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Windows XP Networking problem.

by jnanas / January 28, 2004 11:01 AM PST

I was working on a friends computer the other day, on a problem that i havent seen before. The computer is running roadrunner cable internet service provider, never had a problem before. One day it just stopped working, i log onto windows and i notice it has an automatically assigned IP address, one of those 169.254.*.* that Windows loves to assign. I try to do an ipconfig /release, ipconfig /renew and it tells me some message like "The command was trying to be executed on something that isnt a socket" or some message to that nature. This is my first time running into this kind of a problem, what can i do to fix it?

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Re:Windows XP Networking problem. Is this a NT/2000 issue as well?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2004 11:22 AM PST

In short, one could GUESS what that error message was. I will not guess this since you can write it down and supply it intact, and please "in quotes." has all the usual setups. has searches for their errors.

But I see that a simple issue can be easily fixed by removing the TCPIP protocol (control panel, networking) and then adding it back in.

If your network card or cable is DEFECTIVE or drivers missing, the articles at give you great clues that it's a flub in some way that the DHCP didn't work. Whether it's the cable, card, driver is up to you to sort out since Microsoft won't tell you this.


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Re: Windows XP Networking problem.
by cambo / July 28, 2004 10:11 AM PDT

i'm having the exact same problem. did you resolve this? how? please help?

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No information.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2004 10:14 AM PDT

Your post is much too light. No story and no description of your network. Did it ever work?


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Re: No information.
by cambo / July 28, 2004 10:24 AM PDT
In reply to: No information.

home network, road runner through a hub, have 98 comp., me comp, and xp comp home networked (hard wired)to hub. all were communicating and accessing internet fine. one day xp doesn't connect to internet and doesn't connect to network. tried several things.......
only clue i have is i can't renew or release ip address error message something like blah blah was attempted on something that is not a socket. help...please

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by cambo / July 28, 2004 10:35 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: No information.

pinged sent 4 and received 4 still no networking

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Cable modem to HUB = Invalid setup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2004 10:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: No information.

You'll need a router.

Its a common gaffe. Wish someone would document it as an invalid configuration.


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