Access issues with 'Local area connection'

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Access issues with 'Local area connection'

Postby videobruce » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:43 am

XP Pro, DSL modem/router (Westell 327)

1. On one PC, the Local Area Connection double computer icon isn't showing. When I go to Network Connections, then try to open 'Local Area Connections' all I get is a "Unexpected error occurred" message that doesn't show in Event List.
I have internet access, but I can't get this to show. I deleted the NIC in Device manager and reinstalled the drivers, but this still doesn't show. I use fixed IP addresses and need to make some changes for other issues.

2. On another PC, when I go into Local Area Connecions and click on TCP/IP Properties to set a static address. After I hit ok and close it out, when I go back to check, it shows it is set to the default 'Obtain a IP address automatically'.
But, when I check ipconfig, the address is the static address I set it for.

Never had either happen before. Any ideas??
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Postby evasive » Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:20 pm

1. sounds like cr*pware/malware to me. do a scan with malwarebytes and superantispyware

2. have seen this before, sounds like a corrupt tcp/ip stack there's something like winsockpfix or similar for that, would have to check the exact name...
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Postby Chozo » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:02 am

To reset Winsock or TCP/IP for XP SP2 and above, open a command prompt (cmd from the Run line) and type "netsh winsock reset" to reset Winsock and "netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt" to reset TCP/IP (both commands without quotes). Perform the Winsock reset first as it has the least likely chance that you will have to reinstall your antivirus and/or firewall software. Also remember that a restart is needed after each command.

For more information, see the following MS KB articles:

Winsock: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811259

TCP/IP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299357
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Postby videobruce » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:46 am

Thanks for the links.
What I would like to know is what exactly happens after the Bios stage and before the desktop appears between the O/S and a router?[/b]
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