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Packets sent, not received.


I am running a Micron laptop, PII-366 and Windows 2k SP4. My ethernet connection is through a D-Link DFE-690TXD 10/100M cardbus PC card.

Yesterday morning I could no longer connect to the internet or my local network in the house. Starting small, I checked cables, routers, modem, NIC, etc. No problems with the hardware.

Called Verizon DSL tech support. Since my other machine (Mac G3, OS 10.4.7) was connecting just fine, tech support said it was an hardware issue and they could not help.

9 hours later, I had tried 3 NICs, 2 modems, 5 routers/switches, and about 20 cables. I nuked the harddrive and reinstalled Windows 2k Pro. No results. The machine shows packets sent, but not received.

I am running SP4 on the clean install, and sfc /scannow showed no issues. There is no other software installed.

ipconfig /all returns:

host name...:laptop
primary dns suffix...:
node type...:broadcast
ip routing enabled...:no
wins proxy enabled...:no

connection-specific dns suffix...:
description...: d-link DFE-690TXD cardbus pc card
physical address...:00-0D-88-1B-71-49
dhcp enabled...:yes
autoconfiguration enabled...:yes
autoconfiguration ip address...:169.254.179.81
subnet mask...:255.255.0.0
default gateway...:
dns servers...:

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Everything had worked great for many years until yesterday morning. I had not installed or removed any software, and it was fully (as much as possible) blocked from adware/spyware/viruses.

Thanks.

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This makes no sense. The 169.254.179.81 address tells me that your system isn't picking up an address from DHCP. But if you've wiped the system and reinstalled from scratch (rather than reinstall from an image or backup) and replaced all the hardware as you state, then any fault should have been taken out.

So let's go back to basics. When I see send and no receive, the first thing I look at is cables. So first thing: are you using pre-assembled off the shelf cables or is someone making them up for you? Does the cable go directly from the PC to the switch/router or do you have structured cabling in place and a wall socket into which you connect the PC's cable?.

The other outside possibility is that the only thing you haven't change is at fault: PCI slot on the motherboard. Have you tried moving the NIC to a different slot?

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Looking at this post:

http://www.windowsbbs.com/showpost.p...07&postcount=8

I've thought of something else it could be. What order are you switching the kit on? You need to connect everything up, start the router and give it a few minutes to allow it to start up correctly, before you turn on your computer. If you have the computer on before the router's DHCP service has a chance to get on line, your system won't be able to pick up an IP address and you won't get any communication.

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I am using off-the-shelf cables, tested on different machines. They are not in-wall.

I tried two things:
1) Directly into the modem, waiting 10 minutes for the modem to sync before starting the laptop. Used both PCI slots.
2) Running through the router, waiting 10 minutes. Tried router first, then modem and vice versa for both slots.

When I first tried the second slot, the OS asked me to install the driver for the card. I had installed it earlier when I reinstalled Windows.

Nothing worked. Ipconfig still returns 169.254.220.08.

One tech in town said that a possibility, being that it is an old laptop, is that the PCI slots are worn/broken on the motherboard (His words: the out is working, the in is broken). Not a pleasing thought, but is there any way to test for this?

Thanks for the information!

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Sorry if I missed this detail.
I assume you have a PCMCIA NIC card and no on board NIC for the laptop?
All things seem to point to that NIC. Have you tried another one?

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Sorry,
After I posted the above I went back and re-read your first post. Aparently you have tried 3 Different PCMCIA NIC cards.

Could you try a USB NIC to rule out the slots?

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Sorry,
After I posted the above I went back and re-read your first post. Aparently you have tried 3 Different PCMCIA NIC cards.

Could you try a USB NIC to rule out the slots?
Looks like both of us not pay close enough attention Your PCMCIA slot has to be top of the list. USB NIC would test that.

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