Wireless woes.

Xia - Oct 16, 2008 at 09:04 AM
 Xia - Oct 17, 2008 at 06:44 AM
I can't seem to add my computer to my network. Basically what happens is the router is recognizing the computer because it's listed but my internet is limited to programs such as ventrilo, Msn messanger, and windows live mail. Internet explorer, Firefox, World of Warcraft and Yahoo Messanger will not connect to the internet. The computer is a Dell dimension 3000 with Windows XP home. I have a USB wireless card thing by Linksys. I have tried running the network set up wizard multiple times and restarts but still no luck. My boyfriends computer which I am writing this on works perfectly fine and he is also wireless.

Any help would be apreciated.


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Okay for the most part other then the first thing you told me to do everything was already set the way its supposed to be. however when I went to check my network connections tab there's suddenly a option for incomming connection. I didn't mess with it too much but there was a tab that said something along the lines of "allow these users to connect" or something. Other then that nothing has really changed to much.
After a bit of debating I replaced the three files mentioned praying that might change something and it didn't. I then started to mess with that incomming connection thing and allowed access to all users and still no change. However I think it is a DHCP problem because I stumbled across a network diagnostic thing in windows system information and the test that failed was a DHCP one. Also I think I should mention that apparently my boyfriends computer was kicked off the internet for a moment while mine was trying to find it. It said something about an IP already being in use. And I'm not sure if this is relevant or whatever but when I change my browsers homepage to say Google.com it keeps going to this go.microsoft.com/<radom linkstuff here>. That could be unrelated but i figured i'd mention it.
xpcman Posts 19530 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,825
Oct 16, 2008 at 11:44 AM
I think that you have a DHCP problem - DHCP gets the IP address from the router -

the first thing to check is NetBIOS over TCP/IP

>> Open up network connections (In Control Panel)
>> Right click on your network (Your wireless connection)
>> Click Properties
>> In the "General" tab click "Internet protocol" (TCP/IP)
>> Click "Properies"
>> Click "Advanced"
>> Click the "WINS" tab
>> Click the Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP button (This is NOT the default option)

The next item to check is the DHCP service itself:

click on start, run, enter 'services.msc'

look for DHCP client....
if it says acquiring network address that means that the dhcp client is DISABLED OR STOPTED... highlight the DHCP client and on the left side you will see "START" the service, click on it and then it will say "STOP, RESTART" then double click on the service and on the startup type select automatic, apply

DHCP Client Service may not start automatically. When you attempt to start the Service manually, the following error may be displayed:

Error: Could not start the DHCP Client Service on local computer
Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start.

The DHCP Client Service in Windows XP, depends on these three components:
* NetBios over Tcpip
* TCP/IP Protocol Driver

If one of the above drivers fail to start, then the DHCP Client Service may not start.
Step I - Make sure that the three driver files are present

Open Windows Explorer and navigate to /Windir/System32Drivers folder. Make sure that the following files are present in the folder:

* afd.sys
* tcpip.sys
* netbt.sys

If one or more of the above driver files are missing, extract them from the Windows XP CD-ROM or from the ServicePackFilesi386 folder, whichever is the latest version.

Step II - Verify the number of Dependencies

From other sources in the Web, I've found that some versions of Norton Antivirus (NAV) adds an entry to the DHCP Service Dependencies, and removing NAV does not remove the appropriate value from the DHCP Dependencies.

To quickly determine the Dependency services for DHCP Client Service, type the following command in Start, Run dialog:


Verify the output. It should be exactly as below:

[SC] GetServiceConfig SUCCESS

BINARY_PATH_NAME : C:WINDOWSsystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs
TAG : 0
: Afd
: NetBT

If additional entries are listed under DEPENDENCIES...
If any other additional drivers or Services are mentioned in the DEPENDENCIES section, you need to remove them via the registry. Follow these steps:

* Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
* Navigate to the following branch:
* Backup the branch to a REG file

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet Services Dhcp

* Double-click DependOnService MULTI_SZ value and set it's data as follows:


* Close Regedit.exe

Step III - Verify that the Dependency Service / components are running

Next step is to verify that the three dependency components are running. As the three components are actually the Kernel Drivers (Driver Service), you need to manage then via the Device Manager. Follow these steps:

* Click Start, Run and type DEVMGMT.MSC
* In the View menu, click Show hidden devices
* Double-click Non-Plug and Play drivers section
* Double-click the entry - AFD Networking Support Environment, and click the Driver tab
* Set the Startup type to System.
* Start the service. Note down the error message if any.
* Similarly start the two other drivers namely:

* TCP/IP Protocol Driver
* NetBios over Tcpip

* Close Device Manager and restart Windows.

report back on your status/results -