"Lease obtained; lease expires" - can someone explain these?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by hungerdunger, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. hungerdunger

    PeeGee Guest

    For himself, not for the friend's father :)


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    PeeGee, Jan 19, 2008
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    Dave Saville Guest

    And I have seen cards not work at all using the built in drivers which
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    Dave Saville, Jan 19, 2008
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  3. hungerdunger

    hungerdunger Guest

    Thanks to everyone for their comments. To answer the specific questions
    above, it's a wireless router; and he uses XP(SP2).

    I think the best solution is to get back to see him as soon as I'm able,
    armed with the extra info you've all provided me with, and take it from

    It did cross my mind that as he does get a bit confused, he might be like
    that character in the "Lost" TV series who had to push a button on a
    computer every few hours to stop the island self-destructing, without ever
    knowing for sure what, if anything, would happen if he failed to press the
    button on time.
    hungerdunger, Jan 19, 2008
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    Graham. Guest

    You're determined to win this argument aren't you ;-)
    Graham., Jan 19, 2008
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    Graham. Guest

    Actually it doesn't, entirely. I could conceive some scenarios involving
    ICS etc. where a USB modem could be used, but I concede these
    would be unlikely here.
    Graham., Jan 19, 2008
  6. A 92-year old computer illiterate with a personal LAN?

    He's clearly been talked through fixing some problem with his PC getting
    an IP from the ISP. And in any events I wasn't suggesting /changing/ his
    ISP, but obliquely suggesting that if he kept getting disconnected then
    he should speak to his ISP.
    Mark McIntyre, Jan 19, 2008
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    Graham. Guest

    If all he has is a router and a PC with wired or wirless connection,
    then he has a LAN.
    Graham., Jan 20, 2008
  8. I read the Op as him having a modem plugged directly into his PC. ICBW,
    the OP would need to clarify the exact config, and the exact nature of
    the problem, if any, that the owner is suffering.
    Mark McIntyre, Jan 20, 2008
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