Permanently 'acquiring network address'

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Guest, Dec 4, 2005.

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    Guest Guest

    Hi all! Hope you can help me cos this is driving me mad!
    I have a simple home network - my desktop computer, with a Netgear DG834G
    router/modem, and my stepdaughter has a laptop with a Netgear USB adapter
    WG111. The laptop is connected to my wireless network with 'excellent'
    strength. However it still won't work because the icons on the taskbar also
    say the laptop is permanently "acquiring network address." So although it's
    connected to my network it won't connect to the internet. I have checked it
    is set up to 'acquire IP address automatically.'
    I set up this network after a bit of hassle months ago. Everything has been
    working perfectly until a few days ago, when the laptop apparently just
    stopped connecting at all. I uninstalled and reinstalled the adapter
    software, and the situation is now as above. I know I'm nearly there but what
    more do I need to do to complete the setup?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Thanx in
    Guest, Dec 4, 2005
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    Ryan Younger Guest

    Ryan Younger, Dec 4, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Thanx for that. I AM using Windows XP SP2, BUT didn't use the wizard to
    install the software from Netgear - Netgear specifically said not to. So some
    of the options you suggest are greyed out...
    Guest, Dec 4, 2005
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    Quaoar Guest

    In Device Manager, disable any network connections except for the
    wireless (this specifically means the ethernet nic).

    Power down everything: modem, router, computers. Wait one or two
    minutes, then power up the modem. When the lights stabilize, start the
    router, then the computers.

    If you still do not have a connection, then google (if you can get to a
    working connection) for winsockxpfix.exe. Run it to repair a corrupt
    TCP/IP stack.

    Quaoar, Dec 4, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Thanx for all your ideas people! It's sorted! NOt sure how I did it, but what
    the hell, it's working!
    Guest, Dec 4, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    So how did you fix the problem? I have the same problem and it remains
    Guest, Jan 15, 2006
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    Jeff Guest

    I am another person with the same problem, except mine is intermittent. No
    one seems to have an answer. Very annoying.

    Jeff, Jan 15, 2006
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    bobby bristol

    Oct 2, 2008
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    permanently 'aquiring network address'

    I had this problem, caused by connecting my laptop using my mobile as a modem whilst on holiday. Having spent days trying for a solution, we did a system restore to a date before we went. All is ok now.
    bobby bristol, Oct 2, 2008
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    Dec 7, 2008
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    I used the remedy suggested by Quaoar. Disabling ethernet in device manager did not work, but running "winsockxpfix.exe" got me my wireless connection back! Had to run the Easylink Advisor Wizard to get things back to normal after running thw winsockxpfix. I have a Linksys WRT54G router. Lost my wireless connection when I tried to add another PC to the system and pushed the "Secure Easy Setup" button on the router. It has taken me a week of frustration to find the fix. Thank You! Quaoar!!!
    sweetcamper, Dec 7, 2008
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    Jun 16, 2010
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    try enabling NetBIOS over TCP/IP in the tcp/ip advanced configuration option.
    amaitra, Jun 16, 2010
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