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Network adapter gone after MS Updates

  • Internet Connection
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
January 13, 2011 9:34:20 PM

Ever since I've installed Wednesday's security updates for XP and did a restart, my internet connection is dead (my network adapter was gone in "Network Connections").
Whenever I do "Add New Hardware" and try to repair it, it tells me XP can't repair the connection because renewing the ip adddress fails.
And when I try "ipconfig /renew" in a Dos box, it says it's unable to contact my DHCP server.

I've already done a System Restore to before the updates, but the problem remains.
I saw XP's firewall was enabled so I disabled that, but still nothing.
Uninstalling/reinstalling the driver, disabling/enabling the adapter : nothing. :( 

I also gave my connection a static ip address, after which the repair was successful ... but I still had no connection?!
And my network icon mentions "Status: Connected".

My system : an A64 3200+, 2Gb Ram, 3 Western Digital HD's, Win XP SP3, MSI Neo Fis2R motherboard, onboard RealTek network adapter.

Is there anything else I can do except reinstall XP?

I haven't tried WinSock yet and will give that a go.

More about : network adapter updates

January 13, 2011 9:54:28 PM

[edit 2]

WinSock didn't change anything.
January 13, 2011 11:42:21 PM

Got it! All I had to do was turn my modem off and back on. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ... :wahoo: 

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