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? Thanks.
 I haven't tried WinSock yet and will give that a go.
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WinSock didn't change anything.
Got it! All I had to do was turn my modem off and back on. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ...