I recently reformatted (read today) a computer with Windows XP.
I re-installed all the standard drivers: video, sound and network. Installed SP3, installed anti-virus + firewall.
The motherboard is a Asus P5RD2-VM. I got the network driver directly from the asus website, from the motherboard page. Realtek RTL8111b 10/100/1000M LAN Driver Version 5.652.627.2006
While the machine was already running, I plugged into the ethernet port on the back directly from the modem (broadband cable).
It made the connection, I connected to the Internet, I started downloading Windows updates after activating Windows.
Upon restart, it came back with "limited connectivity", I'd lost my connection for some reason. I tried repairing the connection, but it couldn't reaquire an IP address. It was assigning me an automatic private IP address (169.254.x.x)
I restarted the machine, same deal. Reset the modem, same deal.
Then I unplugged the network cable, restarted the machine and didn't plug the cable back in until Windows had started. It got the connection no problem, normal IP address and away I went.
Problem is, if I restart the computer, back to square one, "limited connectivity", an automatic private IP address.
Any ideas as to the problem, or what I should try?
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Might try going to realtek and download a driver right from them.