What causes IP addressing problems? Well I can only explain what happened to me and how I eventually solved the problem. Like most computer issues, I tried to solve it using some known tricks and than finally needed to uninstall my hardware completely. What a pain, but it worked.

First the problem. Most of us use auto IP configuration to connect to the Internet. What this basically does for us is that our systems auto select what ever IP address is being dished out by our ISP service as needed. Overall the system usually works just fine and we have no issues. But what happend to me was a combination of ISP errors coupled with trying other connections away from home. OK. I was messing with the system and the system fought back! LOL

First my ISP decided to play a game with the modem I have and it being registered to my account. Somehow during a service change over my modem became disassociated from my account. At least that is what the ISP told me. During this original fiasco I went in and started changing router settings, account settings and also assigning a static IP to my wireless hardware all without solving a thing. Next while waiting in our local airport for a flight out, I tried connecting to the free wireless in the lounge area, again, more messing with settings. At our hotel room I played some more trying to get a connection and again when I got home more changing settings, until I finally realized that my hardware was not releasing a IP address which was not working. Simply put my hardware on my laptop was trying to connect to a IP address that was not available and had not been assigned. No matter what I did I could not get a connection.

So first I tried this:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click Run.
  3. Type ‘cmd’ (no quotes) in the text box that appears. A command prompt window will appear .
  4. Now type ‘ipconfig’ (no quotes) to view the status of the computer’s IP address(es).
  5. If the computer is holding a current IP address, type ‘ipconfig /release’ to let go of the address.
  6. Now type ‘ipconfig /renew’ to obtain a new IP address.

Now, this should work and all should be well. But I kept receiving a ‘failed’ message. Oops. Now what. Reboots and trying the above would not work. We all have these thoughts flashing through our minds when our system acts up. Will I have to reinstall Windows? YUCK!

The above didn’t work, so I uninstalled and let Windows reinstall the hardware and it worked. Go figure.

The odds of this happening to you are slim and none. But just in case it does, you can give the process a try.

Comments welcome.

PS If you have any tricks to try, let us know.

[tags]ipconfig, release, ip, failed, hardware, reinstall, [/tags]