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Windows 98 (this may seem stupid)
computerman May-16-01 06:42 PM
I have a dell laptop with windows 98. I have an ethernet card installed and can network it fine with my desktop.. I'm trying to get just the laptop on the internet. When i plug my laptop in the cable modem i dont get an ip address. My windows 95 desktop works fine when i plug in it. How do i configure my laptop to go on the internet( both on at same time is ideal, but just laptop would be fine) thanks

1. RE: Windows 98 (this may seem stupid)
lbyard May-16-01 08:11 PM
In response to message 0
The cable MODEM may be trying to talk with the MAC address of the network adapter that was originally used to set-it-up. Every Ethernet adapter has unique MAC address. This address may be memorized by the cable MODEM, and you may have to call your service provider to get it changed to that of the laptopís network adapter. To fix this problem with a lot of cable MODEMs, however, all one has to do is turn off the cable MODEM (and perhaps unplug the power and coax cable) for a few minutes. I have heard that others have to off for 24 hours. Another possibility is that the IP address assigned to the TCP/IP configuration was assigned while it was connected to the other PC. To fix that problem Start, Run, enter winipcfg, and release and renew the IP address lease. You should see it appear shortly after the renew button is clicked, if the cable MODEM is agreeable. Larry

2. RE: Windows 98 (this may seem stupid)
computerman May-17-01 00:08 AM
In response to message 1
thank you. I do believ im going to have to call my provider and ask them to changed to then laptops network adapter. You are probably asking yourself why i just ant my laptop on the internet.. well diablo 2 is not able to run on my desktop (I think my compture is too slow) and my laptop can run it, so i need a internet connection to play online. Thanks for your help!

3. RE: Windows 98 (this may seem stupid)
Bob Hazel May-19-01 06:12 PM
In response to message 2
Your internet provider may also be looking for a specific computer name (Identification tab in the network control panel)

-bob


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