Windows Vista Thread, Internet connectivity issues in Technical; Ok, I know I should upgrade but....
I have a Vista gaming pc at home and it has dropped the ...
31st August 2011, 09:34 AM #1
Internet connectivity issues
Ok, I know I should upgrade but....
I have a Vista gaming pc at home and it has dropped the internet connection. I am connecting to a Buffalo router with Cat5 cable, it gets an IP address and says local and interenet but the browsers won't load. It was fine last week and nothing has changed. It is also running Hamachi and Steam which do not connect either.
It also randomly picks up a 168 IP address...
Anyone any ideas? I have run a scan for viruses.. using AVG.. which could be the culprit.. hmmm
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31st August 2011, 12:01 PM #2
Sounds like you need to set a static IP and browse into your router. Basically, sounds like your router may be borked/duffed/shafted etc... How old is the router?
31st August 2011, 12:08 PM #3
It'll be a 169.x.x.x address, which as above means there's a problem with your DHCP server (your router). If you haven't already, you can try basics such as switching the power off to the router, waiting up to a minute, then switching it back on.
Other possibilities are an aggressive firewall (blocking everything), malware or even a rootkit which are difficult to get rid off. Many malware also enable proxy settings, which would stop internet access, but wouldn't stop obtaining an IP address.
31st August 2011, 12:18 PM #4
Tried the static IP route as this problem occurred with my other half's Vista Laptop. Didn't work this time though. The router is about 6 years old but all the Windows 7 laptops work fine.
Originally Posted by DAZZD88
Last edited by NikChillin; 31st August 2011 at 12:26 PM.
31st August 2011, 12:22 PM #5
Though that too, I did check the proxy settings and all was fine, I am now thinking that an upgrade to Windiws 7 might be in order, thaen I might look into upgraging my ADSL - YES!!!! ADSL router, we lost our bid for a fibre link grrrr! I was hoping to upgrade that when the internet connection was upgraded. Oh well.
Originally Posted by Michael
Thanks for your input guys!
31st August 2011, 12:32 PM #6
If your other Windows 7 clients are fine, it does sound like you have a nasty on certain machines. Malwarebytes is a good place to start. Upgrading to Windows 7 'as new', would most likely delete the virus/malware/rootkit however please be aware Windows 7 isn't immune from these.
31st August 2011, 12:46 PM #7
I agree Michael, but sometimes it is quicker to re-install the OS than mess about running scans. But I do hate vista too!
31st August 2011, 12:49 PM #8
I must agree, Vista isn't the best OS. Service Pack 2 made it better, but Windows 7 SP1 is definitely more optimised.
2nd December 2011, 11:38 AM #9
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168 IP address is a default IP given by the OS, it simply means the system does not have a connection to the internet. So that would explain why your browser window is not loading.
Scanning your drive for adware is probably your best option, prior to upgrading, because you could carry the issue over to your new installation.
2nd December 2011, 11:42 AM #10
Originally Posted by rdokoye
Sorry but that's just wrong, most computers connected to a router get a 169 address as it's the standard for internal IP's, your outward facing IP address is the unique IP for your connection which the router is sharing
Please ignore my dose of dumb!
Last edited by LosOjos; 2nd December 2011 at 11:56 AM.
Reason: cover up the dumb
2nd December 2011, 11:49 AM #11
169.x.x.x addresses are APIPA addresses, from Windows. It means a machine has no static IP set and can't connect to a DHCP server.
Originally Posted by LosOjos
2nd December 2011, 11:55 AM #12
I'm thinking of 172
Originally Posted by dwhyte85
6th December 2011, 11:15 AM #13
i would uninstall Hamachi, I have seen it do weird things to IP Settings and network adapters on Vista machines, I'd uninstall it and do a reboot and see if you network picks up again. if it does then use something else for remote access like Team Viewer.
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