P4 280GHz 512 RAM
MS Windows XP Pro 2002
Intel PRO/100 VE Network
You (Kevin and Lisa) helped me greatly a while back sorting out a problem in security/hosts/HijackThis. Now I have an entirely different type of problem. I'm not sure what info you need up front, so I'll explain what's happening and what I've tried to do, then if you can kindly help me I'll respond to your reply.
I suspect I messed up my registry. No matter what I do, my other computer cannot connect to the net. The problem started when a newly installed iPod software failed, so I tried to remove/replace it. Although removed using the Control Panel, it denied reinstallation saying iPod was still there. So I tried to remove iPod related reg entries to allow reinstallation. Now I cannot connect to the internet. I'm not sure if that's coincidental or not.
I've disabled, uninstalled, repaired, and added network adapters. I've run the New Connection Wizard. I've reinstalled MSIE and Windows XP. Zone Alarms and AVG are protecting my system, and I've scanned it with AVG, BitDefender, Ad-Aware, and Spybot. I've run CleanUp! and RegSeeker's Clean the Registry.
I've run DOS ipconfig /all and tried both Obtain an IP and DNS Server Address Automatically as well as entering those provided. I've uninstalled/replaced the driver. Device manager says the device is working properly. I have not installed any new equipment since the system connected correctly.
And unfortunately the partition containing my Recovery Wizard and Console cannot be found. I've tried repairing and locating damaged or lost partitions using PowerQuest Partition Magic and Partition Table Doctor (but I'm not sure how they work). In short, I cannot run recovery to replace missing files, drivers, reg entries, etc. I have no startup discs, and I have had no luck finding files to download.
After trying all the above I get the error message:
The following steps of the repair operation failed:
Renewing the IP address
Refreshing all DHCP leases and re-registering DNS names
and Status/Support in Network Connections shows for TCP/IP:
Address type: Invalid IP address
IP Address: 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask: 0.0.0.0
Default Gateway: <blank>
So I'm stuck. What else can I do? What other information do you need to determine a fix? Can I locate recovery disc files online somewhere to download? Are there known reg entries I can add to fix the problem?
Your help would be greatly appreciated.