I've been searching the internet from the start to the end with no real luck.
My new Windows Vista ULTIMATE 32-bit install simply won't connect anymore. I was online long enough to get activated, but that's about it.
I am connecting directly through a cable modem atm, but I was connected with two switches between me and the modem, as more people are online, but not in a private network. Everyone gets a unique IP from the ISP's DHCP Server. I am writing this on my laptop, using the same way to connect, even with the same cable as a test. So all equipment works like a charm. The problem is Vista!
Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair, 0906 BIOS version - latest known stable.
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 3GHz.
Memory: Kingston HyperX PC6400 2gb, running 4-4-4-12 timing at 800MHz.
HD: 1xWD 500gb SATA2 + 1xWD 250gb SATA2, both running RAID STRIPE.
Sound: SB X-Fi Fatal1ty.
Graphics: ASUS EN9600GT 512MB (The blue card with the heavy fan) x2 in SLI.
PSU: CoolerMaster Real Power 550W (Maybe a bit low some people say, works fine and I never really outmax it.)
Got a WLAN card aswell, but it's disabled as I have no WLAN at home.
The network cards are both onboard, and same problem with both. So atm number #2 is disabled.
At first I had an internet connection, but I ran windows update to get all the hotfixes and updates. Too bad I didn't know they had a hotfix to remove my internet :-O I got SP1 installed now aswell. It's been released as .cab files at least, so you can download it from microsoft.com and use the package installer manually.
I lost connection after installing some of the updates, and a rollback did not solve the problem. So all updates are installed again. Including SP1.
At windows update I got 3 additional updates:
- NVIDIA Corporation driver update for NVIDIA nForce 590/570/550 Serial ATA Controller
- NVIDIA Corporation driver update for NVIDIA nForce(tm) RAID Class Device
- NVIDIA Corporation driver update for NVIDIA nForce RAID Controller
They are marked as Important, Important and Optional.
Their published dates are 12/17/2007, 12/07/2007 and 29/07/2007.
Dates on installed drivers are 09/08/2007, ??? and 09/08/2007, and are newer.. Couldn't really figure out what the RAID Class Device is, but RAID does not have much to do with networking.
WHAT I HAVE DONE SO FAR
- I have tried disabling the DHCP Broadcast Flag in the register, both manually and with a tool someone with the same problem has written. No luck. The tool does its job, but it doesn't help me getting online.
- A lot of different "Disable network, unplug this, unplug that, enable, connect - disable, reboot, enable - bla bla bla" methods people have come up with that worked for them. No luck.
- Installed all the latest drivers for my motherboard, onboard network cards, graphics cards, you name it. Everything is up to date. And that may be the problem? Does anyone know if any of the hotfixes is known to do some harm?
Nothing helps. I have been working on this problem now for 3 days. Reading forum after forum, articles after articles. Lots of solutions, but none of them really fixes my problem.
I can not use a static IP to my ISP (at least it does not work..).
And to end this post I will quote The Beatles:
Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help.