I've had a Linksys 4 port router working fine with 4 computers attached for about a year. Had a bad storm and no computer could connect to internet. Just figured it got fried and bought a new Linksys 4 port router, same model. Hooked everything back up. But only 3 of the 4 computers can get on the internet. I can't think of anything else to do and pray someone has an idea.
On the offending computer (a 2G Intel machine), I tried a different CAT cable...one from a computer that could hook up to the internet, and it still wouldn't log on, so I discounted the idea that the cable was bad.
I then uninstalled the internet card (via software, device manager), and when I booted up again, WinXP found a new device and installed the proper drivers, so it's seeing the ethernet card, and system properties say that it's working okay.
Understanding that nothing has been changed in properties of the card from when it was working fine, I doublechecked it again and everything is as it should be (i.e., obtaining an address automatically).
Additionally, none of the 3 computers can "see" this offending computer on the network, although we all have the same workgroup name.
Something is not working, but I don't know what else to check. Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Would it be possible that winXP can "see" the card and install the drivers but still something is not working on the card? Should I swap out the ethernet card?