I have an old 380ED IBM ThinkPad on which I am having Home Networking problems. Before installing XP I formatted the hard drive to give me a clean start so there are no "old" settings upsetting the system.
I also have a desk PC and a recent Toshiba laptop both networked via a Belkin DSL Wireless Router. The PC is hard wired to the local router and the Toshiba has a Belkin wireless PCMCIA card. Both these machines work fine on the Internet and with file sharing. All computers run Windows XP/SP1
When I auto configure TCP/IP properties on the Thinkpad I get no recognition from the router (PING timed out) When I manually config. I get an IP address in properties nothing like the one I entered and still no PING
Believe me, I’ve been sleeping with this problem for weeks and I’m certain all is OK with the settings. This is not a “routine problem and I need some expert help please.
To help establish the causes I purchased a wired PCMCIA network card which is now cabled up to my router. The wireless card being eliminated as it is not in circuit. With no positive result I also considered the new card may be faulty and the store gave me a replacement
I have learned considerably about networking from this exercise and with help from a knowledgeable friend (by email) I've exhausted all the options on network and TCP/IP settings (notably not the one which will provide a solution) and am now at the count of nine and almost ready to throw in the towel.
With the new card the LAN LED on the router panel is lit as are the two LED's on the PCMCIA card dongle. When I Ping the router with the IP address it always times out and will not connect.
I feel now that there is something odd about this Thinkpad. This is not a regular problem and I may be able to last another few rounds if I can find a genius to help sort it out.
Please can someone out there help?