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Acquiring Network Address - can't locate DNS/DHCP problem?

Q: Acquiring Network Address - can't locate DNS/DHCP problem?

Hi all

The nightmare begins: I turned my computer on last night and my interweb had broken!!! It was working the day before and for a good 6 months prior with not a hiccup. I've noticed that a million and 10 people have a similar problem.

I have a professionally set up simple home network between my own computer (Dell Inspiron Windows XP SP2) and my brothers Dell laptop (Windows 7). Brothers laptop WILL still connect to the internet fine.

We run a Dynalink ADSL2 Router to an 8 port Switch and then to our computers - yes, we use cables!

I'm on my work computer at the moment.

My computer still seems to be able to talk to the modem, it will detect an IP address and Subnet mask but then when it starts to locate the DNS is just gets stuck on 'Aquiring Network Address' for 5 minutes and cuts out with 'Limited or No Connectivity'. The latter being the case.

I am getting a 169.254.x.x IP address though. My brother's is totally different, starting with 198.... My subnet mask is

I've run every antivirus and spyware scanner I have. No baddies detected.
My Detect IP are all set to automatic. Everything is ticked where it's meant to be.
I have Enabled the NetBIOS whatsit.
DHCP is enabled.
I've 'Repair'ed till I'm blue in the face.
I've tried several different ports in the switch in case one was faulty.
I've done all the shutting down and starting up in sequence.
I've tried switching off firewalls, etc.
I haven't done a system restore yet. Just thought of that when I got to work.

Please help!


Preferred Solution: Acquiring Network Address - can't locate DNS/DHCP problem?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Acquiring Network Address - can't locate DNS/DHCP problem?

It could be a driver problem, so install the latest for your ethernet or do the System Restore you mentioned.

You are right to try different switch ports; best to (temporarily) use one that you know is now working. Same for the cable--make sure it is good by testing with another computer.

If you have a non-Windows firewall it could be corrupted so best to test by un-installing it and running the Removal Tool if one is provided.

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Hey there!
I have a pc with windows xp pro sp2 installed on it.
Yesterday I had to reinstall windows. When it finished installing I installed the drivers and everything, but when I wanted to connect to a network, it said that it was "acquiring network address" but nothing really happens and I connect to the network. This happens with the Local Area connection and also with a wireless connection.
And yes, I checked the DHCP service and it's "started".
Thanks in advance.

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Have you updated the OS completely? Did the motherboard come with a CD of drivers and after installing them did you update them? I'm going to assume that you have had to reboot a few times during all of these processes. You might also want to reboot your router so that it flushes its cache of data on the old configuration.
Keep us posted

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Yes, I have seen the various posts about this on this site and many others. My issue is different than the others I've seen. Well, not the problem, but th situation it is occuring in. The problem is with my desktop which uses a wired connection. My wireless connection on my laptop is fine. I just moved to college and the campus has wireless everywhere, and two ethernet ports in every dorm room. I have tried 3 different ethernet cables (one brand new one), tried other rooms ethernet on the desktop with the new cable. When plugged into the wall, the NIC has an orange light with a flashing yellow/gree light. When I plug the router in and plug the desktop into the router, I get the normal green light and orange flashing light. The router lets my laptop connect to it wirelessly so the problem is now that my desktop is not accepting an IP address. I have tried several fixes; winsockfix, a few commandprompts to fix my winsock and/or tcp/ip. I tried uninstalling and reinstallig my motherboard drivers (the NIC is a chipset). I tried giving it a static IP both connecting it with the gateway IP for the wall connection and then the router IP. It actually stops saying "acquiring network address" and "limited or no connectivity" but the connection does not work. I will also add that the school network requires you to register as soon as you try to use the internet the first time, this is how it knows to assign the IP through DHCP. I have tried emailing the school&#... Read more

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I'm having an issue with our Dell laptop connecting to our Linksys wireless system. It has worked flawlessly for years, but we logged on today and it gets hung up on 'Acquiring Network Address'. I've read all the blogs, tried all the fixes, and everything seems to point to needing the 'AFD Driver'. I checked the computer and it's missing from the list of systems--virus??. I'm guessing this is the issue? If so, how do I get it back? If not, I can provide a lot more background on fixes I've tried. Thanks for your help.

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I have the strangest problem ever!!!! I'm using HP6730s laptop and I can get connected to the internet from any place but I can't connect from my home. I'm using a PC also and the PC gets connected perfectly. My internet connection is ADSL and all the settings are as they should be. On the lappy also everything is as it should be coz I've tried all the things like...resetting IP from command prom, checking my mac address, the INTCP/IP properties is on obtaining IP automatically. On cmd PATH

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Hi:Not much to go on here,but here are some things to try initially:
Disable all firewalls including any third party suites (norton/mcaffee,etc,)
If wireless,disable encryption and mac address filtering if active
Makse and models of modem and router(if in network)
If wireless,can you connect directly to the modem.?Same problem ?
If still have the problem,let's see this from the failing pc.
Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD then press Enter to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following command:

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

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For some reason I can no longer get a wireless connection. I was having problems booting into windows and got that problem solved, but then I discovered I could not get a wireless connection anymore no matter what I tried.

I did a search on this problem and there are tons of people with this problem of being stuck at acquiring network address and going no further. I have tried everything I saw suggested.

I went into the cmd prompt and did and ipconfig /flushdns ... ipconfig /release ... and ipconfig /renew and that didn't work.

I use the run feature and use the service msc and made sure automatic was selected in the NLA.

I checked the TCP/IP and made sure that was set for automatic.

I tried disabling and enabling the wireless connection.

I tried the repair option, but it just gets stuck at acquiring network address.

I tried to unplug the modem and router, waited over 60 sec. pluggled the modem first wait for it to come on completely then the router then tried the cmd prompt using those ipconfig commands I mention earlier.

I tried to reinstall the driver for the wireless network adapter. I checked the device manager and it states that the adapter is working properly. I can see the LED light flashing as it usually does.

Here is some of the info I got from the ipconfig ...
Physical address: 00-E0-55-00-01-61
DHCP Enabled ................. Yes
Autoconfig Enabled .......... Yes
IP Address .......................
Subnet Mask ....................
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Can someone help me with connections to our wireless network? We have a desktop and laptop already connected to a WPA-PSK network. I have another laptop and desktop that were Christmas presents for family members. The two new computers have green lights showing their wireless adapters are on and working. They try to connect; I input the encryption password; and the little WLAN icon and the Wireless Connection icons both turn green and start communicating. Unfortunately, the status continues to show "Acquiring network address." If I go to details, it is searching through channels and then trying to connect...until the WLAN goes red and the Wireless Connection icon is covered with a red X.

If I go in and manually set the IP Address, etc., it will show the computer is connected to the network, but when I try to get online, the page is not available offline.

Any help?


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Recently I got a Windows XP, and I upgraded to SP2. Few minutes after the upgrade, my internet connection said "Acquiring Network Address". I tried clicking "repair", but it just seems to hang on "renewing your IP address". I have no idea what to do. Because of this, that computer is unable to access the internet.

I'm using a D-Link Wireless USB if anybody is wondering.

Also, I'm not very good with computers, so step-by-step solutions would REALLY be appreciated.

I hope you guys can help me.


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I have HP6730s lap top. Until now i didn't have any problems to connect to the net anywhere, cable, adsl, wireless...I live in a new place now and I can't connect to the internet. If I go to the net cafe I get connected but not at home. The router is TP link and it's connected via LAN. There is a PC connected to this network and it works perfectly. I tried changing IP address manually, first it was obtain ip address automatically, I tried to make a connection type PPPoE but that didn't worked too..I tried switching off the router and modem and switching on again, switching off the antivirus and the firewall and still nothing...the problem remain acquiring network address, after saying that for some time it just goes the network cable has been unplugged.

thank u in front to any of those who will find the time to try solving this strange problem of mine

P.S when I'm typing in the address bar it doesn't open router set up page. The green light on the the network card on my laptop it doesn't blink when I put the cable in.

A:HELP Acquiring network address STRANGE PROBLEM STILL NOT SOLVED !!!!!

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I have a Netgear W111 (GE) v2 wireless network adapter connected to a desktop PC and receiving from a BT Home Hub. The signal from the Hub is good and the adapter sees the signal and connects. However, it spins when trying to acquire a network address and eventually fails leaving me with no connectivity. I have a laptop which connects via its own wireless card successfully using the same WEP key to the same Hub. I have downloaded the latest installation software from Netgear to no avail.

Can anyone suggest a possible solution?

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Hey Guys,

I woke up today and turned on the desktop computer and it has trouble connecting to the internet...and I didn't do anything out of the norm.

My house has 4 PC's (2xlaptops and 2xdesktops) and all are connected to a Netgear FVS318 router, which is connected to a Motorola Broadband modem.

I noticed that the network icon kept appearing and disappearing so I opened up "Network Connections" and observed the bizarre behavior. The Local Area Connection kept repeating -> Acquiring Network Address...Connected...Acquiring Network Address...Connected...Acquiring Network Address...Connected...etc.

I don't know what is wrong and would appreciate some assistance with this problem. Thankyou.

If it helps.
- I had to open up a few ports in my router the previous night to play an online game on one of my laptops. But that shouldn't affect my desktop.
- All of the other computers can access the internet through the router perfectly.
- I've tried making a new network connection. Didn't work.
- I've tried repairing the LAN network
- I tried to repair the 1394 connection but ti said the TCP/IP wasn't enabled and couldn't repair it.

Also, I've read about turning on a service called "Network Location Awareness" ... I don't know what it is but would that help my situation?

Thankyou for your time.

A:Solved: Acquiring Network Address...Connected...Acquiring Network Address...Connected...etc.

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Im working with windows xp and netgear wireless adapter n150 it says that it has successfully accessed the wifi but in the status it say that theres an invalid ip adddress then when i go to view network connections it says acquiring network address i have enabled the adapters. I dont know what else to do im on my laptop now so idk how to get the cmd screen here.HELP!

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Mr Juice ,

Yeah it looks like your WiFi router is not, acknowleding your Adapter with IP address. A good trouble shooting command is

ipconfig in the cmd prompt, (Usuually you will see starting with 192.168.x.x... or something or 172) but if you see 169.x.x.x, then tell me. I can say you have a problem

ipconfig/release and then ipconfig/renew see if this helps.

Bharat Chandra Penumutchu

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i'm using a dell inspiron 8600, sp3. i've never had problems accessing the internet until a few weeks ago when i moved. i was slated to join in on my roommmates network, but for some reason I cannot connect. Or more precisely, I connect for about 2 seconds, and I'm immediately bumped off. My roommates tried to fix it, but in vain. the signal is coming in strong on my computer, so I'm not sure what the issue is. any help is definitely welcomed.

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So as of today I have a problem with either my router/Modem/or Laptop. I'm not sure which. I have had my ISP (comcast) for about a month now and have had no problems but today when connecting to my wireless network my computer wouldnt go any further than "Acquiring network address" for 15 minutes then when it finally did I was told I had "Limited or no connectivity". I have power cycled my router and my modem I have reset the router to factory defaults and set it back up how I originally had it set up I have tried releasing/renewing my IP, and I have tried setting myself up an IP within my routers range and nothing has worked. If someone could please help it would be greatly appreciated.

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I've recently (1 week ago)had the pleasure of getting the XP Antispyware 2012. I printed out the uninstall guide from this site, followed the procedures and got rid of it. But now 1 week later I cannot go on the internet and the network icon in the bottom tray says "acquiring network address". I searched and followed the posts to get the internet connection to work again on this forum, but couldn't get it to work.

Thanks, Heather

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Downloadhttp://download.bleepingcomputer.com/farbar/FSS.exeand run it on the infected PC.* Click on "Scan".* It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.* Please copy and paste the log to your reply

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Hello guys, I have a litle network at home of three pc's. One of them today is giving me the next message "acquiring network address". Do you know what can I do?

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read this article from microsoft...are you using xp sp2

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I am connecting wireless to a router. Since this morning, I am unable to connect to the internet, the signal strength is excellent but it keeps saying "Acquiring Network Address".
When I checked Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services, DHCP Client had stopped running(it was set to Automatic), when I manually started it, it said "Could not start DHCP client- dependency service or group failed to start'.
I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T60 laptop.
Any help appreciated.

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I am in US using Verizon DSL. DSL Connect Rate (Down/Up) 1792 KBits/Sec by 448 KBits/Sec. The modem is Westell VerseLink Model 327W. Wired connection on a Dell Dimension 4500 with Windows XP SP2. Firefoz is the Internet browser in use.

I have a problem with the internet connection. On the system tray it says that the internet connection is acquiring network address. When I try to use the "repair" button it gets stopped on Renewing IP Address. I tried using WinsockXPfix, reinstalling the Ethernet adapter, inpconfig/all shows:

Windows IP Configuration:

Primary DNS Suffix:
Node Type: Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled: No
WINS Proxy Enabled: No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 3:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix:
Description: CNet PRO200WL PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
Physical Address: 00-08-A1-23-DE-51
Dhcp Enabled: Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled: Yes
IP Address:
Subnet Mask:
IP Address: ?
Default Gateway:
DHCP Server:
DNS Servers: ?

Tunneling adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix:
Description: Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address:FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF
Dhcp Enabled: No
IP Address: ?
Default Gateway:
NetBIOS over Tcpip: Disabled

ipconfig/renew shows an error "An error occured while renewing interface Local Area Connection 3 : The RPC server is unavailable."

Any help?

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Hi, I have been suffering a very well documented problem, only thing is that none of the answers seem to help me.

Okay here goes,

I am running Windows Xp Sp2.
Wireless router: Belkin 54g
Wirless Network Card : USR 54g
512 mb Ram
I have broadband internet access, routed through the above device. I started to suffer some problems and occasional disconnection from my wireless network. I reformated for a number of reasons, hoping that this problem would be eradicated.

I get an error in connection properties saying, invalid IP address. This happened before and after the re-format. It hangs on acquiring network address. It happens only ocassionally, but for long periods.

My router has DHCP enabled and goes with the standard range, =>100 (my machine also has DHCP enabled)
Lease time is : Forever.
Encryption enabled. (WEP 128 bit)
Firewall off on machine.
I have three other machines on the netwrok that work fine. (2 XP, 1 Millenium)

I get good signal strength and link to my router, however I cannot access the net or the workgroup because of the Ip address problem (says it's invalid). I have tried to restart the router, changed the channel, changed network key. Used Winsock fix. I have tried to manually enter the IP address. Uninstall / re-install network card. The strange thing is that it fluctuates, sometimes it's fine and the IP address is assigned by DHCP, then it appears invalid. "" It does not appear to be caused by any one actio... Read more

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When your connection fails is there another wireless signal on the same or close channel?

Any other possible objects that could be interfering with the one connection, but not the other ones--2.4Ghz cordless phone, TV, Microwave, etc.?

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Ok....the icon on the toolbar that shows the status of your netwok connections is on the tool bar and if you double click on it says Acquiring Network Address, below that it lists the ip address as,,,,

I am currently using an NVidia nForce networking card, i also tried using a linksys fast e card and I get the same message.

I connect to the internet through a Speedstream dsl modem.

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Is the Modem also a router?
If it is just a modem does your ISP require you to let them know what the MAC address of your network card is?

Does device manager show that the network card is working properly?
Has the connection ever worked in the past or is this a new connection?
What Operating System are you using and what service pack level is it at?

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Hi there,

Iv got an HP Pavilion dv6730ei which i painstakendly converted the os from vista to xp, as i was left with no choice. I dont know a great deal about computers but iv learnt a lot more from this past experience. My notebook has an Atheros AR5006X wireless network adapter which seems to be working just fine in device manager, and its detecting the wireless network i need to connect to. The desktop where the router is connected has no problem and is working perfectly, but when i try connect to the network it connects and then says acquiring network address forever. I read that one could ping the network to see if its communicating with it, but im still a bit confused with the whole ip address concept. Im not sure if the computer has the ip address or the router or both, and because of this i wasnt sure which address to ping.

There is a yellow question mark next to one of the ethernet controllers in device manager, but i assumed thats because i havent installed all the required drivers yet, which i cannot do until iv installed the required windows updates.

There is a security key which i have to enter when attempting to connect to the network and iv checked that it is correct.

In cmd, when i type ipconfig, it brings back, "ethernet adapter wireless network selection" with an ip address and subnet mask of

Still in cmd, when i type ipconfig/renew, it hangs for awhile and then returns, "An error occured while renewing interface wireless networ... Read more

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Hi all,

I was sent here by Broni since my problem extend to window problem.

Here is the post:

I hope you can help...


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Well, I read thought your whole ordeal so far... and yikes, what a mess. I would strongly suggest that you try a fresh Windows install after doing a full format. Since this is a laptop, can you perform a "factory restore" returning the laptop to like it was when you first took it out of the box? Are there any yellow exclamation points in the device manager?

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Hi i have been dealing with a bad virus and finally removed i believe but cannot access my firewall have error code 1075 dhcp and cannot connect to internet . i am not technical when it comes to this and would love some help. i seen a thread online where u guys helped with a similar problem

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Hi -Try a quick TCP/IP repair as per below -TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2/SP3.Start, > Run, > Type CMD to open a command prompt:In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands, each followed by the Enter key:Note: Type only the text in bold for the following commands.Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults, type: netsh int ip reset reset.logReset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults, type: netsh winsock reset catalogReboot the machine.Thank You - EDIT -Please do not add HJT or other logs in this area unless requested -

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I am working with Blender and Dave on 2 other issues with desktop machines in my office - this issue has to do with my personal laptop - I have had a string of incredible bad luck recently with computers.My laptop recognizes wireless networks in the area, and tries to connect, however it only goes as far as "acquiring network address", and does not actually connect to the internet. I also have a wired high-speed connection that doesn't detect the internet either. The internet was working Friday Oct 5, but did not work on Saturday the 6th. I tried using System Restore to reset the settings to Friday or before, but there were no restore points stored. I checked to make sure system restore was on, and it was turned on. I've also run AVG, Adaware, Spybot s&D, Vundofix, and Smitfraud. I've tried assigning a static IP address, and the PC states it's connected, but it's not - no browsing or email. I've also tried to start DHCP, but received the following: error 1068:The dependancy service or group failed to start.After reading the bleepingcomputer warning about Smitfraud, I'm afraid that AVG may have deleted part of the LSP chain, causing the internet to be lost. Also, after running Smitfraud in Safe Mode, my main screen appears to be a lighter color of blue. Since I can't connect to the internet with the PC in question, I've been using a jump drive to download and transfer programs and reports back & forth. Is there any way you can check to see what's ... Read more

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Hey Mike,

What makes you think AVG deleted LSP items? It show in AVG log?
Have a file name it deleted? Path?
SmitFraudFix find something?

What OS is this laptop please?
If XP what service pack does it have? 1 or 2 or none?

Don't post no logs here... let me know what you found and I'll get the thread moved to HJT if necessary.

Running SmitFraudFix on a non infected computer will reset the background settings like that blue...
To fix:
Right click desktop> properties> desktop> change pic in there.
Apply settings.
Need to log off/on again to make it work usually.


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I'm having essentially the same problem as described in this thread.

it goes to "acquiring network address," and then gets stuck there for a couple minutes. Finally, it switches to "limited or no connectivity" with an error triangle icon.Click to expand...

I bring my laptop to work because my web maintenance job occasionally requires things that the work computer is not equipped for, like graphics editing. For months I've been networking with the work computer just fine, then suddenly it stopped working.

Just before I hit this glitch I stayed in a hotel with a wireless connection. While there, I input the network password but couldn't connect, so they had me delete their router from the list and manually re-enter it. After that it worked fine. However, I ran into this issue when I got back to work.

The oddity is that I tried taking the same action to correct the problem - deleting and re-entering it - but it made no difference whatsoever. Even though the computer can automatically detect the router and I have the correct password, it just sits on "acquiring network password" infinitely or "limited to no connectivity" just as described above. This has been a persistent problem for weeks now.

My laptop is a Dell Vostro running WinXp. The work computer is a Gateway running Vista.

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I take the lack of response to mean that there is no new information on this type of error. I was hoping that since it is so common someone may have discovered the most likely solution.

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I have a Toshiba nb205 (3 Yrs) with Windows XP that I just restored. All working except wireless, I get aquiring network address message and it never connects hard wired is fine

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use Wired or WiFi but not both - - manage this by disabling the one you DON'T want to use.

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My computer has recently started saying "acquiring network address" and has not been able to connect to the internet. My toolbar has also reverted to what looks like an older version. I run on xp and I have internet explorer 7. I have run virus scans and stuff already. I have also done some research, but most explanations for my problem are full of techno-lingo. However, I have tried running ipconfig but that hasn't worked. If anyone could offer some step by step instructions, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm not that good with computers but I know some stuff. Oh yeah my connection is wired (however you say 'not wireless')

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No matter what I try I cannot get my computer to release the old IP and get a new one. I have switched modems, replaced cables, Ethernet cards, everything I have been told by techs. I have even ran Winsock, installed different Explorer.

Any help would be great.

Thank you

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Hey all,

So my internet connection appears to be working fine [other housemates continue to use it without problems] but for some reason I'm finding that my own connection seems to be okay but is "acquiring network address" continuously, meaning I am unable to access the internet.

Currently my network connections set it to acquire an IP address automatically. Previously I manually input an IP address and whilst that told me that the connection was "very good" and "connected", I was still failing to access the internet [opening IE would lead to the "This page cannot be displayed..." message and repairing didn't help].

CMD'ing it shows that the IP address is currently which is not ideal, so I wonder if I could manually input another IP address that may have more success?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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I have latitude d610 laptop that will not connect to the wireless internet at my house anymore. Sometimes it will pick up the wireless sometimes it won't. When it does it seems to get hung on acquiring network address. It works fine on other networks and other laptops work fine on my home network. So I know that the wireless card and the router both work. I deleted the network from memory on my laptop and now it doesn't want to detect the wireless network. I have repaired the connection, reinstalled drivers, reset the router, and checked various settings but I didn't see any abnormalities. What should I try next?

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It sounds like your wireless adapter may be failing. Please attach a screen shot of the Networks page of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector. Also show ...

Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
(For Vista or 7 type CMD in the Search box after Start)

Type the following command:


[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.

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My laptop when wired to the home network router cannot renew the IP address. It was stays in that mode of "acquiring network address". When the 'repair' is initiated, all I get is the message. It will connect to a wireless network readily however. Please someone school me.

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when moving from wireless to wired, it helps to DISABLE the wireless adaptor,
which forces the system to look for another

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I haven't even turned on my computer for about 4-5 days. I turned it on just yesterday and my internet was limited and very slow ... It pops up saying Acquiring Network Address. I check the status and its still sending packets at a pretty constant rate although im receiving them really slowly. I restarted my router's power and it returned to normal after about 30 minutes.. Restarted my computer and the same thing happened again. I can't even go to my router's ip tried in IE and it wont load. Im going to assume its my router's problem because i had this problem in the past but it was resolved in a day.

Thank you for your help in advanced!

As of right now its still sending packets and all but its still constantly saying Acquiring Network address

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i have a brand new dell, pretty nice, and windows xp. my computer worked fine until last night. in the bottom right corner, near the clock, you usually have a green checkmark next to two computers, telling you that you have interent connection. now, i have two blue screened computers and yellow dots, which says when i hover over it 'acquiring network address'.

i tried shutting it down, restarting, rebooting in safe mode, reseting the modem, even overnight. my other computer works and i can still connect to xbox live in the other room.

and btw, its not a wireless connection. someone please help....

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... and made a fundamental mistake of uninstalling adapters hastily without looking into it. Now when I try to re-install the adapters, I'm running into difficulties. Specifically, I don't have the CD-ROM I originally must have used, and the following message is popping up: "Files Needed - The file 'atl02_2k.sys' on Atlansic Fast Ethernet Adapter Installation Disk is needed. Type the path where the file is located and then click OK." Unfortunately, I don't have any idea if there is a path where this is located, so installation cannot complete.

The reason I took this option to begin with was that the wireless connection on my laptop [Asus, Windows XP] was acquiring network address without ever connecting fully to the internet. I had previously tried another of other methods, such as manually entering an IP address, to no avail.

Now I think I've gone and added to the problem exponentially. Any help or advice to somebody unfamiliar with such teething problems would be greatly appreciated.

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I have a problem. A certain wireless network PCCard decided to suddenly stop working. It used to work fine, but now when I try to connect it says "acquiring network address" for a long time, then it says I have limited or no connectivity (even though the signal strength is good). I hadn't made any changes to the system before this happened, and replacing it with another older card I have works fine. Anyone knows what the problem might be? Has the card simply broken, or could it be a deeper problem? Thanks!

A:Wireless problem: "Acquiring network address" and then no more!

Annnnnnnnnnd here is the fix!

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Ok, somehow it fixed when i reentered the WEP or WPA key.. though i had done this before .. and the reason for it stoping in the first place was non existant... anyway.. thank you for giving me somewhere to type somethign while i stressed..

I didn't even restart the computer.
I went out while burning a dvd, came back to collect the dvd and noticed the internet had shut off.. thought my dad may have shut off the internet or pluged the ethernet cable straight into the pc downstairs instead of the router. Came back later and realised it was just saying acquiring network address...

Windows XP SP2
Actiontec GT701-WRU router
Actiontec 802UIG-1 card on my PC
At the moment om on my laptop... (Norton 360)
My PC has ZoneAlarm (free)
Downstairs PC has Norton 360

I have pressed the repair button on the wireless connection 4 window, it said "windows could not finish repairing the problem because the following action cannot be completed: Disbling the wireless network adapter. Make sure your network adapter is properly installed."

Run>cmd>ipconfig /release
"IP address for adapter Wireless Network Connection 4 has already been released"

Run>cmd>ipconfig /renew
"an error occured while renewing interface wireless network connection 4 : unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out."

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A:Network stopped connecting - still acquiring network address...

Glad you fixed your problem.

Just a comment...
When troubleshooting your wireless problem, you summarized the actions you took.

Maybe you just didn't mention doing it, but as a very first thing to do: I find it often helpful during wireless problems to grab a network cable and run wired connection between the computer and router to see (1) if that connection is working (2) see what might be going on in the router and its current status

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I am running into this strange networking issue with my computer (desktop)

1) Wired onboard LAN.
2) I checked cable & router by connecting to a laptop ( so both the cable and router are fine)
3) The motherboard is a GA-EX58-UD3R i7-920 motherboard
4) Realtek 8111/8169 LAN Driver

Things were working great until I ran windows update.
Windows update suggested that I update my network driver which I did !!

Since then the network connection keeps flipping between "Acquiring network address" & "network cable unplugged" every 5 secs

I unistalled the driver and installed the latest driver from the board manufacturer. Also from Realtek website but nothing seems to work.

I have tried to setup static ip. After that the connection says connected and "ping" works but nothing else does. Ping to the router does not work.

I am able to connect using the router/cableModem to the internet using my other laptop.. but the desktop is not working.

Any Ideas what might be wrong?

A:Acquiring network address / network cable unplugged

Rule #1: never allow Windows Update to update your hardware drivers!

Okay, there are lots of other more important rules; that one's probably about #23 or so. Still...

Did you try the "Roll back driver" option to go back to the previous working version? You could try obtaining an older version of the driver and force the system to install that... you don't specify what version of Windows, but most of them try pretty hard to make things mindless for the users and so may not be replacing the bad driver with the one you want if it thinks the bad one is "more suitable".

First, boot into Safe Mode, go to the Device Manager, and Uninstall all the instances shown of the network adapter.

When you reboot, Windows will redetect the NIC - tell it you want to "Install from a list or specific location", then "Don't search. I will choose the driver to install.", and finally use the "Have Disk" button to point it at the older version of the driver. It may complain about it being an older or uncertified driver, but tell it to use the driver anyway.

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Hi guys,

My system just keeps showing "acquiring network address".. but never connects. i dont know if it was something i did, atleast thats what i think. Here is the system info... I am on a home nwtwork with 4 systems connected but only my system doesnt connect to the net and internal network to.. it was working fine till last two days... my OS is WInxp. I am sure more info is needed and i am happy to put them up as required... Appreciate any help here..

A:"Acquiring network address" problem

you can try running ipconfig /renew which will do the same thing but because its run in dos it tends to work better. Or if you are connected to a router or switch you can try to set a static IP thus the computer wont need to acquire a network address

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i have a new router D-LINK DIR-600 and set it all up on my desktop. Desktop is working without any problem but my laptop keep failing to connect on it wirelessly (laptop is windows xp)... please help!

A:Acquiring network address... Connect

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I'm having some issues with the Dell Latitude D510 laptop at my office which runs Windows XP Home Edition. The laptop won't stop "acquiring network address".

About a week ago, our tech guy created a new wireless network and connected all of the other computers to it fine, they are plugged into the router though. The laptop was still "connected" to the old network (which was basically no connection because he deleted it or something) and so I went to connect it to the new one. I am able to connect to the new network and it has good signal strength, however it's just stuck on acquiring network address.

I've tried resetting the modem and router and typing some commands into command prompt (I forget which, something I found from a quick google search). The settings say that it's set to automatically acquire the network address. The IP address reads all 0's. Also it worked perfectly fine until the new network was created so I don't think this is a hardware issue.

I've tried browsing the forums a bit but nothing stood out as being similar to my problem. Any ideas? Thanks everyone

A:Stuck on "acquiring network address"

Honestly...what you have written doesn't make sense to me...it happens often, my brain is a refurb .

If a wireless network was set up...there's no need to plug in to a wired router.

Not sure who the "techguy" might be, but it seems that the priority in setting up any network...ought to be making sure all systems are properly connected to same.

I suggest that you run an inquiry through this person.


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Hello, a friend of mine is having me work on his computer, and for the life of my, I can't figure out why it's stuck on this, I've reinstalled Drivers, I've added in a new Ethernet Card, Reset my Modem and what not, I'm not understanding what's causing this. Any Ideas anyone?

Windows XP Pro SP3 is the OS.

A:Acquiring Network Address consistantly?

Bad network card. Try a different slot PCI / PCI-E or USB port. Still does it? BNC = bad network card! Get a replacement.

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I have the same problem. When my laptop attempts to connect to the preferred network, it goes into endless acquiring network address mode. Any help?

A:Stalls acquiring network address

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread when you have a new issue. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread.

I've created a new thread for your issue here.

Note: You will need to post complete details of your configuration and your specific issue in this new thread for us to help you.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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I have a slightly older laptop Inspiron 1150 that I can't connect to the Internet.

Both wirelessly (on my home network) with a Linksys-G notebook adapter and hard-wired with ethernet cable, I get the same message:

"acquiring network address". It doesn't.

It sees the wireless router.

I ran IP config and everything is blank:

Connection-specific DNS suffix.:
IP Adress.....
Subnet Mask....
Default Gateway....:

If there is anything I'll need to download, such as a driver, I have to introduce it via a flashdrive connected to the USB port since I have no Internet access on the laptop.

The fellow who gave me the laptop said he had this problem after he updated Windows XP a couple of years ago. He said that previously, he had access by cable but not by Wireless. I don't know what else he might have done.

My desktop computer works fine via the cable modem but I have no wireless (other than the Inspiron) to test that part of the system.

I have low to moderate computer skills so please be as specific as you can with your responses. THANKS !!

A:Solved: Acquiring Network Address

Hi;Let's look at a few basics,and go further if need be.

IP Addresses all O’s
From a JohnWill post:

IP addresses of all zeros are normally caused by one of the following.

1. DHCP Service not running.
2. Duplicate IP address on the network.
3. Bad NIC card drivers.
4. Defective NIC hardware.

1. Check Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services. The DHCP Client service should be Started and its Startup Type should be Automatic.
2. Turn off ALL of the computers and other network connected devices, restart (power cycle) the router, then restart all the computers and other network devices.
3. Check for upgraded drivers and/or reload the Network drivers.
4. Replace the Network Interface Card.

And this will be an expansion of # 3 above.

Let’s take a look at the status of the network adapters

Device manager:

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

Please respond to all the following steps.
1. Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
2. Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
3. Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?
4. Under general tab should be enabled and working properly.
5. If error code,what is it ?

And,from your ipconfig,no default gateway indicates that no router has been found.

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Dear community,

I'm desperate.
A friend of mine recently did (naively) one of the 'recommended' microsoft updates on his
IBM T40 Notebook, Windows XP
and since then his ethernet card (IBM PRO VE 100) refuses to connect.

It constantly tries to acquire the network address without sending or receiving any packets.

I reinstalled the latest drivers, the oldest drivers (2002) I could find and some drivers from 2006 or 2007 without any change.
There is no system restore point on XP (don't ask why).

I disabled all programs which are started while booting, no change.
There is according to McAffee no virus or malware or something similar
Next try was to connect a USB cable modem, same phenomena, 'acquiring network address' without sending or receiving packets.

After searching for this phenomena on google I tried to reinstall TCP/IP according to the microsoft knowledge base, no success.

I tried the following in the command line:

netsh int ip reset reset.log
Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Again, no sucess.

I can ping the computer at without problems.
The 'properties' button of the network connections is disabled when the cable is connected and the card is 'acquiring network address', if it's disconnected according to XP the card is working properly.

Any ideas?
Thanks for your support!

IPconfig log:

Windows IP Configuration

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A:Acquiring network address, no packets sent

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I run Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 (sorry to even say that!) Service pack 3. The connection to the network is wired to a cable model. The provider uses a dynamic IP address resolution. It has been working fine for years but now I'm getting a mssage "Acquiring network address" at a speed of 100Mbps. It never succeeds. When I try to disable it I get a message "It is not possible to disable the connection at this time. This connection may be using one or more protocols that do not support Plug-and-Play, or it may have been initiated by another user or the system account". I'm the only user and the administrator.

Internet protocol propetties show "Obtain IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server automatically". I called my cable provider tech support and we looked at DHS, WINS and Options tabs and everything looked rigtht.

The cable support technician told that my network card was bad and had to be replaced.
Is there a way to confirm/test that? The cable connection is fine as all wireless devices work well. I thought the problem could have been with the cable but when I unplug it from the modem the computer complains which tell me that the existing cable is not broken.

I rebooted the computer but that did not help.
Thanks a lot.


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Hey guys new to these forums, I have a real nice stumper for you..

So about a month or so ago I had a problem with my DSL modem overheating
so I ordered a new one from AT&T. I run a simple home networking setup
DSL Modem going into my PC and a Secondary NIC with Crossover Cable
connected to the downstairs computer. I dial my DSL Through Windows.
Ran it this way for many many years with the old Modem no problem at all.

But now when I hooked up this new one it connects fine everything works
great but for some reason the Secondary NIC Card is constantly Acquiring a New
Network Address. The lease is usually only set for like 90 seconds. I feel that
this is having a performance impact on my system as it has to renew it so often.
Also my event viewer is just OVERLOADED with these error messages occurring
every 5-10 mins:

"Your computer has lost the lease to its IP address on the Network Card with network address 0002B32818E4."

"Your computer was not able to renew its address from the network (from the DHCP Server) for the Network Card with network address 0002B32818E4. The following error occurred: The semaphore timeout period has expired. . Your computer will continue to try and obtain an address on its own from the network address (DHCP) server."

One of my theories about this is that the new DSL Modem has an interface I can connect
to by going to in the browser and when I use Internet Connection Sharing
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A:CONSTANTLY Acquiring New Network Address

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