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perpetual acquiring network address/unable to connect to roommates network

Q: perpetual acquiring network address/unable to connect to roommates network

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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I have a dell laptop wireless router and cable modem. I ruled out the cable modem and wireless router being bad because I can connect to the internet through my phone and through ps3. The laptop can't connect through the router or directly plugged in from the cable modem.

The status of connectivity keeps reading "acquiring network address" and the ip address reads There was a recent post about this but the post ended with no solution to the problem. I tried using a static ip amongst other things and can really use anyone expertise. My laptop was working fine until it just one day decided not to want to be able to connect.

Thank you in advance.

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I am hoping that someone can help me.
We have three computers at home two which are connected to router and working fine and my laptop.
My laptop was connecting to my home wireless network until my daughter used it last. Now it will not connect at all
I used to have to follow the steps below for some reason and then it would connect fine:
Wireless network connections
Change advanced settings
Wireless Networks tab
Then into properties for my wireless network and in association retype my password and then it would connect. (it seemed like to much work every time but it still worked)
There was other networks in the list which i deleted and wireless network connection shows that the network connection strength is excellent but it just seems to get stuck aquiring the network address. I have tried repair etc.

Can someone please help me with this as maybe it's just something simple!!

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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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WRT54G I have an LINKSYS WRT54H router and an internal Actiontec PRISM Wireless LAN USB. I am in a two story building with a basement. on the first floor my connection works excellent with no problems. the router is in the basement. when I try going up to the second floor, I lose the connection altogether. Now, when I put it on a iron step ladder, I get some message "acquiring network address" with a signal strength as excellent, and then it just pops right back up with a x (meaning not connected). I also have an NETGEAR MA111 802.11b Wireless card. This one has some place I can connect (again only on the step ladder) for which I get some very low signal, But I get connected to the Internet. Now here things are complicated. when I have the internal (prism)wireless card enabled, I cannot get any connection. I have to disable and restart my laptop to get the wireless netgear card to connect. Sooo No. 1 how could I get my internal (prism) card to connected to the router, (being that when it comes up as acquiring ip address, the signal strength is very good). No. 2 how can I get my netgear card to connect to the router without disabling my internal prism card.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time and expertise.

A:Help! Acquiring network address, excellent But cannot connect.

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I believe I have successfully removed a virus with with malwarebytes, however, I am now unable to connect to the internet. I am almost certain that it is malwarebytes that has caused this. When I try to connect to the internet, it just stays on acquiring network address. I have read dozens of similar posts about this problem but have yet to find a solution.

Things I have tried to fix this

-reinstalling driver
-making sure internet protocol tcp/ip properties are on automatic
-making sure lan setting are on automatic
-running several different functions from the command prompt
-ran windows recovery console
-ran Winsockxpfix
-ran combofix
-ran maxlook
-ran lspfix
I have the logs from the programs above if needed. What could be the problem?

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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.

A:So I uninstalled my network adapters as my laptop was acquiring network address...

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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?

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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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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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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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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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I have started having great difficulting to the internet wireess over the last two weeks. I almost always get a message that my system is ,"acqiring network address" for hours at a time.

A few times I can get connested after hours of rebooting, deleting connection and re acquiring, but it is very painful. There seems to be a Microsoft article # 314067 which describes my situation of DCHP showing a IP address as, but I cannot see where they offer a fix.

Has anyone ran into a similar solution. It does not appear to be a Hardwwre issue . Powering down and up does not help. My wireless card is good and shows working. I am stumped.

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Hi Draymer,

Welcome along!

Here are some resources from the Microsoft Knowledge Base that will assist you with your issue:

How to troubleshoot home networking in Windows XP

Advanced network adapter troubleshooting for Windows workstations

How to reset Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)

Give them a good read through and see if you can't resolve any conflicts. Do come back if you don't get any joy and we'll all try and help you along!

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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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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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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 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....

A:Acquiring network address?

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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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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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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

A:Acquiring Network Address......

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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'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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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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I recently changed my motherboard to an ASUS Maximus VI Hero and am unable to connect to my home network through a wired connection. It says 'Unidentified Network, No Network Connection.'
When I set the IP address to set automatically it gives me:IP:
Subnet Mask:

I've tried enabling/disabling the network adapter driver, reinstalling the driver and setting a static IP. None of them worked. Is there a setting in the bios for this motherboard that I'm missing or is it just bad hardware and requires a replacement?

Any help is appreciated.

A:New computer, unable to connect to the network, wrong IP address given

Did you right click on your network icon down the bottom right and choose troubleshoot problems ?

What does the network adapter look like in Device Manager ? All OK ?

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Hi, a pretty novice computer user here...so, we have a linksys wireless router, a desktop, and a work laptop that generally has no problems with the wireless connectivity. however, just bought an acer aspire one netbook for my 7-year old for Christmas, and it is hung on acquiring network address. i have looked a many pages over the last two days, and tried several of the suggestions, but nothing has worked. Any help out there for a desperate mom with a child anxious to use her netbook? thanks in advance.

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Hi:Let's see this from the failing pc.:
From a Johnwill post on the Networking Forum
Try these simple tests.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD (COMMAND for W98/WME) to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands one at a time, followed by the Enter key:

NOTE: For the items below surrounded with < >, see comments below for the actual information content, they are value substitutions from the previous IPCONFIG command output! Do NOT type <computer_IP_address> into the command, that won't work. Also, the < and > in the text is to identify the parameters, they are also NOT used in the actual commands.

Do NOT include the <> either, they're just to identify the values for substitution.


PING <computer_IP_address>

PING <default_gateway_address>

PING <dns_servers>


PING yahoo.com

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.

<computer_IP_address> - The IP Address of your computer, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above. (For Vista/Win7, the IPv4 Address)

<default_gateway_address> - The IP address of the Default Gateway, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above.

<dns_servers> - The IP address of the first (or only) address for DNS Servers, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above.

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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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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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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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My laptop is a SonyVaio running Windows XP SP2. It was slow after 5 years use so I restored and repartitioned drives. In the task bar my Belkin wireless router is showing excellent signal strength but when I try to connect with IE it hangs looking for the address.
In ipconfig I have tried release/renew/all etc., but no joy. In wireless networks the TCP/IP properties shows 0:0:0:0 where it should show I think.
I have disabled Norton Antivirus and firewall, but again no progress.
What to do next? Thank You.

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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.

A:"acquiring network address" problem.

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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Computer has been running slower so I ran through the checklist. Ran RegCure Scan. Fixed Errors. Since then, I have been unable to access the internet. The computer which is wired to a DSL connection, is unable to acquire a network address. I am also unable to open RegCure again do to a 'Windows sockets initialization failed" error.

Help! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

A:Acquiring Network Address Error

Do you have any firewall programs running? Just to test, try disabling any and all firewall programs and see if you can now obtain an IP address.

If that does not work, let's check the local area connection. Assuming you have Win XP, click on "Start", then "Control Panel", and double click "Network Connections". Look for your Local Area Connection and see if you have any "!", "X", or "?" symbol on it. Try to right-click and make sure you cannot choose "enable". If you can, do that. If you cannot, choose "repair" and see what it says.

If that does not work, let us know if you are using a router or not, and if in the network connections you have any wireless icon.

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Posted this in the xp forum and someone said I should start here.

My problem is, AVG found malware and trojans. It put them in the vault but after this happened, I wasn't able to get onto the internet. The wireless status sits at Acquiring network address.
I tried uninstalling the drivers for the network card and downloading new drivers but it didn't work.
So after doing some research, I ran Combofix. It found Rootkit.zeroaccess and fixed it.
I also ran rkill.com, winsockxpfix, TCPIPfix.exe, OTL.exe.
Nothing else is found but still cannot get onto internet.
So going into services, I clicked on DHCP Client and clicked Start service. This error pops up:
" Could not start the DHCP Client service on Local Computer. Error 1075: The dependency service does no exist or has been marked for deletion"
Also tried starting TCP/IP Netbio helper and this comes up:
"Error 1075: The dependency service does no exist or has been marked for deletion"
Also tried starting ISEC Services and this comes up:
" Error 10050: A socket operation encountered a dead network"

Not sure what to do now. Any ideas?
Any help would be appreciated.

A:Stuck at Acquiring network address

First of all you shouldn't be running Combofix on your own.The dependency service does no exist or has been marked for deletionRestart computer to fix the above error.

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I have Dell Inspiron 9400 operating with XP professional. I would like to connect to the net via a wireless rooter.I have followed the instruction as carefully as possible but still get acquiring network address. I have attached the CMD report

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration
Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd1.nj.comcast.net.
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig/all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : MSN
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.nj.comcast.net.

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Networ
k Connection
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-18-DE-0D-87-9F
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
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I reformatted my Dell Inspiron 700m and I can't get the computer to connect to the wireless internet (connection through the ethernet wire works fine).

The computer detects the network and says it's connected with excellent signal quality, but it gets stuck on "acquiring network address". After about a minute, it stops trying and says not connected. Then it repeats the entire process all over again.

I did an ipconfig and the following shows up:

IP Address:
Subnet Mask:

Does anyone have a solution for this problem?

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Did you reinstall the wireless adapter driver ?
{Device Manager}
Post back the results in device manager
Start > control Panel {Vista set to classic view}> system > {Vista, device manager on left hand side} {XP hardware Tab, device manager button} >
windows 7
start > control panel> System and Security> Device Manager

network adaptors, click on the + > post back the devices listed there
are there any ! ? or X
post a screen shot of the device manager - network adapters

To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.
To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here
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From a Johnwill post

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

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

Check Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services. The DHCP Client service should be Started and its Startup Type should be Automatic.

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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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hi. my wireless internet abruptly lost its connection and now it is stuck at "acquiring network address" , but the signal strength is at 100%. i checked the IP and it's at i tried to release and renew and it wouldn't let me and giving error message "the operation failed as no adapter is in the state permissible for the operation." does it mean my linksys wrk54g wireless router or the linksys wpc54g ver. 4 adapter dead?
my main pc is "wired" to it and having no problems, it is just my notebook that is using the adapter.
let me know if you need something else. thanks!

A:Stuck at Acquiring Network Address

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

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

Check Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services. The DHCP Client service should be Started and its Startup Type should be Automatic.

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.

Check for upgraded drivers and/or reload the Network drivers.

Replace the Network Interface Card.


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My son was using my wife's laptop and infected it with a virus/trojan. The computer is a Dell D600 running windows XP. After finally removing the Trojan that was listed in the Avira scan log as TR/Inject.AK.1 Trojan, I now cannot connect to the internet anymore. The network connection is stuck acquiring network address. The only program I could access and run in safe mode was Malwarebytes. After running that I was able to open Avira antivirus and did a manual update and ran the software. After a number of scans with Avira, Malwarebytes, and Ad aware, I finally removed the trojan. I have the same 'acquiring network address' issue trying to connect through the wireless card or plugged directly to the router. Tried the repair option without success. Any suggestions? I have all of the scan logs and can post them if that will help.

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Let's try this .Please start Internet Explorer, and when the program is open, click on the Tools menu and then select Internet Options.You should now be in the Internet Options screen. Now click on the Connections tab.Now click on the Lan Settings button as designated by the blue arrow above.Under the Proxy Server section, uncheck the checkbox labeled Use a proxy server for your LAN. Then press the OK button to close this screen...press the OK button to close the Internet Options screen.Louis

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