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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!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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, 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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 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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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.

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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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We have a wireless network

My daughter wants to connect to our wireless network, with her laptop.It is wireless enabled. Our network is secured with WPK. We have got pass the security bit, but now we cannot get her laptop to get past the acquiring network address.

We have disabled the firewalls, but i dont know what else i need to do.


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I’ve been trying to fix this problem for the past three or four days but to no avail. I’ve scoured the Internet and find many things that seem logical but nothing works.

Basically, I’m pretty sure that I acquired a virus/Trojan(s) somewhere along the way (Security Sphere?) and it totally messed with everything. I’m relatively confident it’s gone but not 100% sure (It wouldn’t allow me to run antivirus software and would crash it after a few minutes. Then, the next time I tried to run the software I would get a message “Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access them”. I’m signed in as an admin so I’m guessing the problem is that the registry keys have been messed with.

I was able to download some more antivirus software and transfer them to this laptop and did a complete scan and a couple of flaws (Trojans) were found so I’m hoping that was the end of them.

I tried doing a restore to a previous point, but no restore works unless I manually create one. Obviously the problem with that is that if I create one now, it reverts back to a time where the problem is still existent.

Some things I’ve noticed and tried:
1. In my Security Center, my Firewall is not on. I’m pretty sure it was on previously before getting the virus, I turned it off when I was having problems connecting to the... Read more

A:Unending Acquiring Network Address: Please Help!

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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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For the past week I have been able to connect to my home network, but have been stuck on "Acquiring Network Address." I have seen many possible problems and solutions for this problem but so far none that I have seen have worked for me. Everyone else who uses my network has been able to connect and use the internet fine, and I am able to use other networks. I have used the network for more than a year, and I do not know what has changed so that I can no longer acquire the IP address for the network. Any suggestions?

A:Failure in Acquiring Network Address

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My computer has recently started saying "acquiring network address" and has not been able to connect to the internet. 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. 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 (not wireless).

A:Solved: Acquiring Network Address

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I am able to connect fine to my wireless network and browse and internet, but it keeps saying "acquiring network address" over and over again; it will not say it's connected, even though i am! I get this problem from ANY wireless network i connect to, its 100% not my router causing the problem. I cannot simply disable the taskbar icon and ignore it. I can resolve the issue is resolved if i go to "network connections" and hit F5 to refresh, but thats not what i want to do every time i connect to a network. It causes a problem because i can never tell if its actually acquiring network address or not. I have this problem also on my dell laptop, which has SP2. Right now im using SP2 on the wireless desktop causing the problem.

A:Acquiring Network Address Message

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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

A:Acquiring Network Address Problem

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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.

A:stuck acquiring network address

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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Hi all,

Hoping to get some help here as I have been without internet connection for almost a week now!

About a week ago I was infected with some serious viruses that MalwareBytes was not picking up. I downloaded AVG Antivirus 2012 which seemed to find and fix everything, but after restarting I noticed my internet connection had been lost. This computer is directly connected with the ethernet cord and my other computer which is connected via wifi has no issues. The status is stuck at "acquiring network address" and my IP is at

One thing I did notice was during the AVG scan that found and fixed my computer, it mentioned that my netbt.sys file was infected with the Trojan Horse Agent_r.ATS.

After doing a bunch of searches for similar issues I've tried using winsockfix, lspfix, and still have had no luck. My DHCP and TCP/IP are enabled.

I'm not very tech-savvy so I would really appreciate some step by step guidance to help me get back online!! Thanks so much in advance!

A:Stuck on Acquiring Network Address

Welcome aboard Please download Farbar Service Scanner and run it on the computer with the issue.Check "Include All Files" option.Press "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. I hope someone can help me. I'm trying to fix my wife's old laptop for her to use. It is a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 running Windows XP. It has always been a little on the slow side (I figured age/etc had a lot to do with this.) however after removing bitdefender and trying different AVs, I have crippled her system and have spent the last 48 hours trying to make it work.

Here are my problems:

The system takes about 5 minutes to bring up the taskbar. Once the taskbar is up, there is no internet connection. The icon at the bottom just sits there saying aquiring network address. It SEES the router, but refuses to connect to it.

Complicating this problem is the fact that it has no CD drive and I have no thumb drive bigger than 128 MEGS. (I have missplaced my other ones.) No restore partition and no restore points.

Please let me know what i can post to help you figure out what is wrong with this thing. I have tried so many suggestions from around the net and have not had a single one work.

Thank you in advance for any help!

A:acquiring network address nightmare

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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.

A:Acquiring Network Address Problem

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Hiya everyone,

I can on here a few days ago having problems with my wireless, and a very helpful forum member solved my issue very quicky.

I now have another problem, my wireless is disconnected again. I am able to see it in the 'network' list, but when I try to connect it says 'acquiring network address' constantly and doesn't connect (apart from yesterday when it connected for about 3 minutes, then lost it again)

Any advice would be great, I'm on windows XP, and the laptop is a Toshiba Portege M300

Thank you everyone.

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Hey chaps,

I know this has been asked before by other people but they all seemed to be different cases to mine.

Basically, I have a desktop that I am trying to link up to the wireless network in uni halls of residence. It has always worked fine with the wireless network both at home and in my old flat. However, on this one, I can connect to the network OK but I cannot seem to acquire a network address - the Windows wireless network client constantly attempts to "acquire a network address" without ever finding one. It's pretty frustrating.

A friend of mine shut down some startup processes he felt were clogging my machine and I have a horrible feeling that may have something to do with it, though since then, my desktop has still worked at home. I have tried to start the Windows Zero Configuration and Network Location Awareness services which seem to keep switching themselves off, but even when I manage to get them to stick on reboot, the problem remains that my machine still can't find a network address.

Unfortunately, because its a college halls network, I have no access to the router. Also, my friend next door has no problem connecting to the network through the windows client.

I have run AdAware and HJT (log below) just on the offchance it has anything to do with nasties.

Just let me know if I should tell you anything else. Any help would be massively appreciated. Thanks.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:22:56, on 23/01/2007
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A:Constantly Acquiring Network Address

You have WLTRYSVC.EXE running which appears to be a service rekated to a Vroadcom wireless NIC. You don't want to use it and Wireless Zero Configuration to configure your NIC, just use one or the other.

You might also try temporarily disabling your firewall to see if it is a source of the problem.

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