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#1 benny269


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Posted 17 November 2008 - 07:39 AM


I have a friends Dell 1525 which is less than a year old and is having serious connection issues. It has slowed down through regular use and is probably suffering a little through too many applications installations and services and processes, rebooting takes an age etc but otherwise it is functional. Not only does the wifi not seem to be able to switch on but when hardwired to the router it still won't connect. Tried calling Dell support and got the usual useless replies, he suggested I reformat the PC as the only way to fix it.

I cannot connect to the router through IE and when using the ipconfig utility in cmd, all the Tunnel Adapter Local Area Connections appear as "Media Disconnected". Autoconfiguration

IPv4 Address is,
Subnet Mask is
Default Gateway is blank

I've tried general Google solutions of repair and restarting connections, deleting browsing history etc but to no avail. Any help to avoid a full reformat would be appreciated.


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Posted 17 November 2008 - 07:59 AM

A little tip when you call for tech support; watch the clock. After 10 Minutes his biggest goal is to get you off the phone.

Any ways...

Have you contacted your ISP? They may have a little better understanding of the networking issue than Dell. Also I would try to reset the Ip. I dunno, it works some times for me.

Go to Run> CMD And press enter

Now, into the command prompt, type "ipconfig /release"

It should show that your Ip, DNS, and everything is erased or

Now, into the command prompt, type "ipconfig /renew"

It should contact the ISP to give you a new IP address and DNS and all other protocols.
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Posted 17 November 2008 - 02:16 PM

Having spoken to the ISP helpdesk a few more details have become apparent:

Error message when using ipconfig /release

"The requested operation requires elevation."

Error message when using ipconfig /renew

"No operation can be performed on Wireless Network Connection while it has its media disconnected.
An error occurred while renewing interface Local Area Connection : The RPC server is unavailable.

An error occurred while releasing interface Loopback Psuedo-Interface 1 : The system cannot find the file specified."

Error message when using ping

"Unable to initialize Windows Socket interface, error code 10107."

The error code 10107 seems to point to TCP/IP server settings having been corrupted. This is what the technician took me through and Google research supports it. However I now cannot seem to find a way to restore these settings either manually or via a downloaded tool so as to avoid a full system reformat.


Spoke to Dell as advised having found the problem but the support is a paid for service. I am intending to continue trying myself with your help before I go down that route.

Having spoken to the Dell advisor in Software Support, the tech seemed to accept that the problem was with the corruption of TCP/IP server configuration and would help setting them up again resorting to a System Restore or Reformat if there is no succes. Does anyone know how to reset TCP/IP configurations?

Edited by benny269, 17 November 2008 - 02:50 PM.

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