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 192.168.1.254
"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.