Posted 04 March 2010 - 07:21 AM
I am in an absolute panic I left my home to pay some bills, Left my PC on (XP Pro service pack 3 PC), It was connected fine to my Comcast Internet connection (Never had any problems before) But when I came home I noticed that the Internet connection icon by my clock had a yellow exclamation point. So I right clicked on it and checked the status...said 0 sent and 0 recieved. Limited or no connectivity. so I reset my Comcast modem...then clicked repair to renew the IP address. Still would not connect so I called Comcast tech support, she had me run ipconfig /release then ipconfig /renew...but it isn't getting a propper IP...instead of the IP being 18.104.22.168 like it should, it was getting an IP that started with 169.
The comcast tech said something was wrong with my desktop PC...so just to check that the Comcast modem was fine...I disconnected my desktop and connected my laptop and it connected fine.
I tried updating the ethernet adapter driver...and everything...I even tried uninstalling the adapter or removing it knowing that when I rebooted Windows would find it and I could re-install it. But instead...the found new hardware never came up. Instead... of all things... A window came up saying something about the drivers being changed or something and now it is saying "This copy of Windows is not Activated and that I had 3 days to activate it!!!
OMG!!!! I have had this copy of XP Pro on this PC for years!! Of course it was activated years ago!!
I am just in tears because I am a starving web designer, and am on dissability and can't afford another PC...I lost my XP Pro CD...so I can't do a repair install... My system restore stopped working So I have been real careful to run the great Comodo Firewall and anti virus suite. and run Malwarebytes and Super Anti Spyware regularly to keep it clean. The other day I decided that I was just going to put my desktop online to upload websites and run windows update only and use my laptop to surf the internet and check email istead to protect my desktop by keeping it offline...
So today I just got it online to publish a website...but left it on and online when I left to pay bills and this disaster happened while I was gone
I have irreplacable graphic programs web design programs and websites that I could never replace cuz I don't have the setup files anymore
Please help me...any idea why the adapter just all of a sudden did this and why Windows thinks it's not activated?
This VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter is built into my motherboard, so if it is a adapter harware failure on the motherboard, I was going to disable it...and am hoping that I can install a separate Network adapter PCMCIA network adapter card in my desktop and I can at least connect so I can upload websites that I need to publish....and get it online to run the windows updates at least for now.
But do you know why it is saying that windows has to be activated? I can't get it online to do it. Should I activate it again anyway if I can?.
I am just mortified and don't know what to do I am on my laptop right now writing you. But I have HiJackThis, Super Anti Virus and Combofix on my desktop to generate logs if you need to see them and I can post them with my laptop.
Please help me...what do you want me to do? can you remedy this situation?
I do have a copy of the Recovery Console on my hard drive too if you think something can be done with it to fix this...
I tried safe mode with networking...and last known good configuration but the problem remained. I opened the BIOS and tried loading optimized defaults but no change I didn't try fail safe defaults tho...
What can we do to remedy this?
Anxiously awaiting your response, Thank you,