I don't normally have to post questions becasue I can usually search and read enough on these formus to fix my own issues but this one is tough.
System Details: Vista Home Premium 32-bit, desktop, Linksys Wireless-G PCI card. I use MS Essentials for AV.
Symptoms: At first I noticed slow network connection. Then it seemed that the connection was flaky. It would not properly negotiate DHCP. I would notice that my IP would revert to the default 169.254.x.x So I set the connection up as a static IP. Then it would intermittently lose the gateway setting. I can now no longer get the PC on the web becasue I can't get a valid IP to take effect. The settings in the properties don't seem to affect what I see in the "status details" of the connection. IT is stuck on 169.254.47.296.
What I have done: So far, I have done a REboot in safe mode and Malware Bytes scan, ComboFix, CCLeaner, and MS Security Essentials scan. I have executed the Norton removal tool, reset the TCP stack using the NetShell utility. I have tried adding another NIC(USB Wifi) which showed the same symptoms.
I have NOT tried uninstalling the NIC driver and letting windows re-install it.
This doens't "feel" like a virus/malware issue but I could be wrong.
I would greatly appreciate any advice you could give. Also, if I could provide any extra details that would help please let me know.
Thanks in Advance!