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XP HANGS during loadup -Is it the DHCP?


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#1 Elie

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 02:27 PM

My XP Pro Service Pack 2 system boots up very quick, but hangs for about one minute in the middle of loading programs. From what Ive read on line I thought it might have to do with DHCP server, although I dont really understand the issue. I have a Yahoo SBCGlobal DSL connection which uses DHCP server. I dont have it set to connect when I load up--I connect manually. But I guess the DHCP still wants to do something during the startup process. When I look in Event Viewer to see what is happening, just about the time where it seems to "wake up" out of its one-minute hang, I see an Exclamation Mark-Warning (I think it has the title 'dhcp' ) and this message:

"Your computer has automatically configured the IP address for the network card with network address 00016C28D8AC. The IP address being used is 169.254.1167.101"

This same exact message (with same IP address) occurs in the Event Viewer every time I boot up. Will this problem go away if I shell out the bucks to SBCGlobal for a static IP address? Or is there a cheaper fix???


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#2 Grinler

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Posted 22 January 2005 - 07:43 PM

A static will definitely help in this regards but you should not hang a minute while dhcp kicks off. Disable the xp firewall and reboot. SEe if the problem continues

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 02:40 PM

Well, I was following advice on another tech forum to try manually assigning an IP address to the NIC card. OK, NOW we have problems! ........ There was no delay on startup, but when started my dial-up broadband connection I got an error message--something about a configuration problem. BUT--then I connected! OK, not bad--maybe this error message will go away.

Curious to try this again, I restarted the computer to see what would happen and.... BAD NEWS! ...... Computer just hangs and hangs and hangs on the initial screen that shows the motherboard logo. I tried many times to restart over the last 2 days. Sometimes, after about 5 to 10 minutes, it will get past the screen, and show the startup menu. Twice I chose "Startup from last known good configuration." It will start to load up Windows XP, and then just go to a blank dark screen with a faint pink glow and die there. One other time I chose Safe Mode and it seemed to load up drivers until the screen was full and then just hang there forever.

But usually I cant even get past the initial screen. All this from configuring my NIC card? Or is there some hardware malfunction that just happened at the same time totally coincidentally??? :thumbsup:

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I have a SpeedStream 5100 DSL Modem. While trying to get the computer to start up I did try unplugging modem from the NIC card. It did not seem to make any difference.

Edited by Elie, 24 January 2005 - 09:08 PM.


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Posted 24 January 2005 - 11:32 PM

Is this network embedded on the motherboard or an actual card in the machine? If its in the motherboard, go into the bios on bootup and see if you can disable it and see if that fixes the boot problem. If its a card, remove it and see

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 01:02 PM

GOOD NEWS! Everything is working great. Grinler, I just saw your last message now--well I did discover that my network is onboard--but I couldnt even get into BIOS before to do anything about it. I got the advice to remove the NIC to try to get the computer going again. First I opened up the case to take out the NIC cardbut--guess what?---I didnt realizethat there was no NIC card on this computer. The only extra card is my video card, so I figured, why not take that out? I took it out, started up the computer, and I could tell from the sound of it that it was loading something much more than before. Then I reinstalled the videocard and everything has been perfect since, INCLUDING the problem with the DHCP server. A member on VirtualDr IP address told me this: “For what it's worth, that sort of dialup-like DSL connection doesn't use DHCP for IP address allocation; it's IPCP. I guess to start with I'd just give the network card a static IP address.Set the IP address to 192.168.1.1 and the gateway to 255.255.255.0, and ignore the rest of the settings.”
This seems to have worked, and there are no more error messages. My computer loads up all the programs in about 20 seconds compared to about a minute and a half at least before. I noticed in my Network settings--before there were two LAN connections---one names SBCGlobal and the other a generic connection (They were both necessary for some reason--if I deleted the generic connection I couldnt connect). BUt now there are THREE LAN connections there. I dont know how that happened but it works now. Equally as mysterious is what the videocard had to do with all of this!! :thumbsup:

Edited by Elie, 25 January 2005 - 01:02 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2005 - 04:10 PM

Glad it all worked out :thumbsup:




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