Why does my Windows partition hate the Internet?
May 25, 2010 10:50 AM Subscribe
The Windows partition of my PC is no longer able to connect to my home network. How do I fix it?
posted by Electric Dragon to computers & internet (5 answers total)
I have a PC dual-booting into Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.04. It's connected to a WRT54GL router running Tomato via Cat 5 cable. This set-up had been working fine for maybe 18 months (modulo the Ubuntu version).
A few days ago, the PC stopped being able to connect when I boot into Windows: ipconfig insists "Network Cable unplugged", Network Connections says "Media disconnected". So I can't even access the router, let alone the Internet. I haven't made any particular changes to the PC recently either.
However, when I boot into Ubuntu, everything works fine (evidence: I can post this question). Also, my Windows laptop can still access the Internet wirelessly via the router.
I have tried all the usual things I can think of: ipconfig /renew, using a different cable, rebooting the router and the cable modem, and a few things I found researching the problem: resetting the winsock catalogue, resetting the IP interface via netsh. None of these worked.
The last resort is a full Windows reinstall, but is there anything else I can try before that?