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Network Connection I recently signed up for DSL from MediaCom. I had Bellsouth dialup previously. Can't get the DSL to work on my desktop - works fine on the laptop with no problems. The Local Area Connection in the "Network Connections" screen says "Acquiring Network Address" and won't change. I've been all through the support staff at MediaCom but they have no idea what to do. I've checked every parameter, every setting - compared them to the laptop, and still no joy. I'm at wit's end on this one. The dialup still works, there is a 1394 connection that is "connected", and the light on the network adapter blinks like crazy. Still no connection. My desktop is actually a Compaq Presario SR1620NX.

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First open up internet explorer and click tools>internet options>connections and the text should be greyed out or select never dial a connection as your old dial up will be trying to connect instead of the dsl line. If you are using a router you need to get in the settings and make sure DHCP is enabled. Go to the local area connection again and to your network card properties and ensure that the TCP/IP properties are set at obtain an ip address automatically. You dont say you are using a router or whether you are wireless or just connecting two pc's together to connect to the net

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First off, the 1394 connection is a firewire connetion. Firewire is a less popular and slower alternative to USB 2.0 connections. Disregard that in respect to your internet connection. Now in regards to your desktop internet connection.... -Go to the control panel, select network connections, then local area connection. -Right click and select properties -Under the general tab scroll down to Internet protocal (tcp/ip) Make sure the settings are set to automatically obtain an IP address. If they are and still are not working you can try to manually assign an IP address yourself. The laptops ip address might be something like 192.168.1.2 so whatever your laptop ip address is make the desktop 1 number higher in the last field (192.168.1.3 for example). Don't change any numbers other than the last field. You can find out the other information like subnet mask and default gateway by using the laptop. On the laptop go to the start menu, hit run. Then type in cmd, this will bring up a dos prompt. Then finally type IPCONFIG . Listed will be the laptops active internet connections and it's IP addresses. Copy over the subnet mask IP address and the default gateway address into the desktop and like in the previous step just manually assign the desktop a different IP address 1 number higher than the laptop. If the dns server's address isn't listed on the laptop a quick call to your dsl provider will solve that question.

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