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Onboard rj45 quirk?

The system appears to have had a slow rj45. replaced MB, now cant acquire ip address. a tech worked on it and used the rj45 w/ no problem. why is this rj45 not working with a new dell supplied MB? The isp is comcast and there is a usb connection which works ok. I cant see the possible issue with the rj45 port. Diagnostics were done and no problems on the 1394 area. what gives?

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  • ray moreau Jul 31, 2008

    the isp/comcast was called and tested with trace route. there were a lot of hops. The problems lies on the isp to solve the connectivity slowness.

    thanks.

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This could possibly be a driver glitch. Uninstall the drivers from the device manger, then shut down and restart. Make sure the device is attached for the restart. The machine will find it and automatically reinstall the drivers. If this is a driver glitch, then this will clear it. If it doesn't fix it, then get back with me and we'll see what else I can find on the matter.

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IP Conflicts in a work place


An IP address conflict occurs when two computers on a LAN or the Internet have been assigned the same IP. IP conflicts between two computers normally render either one or both of them unusable for network operations.

How IP Address Conflicts Happen

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Recognizing IP Address Conflicts

On most Microsoft Windows computers, if you attempt to set a fixed (static) IP address that is already active on the local network, you will receive the following pop-up error message:

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