Release All does not reset the IPAddress to in Windows 98

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Guest, May 26, 2004.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi there all,
    At the beginning of this year I had purchased a Linksys
    LNE100TX Networking Card to be installed on my windows 98
    computer. After installing the network card, the past few
    months, I have been having a terrible time tring to
    connect to the internet with this network card. I was
    told by my ISP that I need to use DHCP address and not a
    static address by going into the TCP/IP settings and
    making sure that the following settings are as followed...

    1. In the IP Adress tab make sure that a check mark is
    on "Obtain an IP Adress automaticlly"

    2. In the DNS tab make sure that there is a checkmark
    on "DNS disabled"

    3. In the WINS Configuration Tab make sure that there is
    a checkmak on "Use DHCP resolution" or something like
    that. It's the third checkmark at the bottom of the

    .... once these settings are set, then restart the
    computer and make sure that you log on to the network.
    Though still doing this and looking at the winipconfig
    tool, the IP address I get is a 169.254.x.x.

    Recently looking through the knowelledge based support of
    Linksys, I found a topic to my problem called "Cannot
    obtain a valid IP address using the LNE100TX network
    card". In here is details of stating to run winipconfig
    and to click on the "Release All" button so that the IP
    Adress will reset to Though when I do that
    nothing happens. What I get is still the same IP address

    Is this a common issue with Windows 98 or is there
    something really wrong with my system that I can't
    release All IP Adresses and how do I go about fixing this?
    Guest, May 26, 2004
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  2. Settings #1-3 are right for getting an IP address by DHCP from your

    The 169.254.x.x IP address shows that your computer can't communicate
    with your ISP's DHCP server to get an IP address. That address wasn't
    assigned by DHCP, so it can't be released in Winipcfg.

    The problem could be with your network card, Ethernet cable, cable or
    DSL modem, etc. Here are some things to try:

    1. Download and install the latest driver program from the Linksys web

    2. Make explicit speed and duplex settings. Automatic sensing doesn't
    always work.

    3. Un-install the card in Device Manager, move it to a different slot,
    and re-install it.

    NICs are commonly available for less than $15. If nothing else works,
    I'd replace the NIC.
    Steve Winograd [MVP], May 26, 2004
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Yeah but, I was told that the Release All button doesn't
    have to do with my network card. It has to do with
    Windows 98 is not resetting the IP address. So it doesn't
    even matter if I purchase another network card or not
    because Windows 98 isn't resetting the IP Adsress
    Guest, May 26, 2004
  4. No, that's not right. The Release All button releases (sets to all IP addresses that have been assigned by a DHCP server.
    The 169.254.x.x address wasn't assigned by a DHCP server, so Release
    All won't do anything with it. That's how it's supposed to work.

    I recommend trying the three steps that I suggested, with NIC
    replacement being the last resort if the other steps don't solve the

    Try a different Ethernet cable. If you have a hub or router, try
    connecting to a different port. If you have access to another
    computer, see whether that computer can get an IP address using the
    same connection that fails with yours.

    If you replace the NIC, un-install it in Device Manager before
    installing the new one.
    Steve Winograd [MVP], May 26, 2004
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Now I understand what you mean.
    Guest, May 26, 2004
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