I've been using Windows products since Win 3.0 (yeah - that long!) and this one has me stumped.
My laptop stopped communicating to my network by degrees - first losing it's ability to connect via a wireless access point, then by losing it's ability to connect on a wired connection to my router, and finally - today - losing it's ability to connect directly off the modem.
Using the diagnostic troubleshooter that's now bundled with Vista, I'm spinning in circles. I try resetting the adapter. I try obtaining new IP settings. I try resetting the equipment.... rinse, lather, and repeat. Not helping.
Incidentally - I have uninstalled most of the bloat-ware that came with this beast. So, there is no virus protection, the firewall is off, and no SpyHunter to interfere with connectivity... at least, there shouldn't be anymore.
Using the command prompt (oooo... admin mode...), I tried what worked in the past.
hmmm... "No operation can be performed on MYNET while it has it's media disconnected"
Funny... I'm not trying to connect to MYNET - I'm going straight into the modem, and the card is off. Also, the IP address doesn't reset to 0.0.0.0 on the adapter (I think) I'm using.
I bumped into another "fix-it" site that mentioned netsh commands and deleting WINSOCK stuff from the system registry. Some I tried (and as you can guess, consequently made the problem worse).
Anyone know how to return my new toy to default (as-shipped) status so I can find a new way to mess it up?