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So I'm visiting my sister and in an attempt to help her with some issues on her PC I have been unable to fix this. I fixed the initial problems but upon trying to update Vista to SP2 (she hasn't had any updates installed since 2008) it has broken my internet connection.

I've tried and am still trying to search for answers via 'Google' but here's what happened:

I installed Vista SP1 (thru Windows Update) and all went well. I restarted as it asked and all seemed fine until I realized that I couldn't connect to the internet. The connection shows me connected to 'Local and Internet' but IE won't load any webpages saying that the 'http:///www.yahoo.com" something or other is unable to load because 'HTTP' is not allowed on this connection (or not setup or something).

So I tried uninstalling Vista SP1, still no dice. I then tried a restore which took literally all day of yesterday (almost 10 hours) and I just restarted it in the middle of it which required me to do a chkdsk /r to get the filesystem back and Windows loading.

So here I am still unable to get to the internet without SP1 installed.

I need a guru! Help ! ! !
    
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Looks like that os is really messed up. 2+ years without updates is way to much. Have you considered reinstalling?
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you can try running tdskiller repair tool. if that doesn't work then the OS is gonna need to be reinstalled.
    
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GET WINDOWS 7 !!
Or You could try other browsers and then see what error they get , that is if they get any .
So yeah ill wait for you to try other browsers , dont take to long
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post #5 of 28
Put in your original disk, boot from it & click repair.

Other than that just do a backup and clean install.
2 Year's of no updates is crazy bro!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iZZ View Post
Looks like that os is really messed up. 2+ years without updates is way to much. Have you considered reinstalling?
Obviously it is, that's why I'm trying to get her currently updating. Reinstalling is not an option.

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Originally Posted by outtamymind View Post
you can try running tdskiller repair tool. if that doesn't work then the OS is gonna need to be reinstalled.
I don't even know what that is nor what it's intended to do. Reinstalling the OS is not an option.

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GET WINDOWS 7 !!
Or You could try other browsers and then see what error they get , that is if they get any .
So yeah ill wait for you to try other browsers , dont take to long
Windows 7 would be a great alternative, sadly, I do not want to install it illegally and I do not want to pay for a license (nor does she). I have not tried any other browswers. Part of the problem is that I can't even connect to the router. 192.168.0.1 comes up invalid (the IP address for the router).

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sir Amik Vase View Post
Put in your original disk, boot from it & click repair.

Other than that just do a backup and clean install.
2 Year's of no updates is crazy bro!
I only have a copy of Vista Profressional x64 with me and it seems it won't load correctly from the DVD/CD drive. I'll try again but no luck as of yet with it. I do not have any of the original discs nor does her ex-husband who bought the PC (it's an HP). There is a recovery partition with an original image, but I haven't looked into how I can use it to repair without the CD/DVD (original).

I'm going to download Chrome to try but if the OS can't even see the router I doubt it will work. I just tried reinstalling Vista SP1 but it failed. I had removed a couple of updates in the hopes that it would revert settings but I'm guessing SP1 needs those updates. I might have to find them manually (what a pain... thanks MS).

Currently I'm writing this from Safe Mode w/ networking support, my OP was posted from Mini-XP off of Hiren's Boot CD. It seems there is a conflict with this machine's particular NIC (Nforce Lan Controller) and SP1 as many people seem to have had the same issue. I've tried:

(CMD)
netsh winsock reset
netsh winsock reset catalog

Uninstalling SP1 (uninstalled but still no router access)
Connecting directly to the modem (still no internet access)
Reinstalling SP1 (failed)
Last known good configuration (no router access)
Restoring to a previous point w/ Sys Restore (no points before updates...)
Selective startup - MS services only (still no router access)
Disabling IP-v6 (still no router access)
Currently about to uninstall NIS (Norton Internet Security Suite ... I hate Symantec..)

As I'm in safe mode now (tried Windows Update but it won't load/open) I'll try uninstalling the NIC and see if upon a normal boot it will find a correct/original driver for it.

Any other ideas or are there any guru's with help on this?!
Edited by GanjaSMK - 2/17/11 at 1:00pm
    
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post #7 of 28
Just a thought, have you got the drivers for the ethernet card?
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Just grab the drivers from the website of the manufacturer of the NIC. Or, If it's an OEM brand, go on their website and download all of the drivers to a flash drive and install them.
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The fact that you can get online in safe mode means you just need to reconfigure your network adapter which your old settings probably didn't work with sp1
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Definitely try another browser. I was cleaning a friend's laptop and IE wouldn't connect to the internet, though Firefox didn't have a problem...

EDIT: I see that you couldn't access your router.
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