|Posted on Friday, February 15, 2002 - 9:27 am: |
i've been running win98se on a dell dimension xps for a couple of years now without incident. yesterday, mostly out of boredom, i decided i needed to bullocks up the system software by adding some uninstalled components from the installer cd.
the worst part is i cant remember what i removed (to free up some sys resources) and what i added (to give me something to tinker with). im pretty sure i removed direct cable connection, dial-up atm support, dial-up networking (im on a LAN here), net meeting, ms chat, phone dialer. and i added VPN just to see what kind of trouble i could get in to. (i think that's plainly obvious at this point)
when i restarted, i could not connect via netscape (email or browser), IE6, my webcam would not connect to the ftp server, CuteFTP would not connect--basically nothing in windows would connect.
BUT--i could open up a dos window and ping any .com server i chose.
i decided i'd UNDO everything i had just added/removed. this did not work.
i then removed all the adapters, services and protocols from the network control panel and reinstalled.
that did not work.
now im thinking something got corrupt.
|Posted on Friday, February 22, 2002 - 7:57 am: |
Imagine you did but will ask anyway did you go through internet wizard after?
|Matt Weston (Matt12330)
|Posted on Friday, February 22, 2002 - 3:28 pm: |
While it might be possible to undo all the changes you made, it might be easier to save any important files and just re-install the OS. Windows is notorious for leaving "trash" behind when things are removed, and if this system has been running for quite a while there might be quite a bit of unnecessary "crap" on the HD.
I have run into this problem a few times. Some programs - especially ones that change system settings - can do unpredictable things to a PC.
Call me lazy, but I would re-install.