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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:44 am    Post subject: small network with XP Home Computers Reply with quote

Question: Hello
At my work we have a small network with XP Home Computers. One of the computers connect through a cable connection, and all the others get their internet through it. Other that that, there is no client-server relation among our computers.
We used to set the IP address of every computer manually (like "192.168.0.something between 2 and 254", and the "router" computer had the address "192.168.0.1"), and the network was working just fine. One day, the network suddenly stopped working and it started to work again only after we configured all the compuers(except from the "router" one), to get their address by DHCP.
Now it's working(DHCP enabled) but I can't understand what happened, why did the static IP configuration suddenly stop working? Nobody changed any configuration on the network, all we did (several days before the network went bizzare) was install a free trial for 30 days from a local antivirus called BitDefender. But everything went fine for several days even with this antivirus, so I don't think it has anything to do with this.
Can you tell me what might have happened? Can this be some kind of virus/hack ?
Please help me
Thank you.
Catalina Oancea
Answer: I try to have all my clients avoid XP home because it is flakey. Microsoft works hard to make sure it is crappy enough to make you pay for XP Pro. I can't explain why it would suddenly stop accepting the static addresses unless the gateway or DNS changed. From DHCP the DNS is also handed out. What you were using statically for dns might have gone down and the machines are getting a working DNS from the XP machine now. As far as viruses go make sure you are running XP firewall on those. I doubt a virus did this though.
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