I think the solution to my problem ended up being a short, but I do not know. This situation occurred on a Monday afternoon. Tuesday evening, the computer died. I removed the power cable and inserted it the next morning, attempted to turn it on and it did boot up. Wednesday night, installed an eSATA cable onto the SATA 2 #2 port onto my motherboard and tried the new eSATA drive today (Thursday). I noticed that when I booted up today, that I had Internet on my computer.
The idea that the power outage might have shorted something out does not make sense, as I'd seen on another thread, one user (different forum) had a multi-boot system on their computer. Windows had the same problem as I had, while their Linux box did not.
There's an old saying from a skit my brother did in Boy Scouts, "I guess all it took was the right jerk!". Maybe I (the jerk), jerked something and made a connection while installing the eSATA cable.
Thank you all for your assistance. For now, I can comfortably breath and wait for Ivy Bridge to be released.
I had a power outage today which lasted for a minute. My computer shut off as a result. Then, I left for work, and when I came back, my computer had been turned on, which I thought was very odd.
I'm noticing the following behavior:
LAN Connection is Limited
Computer is running slow
My IP address went from 192.168.1.2 to something like 192.168.170.43 (last two numbers were different, indicating being on a different network)
I do have VirtualBox. I've tried uninstalling it and my computer stalls upon prepairing for uninstallation.
I've tried Windows repair and system restore. No luck. I did both with (requiring reboot) and without the installation disc. When trying to run system restore inside Windows (without disc), it stalls.
I've power cycled my router. No change. My wireless clients work fine. The computer having a problem is wired to the router. I've tried changing the port on the back of the router. No luck.
My Desktop has both wired and wireless, but I always connect wired. I disabled my wireless, disabled, then enabled my LAN and also tried a diagnosis, which couldn't find the problem.
Please help. Thanks.
Edit: I made sure that both IPv4/IPv6 settings were set to Automatic. I just went ahead and tried reassigning an actual IP under IPv4 and when applying the action, my computer froze. That is, the circle kept going.
Edit 2: I've tried a few other things and no luck. All of these froze:
- Deleting nForce driver
- Reinstalling nForce driver
- PC Tools Registry Mechanic
Also tried Malwarebytes. No errors on the quickscan. The full scan did not complete, it froze.
I also was attempting to insert the Win 7 disc, select repair and installing the nForce driver from there. No luck, it said something about the file not being in the correct format. I tried with both the exe and the setup program extracted from the exe.
I think I'm convinced that I've wasted more time on this than it takes to reinstall everything, but I don't want to do this, as I'd like to know if there's a way to fix this if it happens again.
I also tried running a batch file I found on another thread. (flush/register dns, release/renew IP)