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Windows 7: Can't connect to internet - "Unidentified network"


12 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Can't connect to internet - "Unidentified network"

I know this problem has been discussed on this forum before, but none of the solutions worked for me.

I just reformatted my hard drive about 3 days ago after it refused to boot up. I reinstalled Windows 7 and everything was working just fine for about 2 hours, then for no apparent reason my internet connection dropped while I was browsing the internet. That was 3 days ago. My connection is still down.

My wireless card is picking up the signal from my router, but when I try to connect to the network it tells me I am connected to an "Unidentified network" and have no internet access. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the network drivers, system restore, as well as "netsh winsock reset" "netsh int ip reset reset.log" and "netsh winsock reset catalog".

The "ipconfig /renew" command gives me the following message: "An error occurred while renewing interface Wireless Network Connection : unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out."

Windows Network Diagnostics says I have two problems.
1) "Problem with wireless adapter or access point."
2) "Wireless Network Connection doesn't have a valid IP configuration."

I have never encountered this problem before, and I have been using this same PC and wireless card for 6 months. I would really appreciate some help with this because recently my PC has just been having one problem after the next.

Here is my "ipconfig /all" information as well as the messages I get when using the /renew command. I noticed I don't have a default gateway listed, which I'm hoping might be a clue to my problem:

C:\Users\Jason>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Jason-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek 8185 Extensible 802.11b/g Wireles
s Device
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 08-10-74-54-31-84
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::91ee:a82e:d02d:296e%20(Preferred)
Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . : 169.254.41.110(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 336072820
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-13-A3-52-80-00-1F-BC-08-DF-D2

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8168D/8111D Family PCI-E Gigab
it Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1F-BC-08-DF-D2
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{2A0C0216-94EF-4A16-BD52-AA9E46DC508E}:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{0C2D1EDC-BC22-471D-BEF0-0CB4943FB217}:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

C:\Users\Jason>ipconfig /renew

Windows IP Configuration

An error occurred while renewing interface Wireless Network Connection : unable
to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out.
No operation can be performed on Local Area Connection while it has its media di
sconnected.
An error occurred while releasing interface Loopback Pseudo-Interface 1 : The sy
stem cannot find the file specified.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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12 Jun 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jofo View Post
I know this problem has been discussed on this forum before, but none of the solutions worked for me.

I just reformatted my hard drive about 3 days ago after it refused to boot up. I reinstalled Windows 7 and everything was working just fine for about 2 hours, then for no apparent reason my internet connection dropped while I was browsing the internet. That was 3 days ago. My connection is still down.

My wireless card is picking up the signal from my router, but when I try to connect to the network it tells me I am connected to an "Unidentified network" and have no internet access. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the network drivers, system restore, as well as "netsh winsock reset" "netsh int ip reset reset.log" and "netsh winsock reset catalog".

The "ipconfig /renew" command gives me the following message: "An error occurred while renewing interface Wireless Network Connection : unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out."

Windows Network Diagnostics says I have two problems.
1) "Problem with wireless adapter or access point."
2) "Wireless Network Connection doesn't have a valid IP configuration."

I have never encountered this problem before, and I have been using this same PC and wireless card for 6 months. I would really appreciate some help with this because recently my PC has just been having one problem after the next.

Here is my "ipconfig /all" information as well as the messages I get when using the /renew command. I noticed I don't have a default gateway listed, which I'm hoping might be a clue to my problem:

C:\Users\Jason>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Jason-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek 8185 Extensible 802.11b/g Wireles
s Device
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 08-10-74-54-31-84
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::91ee:a82e:d02d:296e%20(Preferred)
Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . : 169.254.41.110(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 336072820
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-13-A3-52-80-00-1F-BC-08-DF-D2

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8168D/8111D Family PCI-E Gigab
it Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1F-BC-08-DF-D2
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{2A0C0216-94EF-4A16-BD52-AA9E46DC508E}:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{0C2D1EDC-BC22-471D-BEF0-0CB4943FB217}:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

C:\Users\Jason>ipconfig /renew

Windows IP Configuration

An error occurred while renewing interface Wireless Network Connection : unable
to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out.
No operation can be performed on Local Area Connection while it has its media di
sconnected.
An error occurred while releasing interface Loopback Pseudo-Interface 1 : The sy
stem cannot find the file specified.

Your wifi card is not connecting to the router (IP 169.254.x.x is local to the card). It may be trying to connect via IPv6 and not succeeding.

There is one easy test you can do. Make a new network connection using "workgroup" instead of "homegroup". Workgroup uses IPv4 which seems to work much better especially with somewhat older hardware. If workgroup is fine you can disable IPv6 and kill network


Let us know if you need help with this change


Ken
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

It looked like my computer was already on a workgroup, but I went ahead and made another one. Still no internet access. I also tried unchecking IPv6 in the network adapter properties, which I assume is what you meant. Didn't seem to change anything.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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12 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

This problem sometimes has to do with a rogue secondary default gateway which Windows 7 doesn't like. In your case there is no default gateway showing up at all. This problem can usually be fixed entering the correct default gateway into your IPv4 properties window. You can usually get this info from your routers set up page.

The link below shows you how to enter the correct default gateway manually. Resetting the router or updating your routers firmware might also help. Reinstalling your wireless network driver might be worth a try.

Windows 7 Unidentified Network, Limited Access, No Internet Connection Problem Resolved
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I should have mentioned that there are several other computers and laptops in the house that do have an internet connection. I actually read that blog post in the link earlier today and tried manually entering the default gateway number that I obtained by running ipconfig on my other computers (I assume all my computers use the same default gateway?).

The thing is that if I choose to manually enter the default gateway in the IPv4 properties, it requires me to enter all the numbers for IP address, subnet mask, and DNS server addresses as well. I'm not sure what these values should be, so I tried copying all those properties exactly as they are listed in my laptop (which has internet). My PC said it had an internet connection for a few seconds before I got some message about an IP address conflict (since I was using my laptop's IP) and then it stopped working again.

What should those other numbers be?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

If DHCP isn't working then it could be the driver is messed up which may require you to reinstall it or find a better one. Or if there are no other Win 7 PC's in your network it could require that you update your routers firmware to make it work with Windows 7 which is a common problem.

You can get the default gateway info from any one of the other machines in your LAN by doing an ipconfig on them "yes they should all be using the same default gateway,subnet mask and DNS".

You might also want to post an ipconfig /all from one of the working machines in your network just to make sure that the IP you use is in the range of your router.

Then enter the DNS and default gateway, subnet mask,and IP into the IPv4 advanced properties window of the machine with the problem. You shouldn't need to do any of this if DHCP is working correctly. There could be a problem with the driver or the router if DHCP isn't working.

If you are using any type of A/V software this can also cause this sort of problem.


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I tried entering all those values in again and still no go. I tried uninstalling my network adapter drivers earlier, but Windows reinstalled them on boot-up and it didn't solve the problem. Also I don't have any antivirus or firewall software installed on my PC at the moment.

Here is the ipconfig log from my laptop with working internet:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Home
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.ga.comcast.net.

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Cont
roller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-19-B9-77-26-1C

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd1.ga.comcast.net.
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1B-FC-46-B1-1D
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.87.68.166
68.87.74.166
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, June 12, 2010 3:31:56 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, June 13, 2010 3:31:56 PM

Ethernet adapter {44367AE8-D131-4BE6-B4BE-C2A4D2C66F71}:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : TAP-Win32 Adapter V9 - Packet Schedu
ler Miniport
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-FF-44-36-7A-E8







And in case it matters, here is my ipconfig log from the problematic PC after manually entering those values:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Jason-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek 8185 Extensible 802.11b/g Wireles
s Device
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 08-10-74-54-31-84
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::91ee:a82e:d02d:296e%13(Preferred)
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101(Preferred)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 336072820
DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-13-A3-52-80-00-1F-BC-08-DF-D2

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.87.68.166
68.87.74.166
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8168D/8111D Family PCI-E Gigab
it Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1F-BC-08-DF-D2
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{2A0C0216-94EF-4A16-BD52-AA9E46DC508E}:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{0C2D1EDC-BC22-471D-BEF0-0CB4943FB217}:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes


edit: oops. posted the same log twice.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Did you install the chipset and network drivers that are available from the EVGA support website?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I just now tried installing EVGA's support drivers. I also installed updated drivers from Realtek. Still no connectivity.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Well at least the ipconfig looks normal again so the setting did take which tends to point to a chipset problem or bios problem. Unless of course there is some funky A/V blocking something,so assuming there isn't an A/V involved here. There was also a rogue IP showing up before, I'm not sure where that came from.

Ok I have some more tricks up my sleeve for this one. These EVGA boards I know pretty well. What happens is that the chipsets can get hosed and the only way to fix it is to clear the cmos on the board. I've fixed my board and a few others this way, it's standard procedure when it comes to these EVGA boards, thats why they have a little button for clearing the cmos.

After clearing the cmos be sure and enable your SATA drives and return to normal any other settings to how they were before cmos clear.

That should get you back online again and DHCP should be working so you can probably return your ipv4 settings back to DHCP.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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