My daughter got some sort of virus on her computer, by the time she told me about it she had a blue screen and Windows would not boot.
She was running XP Pro with all the current updates.
I formatted and reinstalled XP Pro, using the long, not fast, format option (our version is pre SP2) and tried to connect to the Internet to get all the service packs and updates, but cannot connect to the Internet.
I could connect to the wireless router with a strong signal but not to the Internet. I tried to repair the connection but could not renew the IP address.
We have 5 other computers connecting to the same router, so bad a router is not the problem. The computer is still sitting in the same location as it was prior to this mess, so location in relation to the router is also not the issue.
I tried setting a fixed IP, still could not connect.
I have changed out the wireless card (with the proper drivers) using one from another computer that is working fine. Still can't get an IP.
I ran winsockXPfix.exe.
Then, in desperation, I installed Windows 7 Ultimate. Same problem, can't get an IP assigned and setting a fixed IP doesn't work either. I have since reinstalled XP Pro.
Also, no firewall is not blocking the connection as all I have right now is Windows firewall.
What I am wondering is if the virus possibly shut some ports or did some mischief that is not even fixable with a format and clean install. Is their anything in the MBR that could affect my ability to connect to the Internet?
When I view my wireless connection status it shows I am sending packets but not receiving any.
Tools, I have at my disposal:
USB flash drive for transferring files
CD/DVD burner to transfer bigger files