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We bought a new printer yesterday and had to download the drivers from the HP website. Once the drivers were loaded, somehow the network protocols and software were chucked (We're using 98SE on this computer). I cna no longer see the network. I went through the usual process of trying to load the softwware for the lan card and protocols back onto the computer and it didn't work after several tries. I tried one more time, doing the same thing as before, and it apparently worked. (have no idea why, nothing abou tthe process was changed). Then, I restarted the computer, and lo and behold, there is no longer any network connection. it says something like failed to load the tcp/tp network.

This makes no sense as it was just working right before that... or was that some kind of quirk??
 

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posting the result of ipconfig /all may help. also any errors in Event Viewer?
 

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If TCP/IP failed to load, you likely don't have any IP addresses assigned at all.

There are a couple of ways to reinstall TCP/IP with Win98. Both require at least access to the Win98 source files.

If you don't have the network card drivers:

1. Temporarily add in another protocol like NetBEUI.
2. Remove TCP/IP
3. Reboot
4. Add in TCP/IP (the original files will be overwritten)
5. Remove NetBEUI
6. Reboot

If you have both the OS source files and the network card drivers, you might just remove all the networking and reboot.

If you can't access the Internet with programs like IE, Outlook Express, or other web browsers, you may have corrupted Winsock entries.

To Remove the existing winsock2 registry entries (regardless of the OS) run:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/reg/xp_del_winsock.reg

To add Win98 clean entries back in again, run:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/reg/win98_winsock.reg
 
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