Re: Invalid IP address for DHCP server





"Daniel Crichton" wrote:

> Wazza wrote on Tue, 1 Nov 2005 01:06:03 -0800:
>
> > When I run the network diagnostic tool from MS there is a line that states:
> > DHCPServer = 255.255.255.255 (invalid IP Address). How can I change it to
> > the right address which, I believe, should be 255.255.255.0?
>
> 255.255.255.255 is the default address for the DHCPServer entry - as it
> hasn't changed to the correct address (which will definitely not be
> 255.255.255.0) then that indicates that your machine has not been able to
> find the DHCP server, so either you're not running one on your LAN or
> there's a networking issue preventing your PC from communicating with it.
>
> Dan
>
>Thanks for your interest in my problem. I have previously had this network running correctly. ICS was working fine and I had access to share files and printers on both PC's. The only change to my set-up has been the addition of an ADSL modem. Could this be causing the problem?

About my set-up:
Host PC is running Windows XP Home 2002 SP2 directly connected, via ethernet
cable, to Client PC which is running Windows ME 4.90.3000

Work-arounds I have tried:
Release and renew ipconfig on both PC's
Winsock repair procedures(as detailed by Chuck in other posts)
Download and install new driver for Host PC NIC

When renewing ipconfig on Host I get an error message: "An error occured
while renewing interface Local Area Connection : unable to contact DHCP"

The event viewer has this to say:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: ipnathlp
Event Category: None
Event ID: 30013
Date: 27/10/2005
Time: 5:49:43 PM
User: N/A
Computer: BEAVER1
Description:
The DHCP allocator has disabled itself on IP address 169.254.7.140, since
the IP address is outside the 192.168.0.0/255.255.255.0 scope from which
addresses are being allocated to DHCP clients. To enable the DHCP allocator
on this IP address, please change the scope to include the IP address, or
change the IP address to fall within the scope.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

It suggests that the network connections have the wrong address manually
configured but both PC's are configured to obtain addresses automatically.

Both PC's are able to ping themselves and each other on the 169.254.x.y
addresses listed in the ipconfig files below. I know these addresses should
be in the 192.168.x.y range but I'll be darned if I can find out how to
achieve this.

Also ran browstat on both PC's. The client PC returned an error message
"Error starting program. The BROWSTAT.EXE file is linked to the missing
export file NETAPI32:_BrowserDebugCall"

Below are the ipconfig files for both PC's and the browstat file for the Host.
Host ipconfig:
Windows IP Configuration



Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : BEAVER1

Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :

Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown

IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes

WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : vic.bigpond.net.au



Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:



Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : SiS 900-Based PCI Fast Ethernet
Adapter

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-13-8F-34-BC-DC

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . : 169.254.7.140

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :



Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:



Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : vic.bigpond.net.au

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Speedstream Ethernet USB Adapter

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0B-23-D7-B1-3A

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.1

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.138

DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.138

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.138

Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, 27 October 2005
9:34:22 PM

Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, 19 January 2038 1:14:07
PM

Client ipconfig:
Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . : BEAVER2
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
NetBIOS Scope ID. . . . . . :
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . : No
NetBIOS Resolution Uses DNS : No

0 Ethernet adapter :

Description . . . . . . . . : Accton EN5251 Series Chip Based Fast Ethernet
Adapter NDIS5 Driver
Physical Address. . . . . . : 00-D0-59-6A-AC-BD
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 169.254.70.41
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Primary WINS Server . . . . :
Secondary WINS Server . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . : 10 27 05 5:48:34 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . :

1 Ethernet adapter :

Description . . . . . . . . : PPP Adapter.
Physical Address. . . . . . : 44-45-53-54-00-00
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
Primary WINS Server . . . . :
Secondary WINS Server . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . :
Lease Expires . . . . . . . :

Host browstat:
Status for domain BEAVERNET on transport
\Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{96BC8782-F722-42C7-B2F6-9F968A1BEEEF}
Browsing is active on domain.
Master browser name is: BEAVER1
Master browser is running build 2600
1 backup servers retrieved from master BEAVER1
\\BEAVER1
There are 2 servers in domain BEAVERNET on transport
\Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{96BC8782-F722-42C7-B2F6-9F968A1BEEEF}
There are 1 domains in domain BEAVERNET on transport
\Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{96BC8782-F722-42C7-B2F6-9F968A1BEEEF}


Status for domain BEAVERNET on transport
\Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{6A29C480-97F7-4C76-8B82-62E38B1D57A6}
Browsing is active on domain.
Master browser name is: BEAVER1
Master browser is running build 2600
1 backup servers retrieved from master BEAVER1
\\BEAVER1
There are 1 servers in domain BEAVERNET on transport
\Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{6A29C480-97F7-4C76-8B82-62E38B1D57A6}
There are 1 domains in domain BEAVERNET on transport
\Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{6A29C480-97F7-4C76-8B82-62E38B1D57A6}

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