After setting up my home network successfully, I have now unintentionally cut my main Vista PC's connection to the Net. Viewing the router from my XP Lappy, I see that the PC is listed as Status: Inactive!! How can I re-activate it? Hope someone can help!
Re-setting the router as ronalddonald suggests shouldn't affect the connection, it just reboots the router. If that has no affect I would try right clicking the connection icon in the Notification Area next to the clock on the problem machine and select Diagnose and Repair, this may sort it out or at least give some indication of the problem.
gazzaho: tried rebooting the router no change. tried "ipconfig /release ..and /renew message reads "No oeration can be performed on local area network connection 2 whilst it has it's media disconnected" Same message for "local area connection" Also a list saying eathernet adapters 1 & 2, Tunnel adapters 6,7,9,10 & 13 saying against each "Media disconnected Connection-specific DNS Suffix"
God I don't understand networks!!! Can someone shine a light??
Strange, found that having installed Photoshop Elements 5 had somehow interfered with IE8 and System Restore!! Had to re-boot toget restore to roll me back to pre- elements. Now at least IE 8 is working and I'm just waiting here on my lappy for some kind soul to help me get my PC talking to the Net again