I talked to LinkSys tech support for the Ethernet card and the router and they found that the card and the router were working properly. And after removing and reinstalling all network settings and protocols and many restarts, I was still unable to ping anything.
The Rest of the Story. Previously, Win98 had been working perfectly. Then I upgraded to XP. It worked perfectly too. And all networking issues worked perfect. (I do like the way XP can “auto” configure all networking issues….but that’s about the only thing I like about xp).
Then I decided to try to configure a dual boot system. With very good guidance from
http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/dual/index.html . I just substituted XP in the instructions for Win 2K. So, I uninstall XP (now back to win98). However, on the first attempt I make a mistake, and ended up again with just XP. In the instructions (url above) be sure under Step 9, to check “Install a new copy of Windows XP (Clean Install)…..”. And under Step 10, check both boxes.
So, now I start all over again. It worked on the next attempt. Following the instructions to the letter I have a dual boot system, that is, I am prompted during startup as to which OS I wish to boot up…Windows 98 or Windows XP. Boot up XP, everything works as before. Amazing. Boot up Win98 and, guess what…No Ping, No Internet.
Final solution. I finally bit the bullet and did format C: and did a clean install of Win98. Guess what, all networking problems solved. Although, I was up all night reinstalling drivers, applications, and updates. I suspect that with all the installing and uninstalling that some registry setting got messed up, that only a clean install of Win98 could solve. However, I no longer have a dual boot system. I will attempt the dual boot thing again and let everyone here know how it goes. Xp is still on the D partition, but I’m not prompted during start up for the XP start up. I guess I will have to Format D: and do the Dual Boot instructions again.
I’m sorry for the long story. I only hope that others can learn from my dumb mistakes.