Question No Internet / Ethernet Win 8.1. Other PCs on router ok. PLEASE FAST!

Feb 26, 2021
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win 8.1 64
Z97 HD3 motherboard
i7-4790K
16bg ram
SSD
gold certified PSU

All of a sudden I have no internet. Yellow triangle icon over internet icon in taskbar. Usually just unplugging and re plugging the router from the wall fixes this but not this time. It's been out for over a day now. I need to log into bank to pay bill and mail things on ebay from 2 days ago.

I am writing this from the worlds actual biggest POS computer that barely works, is as slow as possible and has many bugs and security issues and firewall doesn't even work. This PC is sort of a back up and never on and I will not log into bank or anything with it, it needs to be replaced but that's a different story. I cant' even open other PC help forum sites, getting CLOCK ERROR which should be correct, and clicking fix does nothing. I click to 'join' CNET help forum it does nothing. Getting Site Can't Provide a Secure Connection on other site. Trying to use my phone to solve this instead.

I don't have wi fi capabilities on the i7-490k PC but someone gave me a USB wifi thing to check if the actual port for the ethernet cable on my motherboard is broke. I connected it USB and progress bar showed it was done but I couldn't find it or anything and prefer not to mess with wi fi anyway. I doubt the motherboard port is physically broken/fried anyway. When unplugged, I get a red X in toolbar over internet icon, when plugged in, it light up and blinks motherboard and goes to a yellow 'limited' connection which still doesn't give internet.

I tried a brand new internet cable.

I tried disabling and enabling network adapter .

I tried a system restore point, that seemed to make it worse, if I clicked the Chrome icon it won't even open but Internet Explorer icon does open (but no internet).

i tried uninstalling the driver and it's supposed to reinstall when restarting PC.


I tried diagnose connection problem (as if diagnose ever works) = "IP configuration has stopped working."

RUN: ipconfig /flushdns gave an error, so did netsh winsock reset

I run clean scans of spybot and defender at least daily and hasn't found anything in years
 
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I just tried REFRESH WITHOUT AFFECTING YOUR FILES OR SETTINGS. I've done this in the past I think just to try and get performance gain or something.

It said files missing and insert recovery or installation CD, so I put my OEM win 8.1 CD in and it went through a process and just when I thought it was done it said 'Setting up a few more things' then freezes at %3 and an error popup says 'windows could not complete the installation. The install Windows restart the Installation'. It's stuck in that black screen loop now and I don't want to reinstall windows I have a lot of stuff on there I didn't back up. I have to hold power button to turn it off but just loops that if I try turning it back on WTF!?
 

DSzymborski

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Unfortunately, you really need to do the full wipe-and-reinstall. Since you have not been properly maintaining your PC with a regular backup plan, you'll have to find another PC to install the hard drive on, either directly or with a hard drive enclosure, in order to copy files that you cannot afford to lose. Since this is a backup PC, you should be able to do this.
 
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^ nah, I shouldn't have to REALLY wipe the whole OS. you're just saying that because I haven't very recently backed up files.
i do have my most important files backed up and would not be devastating if I had to wipe everything but I would think that's unnecessary.

However, this problem has escalated , I tried refreshing with OEM disc but getting this error I am working on
The drive where windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again."


I don't need any replies to this thread right now because I'm hoping windows repair/refresh can solve the no-internet problem, once I get past this error.
 

DSzymborski

Polypheme
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^ nah, I shouldn't have to REALLY wipe the whole OS.
i do have my most important files backed up and would not be devastating if I had to wipe everything but I would think that's unnecessary.

I don't need any replies to this thread right now because I'm hoping windows repair/refresh can solve the no-internet problem, once I get past this error.
Well, since you apparently know how to fix the problem, you have no further need for my assistance. I wish you good fortune on your recovery!
 

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