bingojubes, the IP addressing is dynamic, and the DNS automatically assigns an address.
Address assignments (among other things) are handled by a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server (such as on your router); DNS (Domain Name Service) translates domain names (e.g. www.maximumpc.com
) to their IP addresses (e.g. 18.104.22.168)
Re-read earlier post:
disabling my firewall
And, you said that Windows
hangs on obtaining an IP address? Or, that your browser (if so, which one?) hangs on resolving the site name/adddress? Big difference.
I'd also like you to open a command prompt, and post the output of ipconfig /all
To do this: right-click anywhere in the command window > select all > <Enter>. Contents are now copied to the Clipboard; you can paste it into whatever. Since that PC is broken, I'd suggest pasting into Notepad, so you can sneakernet it (via USB key) to a working PC.
Also.... since you're posting from a different PC (but, on the same LAN, yes?), I'd also like you to post the output of ipconfig /all
from that (working) PC, as well (for comparison purposes.)
Please indicate which is which. If possible, please also put each in [code] blocks - makes it a lot easier to read.