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Why is my IP address causing desktop problems?

Expert Laura E. Hunter explains to a reader what an IP address of 165.254.*.* means, and how to keep it from causing problems in Active Directory.

My IP address is 169.254.***.*** ...and I guess that's causing some network problem for my desktop. I have found through research that I can reset it using a netshell utility. What exactly is a netshell utility and how does it work?

An IP address of 165.254.*.* means that your PC is attempting to receive an IP address from a DHCP server, but...

it is unable to do so. Be sure that you can ping your DHCP server and that the DHCP server is active and handing out IP addresses on your subnet. You can find even more helpful information here.

This was last published in March 2006

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