God damn the computers are pissing me off tonight. All evening our broadband cable connection has just been running slower than molasses, so it takes forever to accomplish anything online. And then I’m trying to get my wife’s computer fixed up, it’s been running really slow lately and locking up a lot. So I rolled back the Windows ME that was installed on it (have I mentioned before how I hate Windows ME??) to Windows 98, which by and large worked well enough, but now can’t get the blasted TCP/IP to work properly.
It tells me it’s assigned to some 169.* address, and the DHCP server is “255.255.255.255” (yeah, sure), instead of being sensible and using the perfectly acceptable DHCP server and IP address assignment that has worked with every other computer we’ve had in this house. And the worst part is, I’m sure I’ve encountered this same problem at work, and solved it, but I can’t remember what the solution was. I’ve already tried uninstalling and re-installing TCP/IP, so I don’t know. Maybe it’s just time for the straight low-level format route. Son of a bitch.