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Bouncer
06-26-00, 10:19 PM
Found this the other day, though it's from RoadRunner, if you have similar symptoms, it may be affecting your ISP as well.

Regards,
-Bouncer-

Microsoft Y2K DHCP Issue
Road Runner customers who use Windows 95 and 98 may be experiencing an issue with connectivity due to a Y2K problem in the Windows 95 and 98 Operating Systems.(Please note: This does not effect machines running Windows 98 Second Edition (SE))

Symptoms of this issue include a loss of connection, where rebooting restores service. This is caused by a glitch in the way that dates are read by Windows after 03/01/2000. The Windows Y2K patches will solve these issues. PLEASE NOTE: According to Microsoft, if you find that need to reinstall Windows 95/98 in the future, or reinstall/MODIFY any networking components, this patch may need to be reinstalled.

Windows 95 and 98 have separate fixes for the issue. Please click here for information on how to fix the issue in Windows 95, and click here for information on how to fix the issue in Windows 98.

Instructions for Windows 95

Note: If you are coming from off the Road Runner network because of connectivity issues, please reboot your computer. If you are effected by this issue, your connection should be temporarily restored.

To determine if your computer is indeed effected by this issue, please perform the following:

Click on the Start button, and select Files or Folders from the Find menu.
Type the filename vdhcp.386 in the Named field, and click the Find Now button.
The file will be listed in a box below as soon as it is located. Check the Modified date on the filename by scrolling all the way to the right. If the file is dated before May 13, 1999, you will need to install the patch for this issue.
To install the patch for Windows 95:

Visit the Microsoft Windows Update area.
To download the patch, click on the blue Download Now button, located at both the top and the bottom of the page.
Another page will give you a choice of locations from which to download the file from. Select one, and click the Download Now button.
The file (named y2kvdhcp.exe) will now begin to download onto your system.
When the download is complete, locate and run the file if you are not automatically prompted to do so. Follow the instructions given, and reboot if necessary.
For more details on this issue from Microsoft, please click here. If you experience issues with this fix, and are unable to perform it, please contact Microsoft directly at (425) 635-7222, 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Instructions for Windows 98

Note: If you are coming from off the Road Runner network because of connectivity issues, please reboot your computer. If you are effected by this issue, your connection should be temporarily restored.


To determine if your computer is indeed effected by this issue, please perform the following:

Click on the Start button, and select Files or Folders from the Find menu.
Type the filename vdhcp.386 in the Named field, and click the Find Now button.
The file will be listed in a box below as soon as it is located. Check the Modified date on the filename by scrolling all the way to the right. If the file is dated before May 13, 1999, you will need to install the patch for this issue.
To install the patch for Windows 98:

The Windows 98 patch for this issue is a component to the Windows 98 Year 2000 Update. Please note that included in this patch are many other updates for programs and features that Road Runner does not support.

Using Internet Explorer, visit the Microsoft Windows Update site at http://www.windowsupdate.com
Locate the Windows 98 Year 2000 Update, and download it to your computer.
Follow the instructions given, and reboot if necessary.
The Readme file, which includes a more detailed walkthrough and specific details on what is being updated can be located at http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q168/1/16.ASP.

whatsup
06-27-00, 06:14 AM
thanks bouncer. got a couple reasons why this is happening.

"Why would we make a perfect Operating System? Who would by the upgrade?" Bill Gates

"You will never need more that 650 MBytes of hard drive space" Bill Gates

emixnem
09-30-03, 02:24 AM
thx bouncer

Bouncer
10-07-03, 11:52 PM
Hmm...

-B-