DHCP Clients Cannot Obtain an IP Address from the DHCP Server
Looks like there might be just a small problem with Windows XP
and its DHCP client software. If you find that you're not able
to obtain a new IP address when you move your Windows XP computer
from network to network, it could be a problem with the DHCP
client. Microsoft recommends troubleshooting the problem first.
If that doesn't work, they suggest you get a fix.
Check it out here:
Windows XP NTFS and Cluster Size
I've mentioned in previous newsletters that you might run into
trouble with NTFS partitions with a small cluster size in Windows
XP. The Windows XP setup utility offers to format a disk as NTFS.
If you choose that option, it will create 512 byte clusters. A
large disk with many files and 512 byte clusters can slow things
down a bit. While there's no easy way to change the cluster size
on disks you've already formatted, you can control the cluster
size on new partitions. You can do this when you add a new hard
disk, or if you have free space on an existing disk.. There are
two ways to do this:
Use the Disk Management utility (diskmgmt.msc) to format the disk.
You'll be asked for a cluster size at the end of the Wizard Open
a command prompt and use the format command. The /A switch allows
you to control the cluster size. Use the command format /? to see
details on using this switch.
If you need to change cluster size on an existing partition, you
can use the Paragon Disk Manager () or Partition Magic. You have
to use a roundabout method with Partition Magic because you have
to first convert the NTFS partition to FAT32, and then convert
back to NTFS with a new cluster size.
Windows XP Clients Cannot Connect to a Windows 2000 Terminal Services
Windows XP comes with Remote Desktop Client software that allows
you to connect to Windows 2000 and .Net Terminal Servers. Some
of you might have noticed that when your users try to connect to
a Windows 2000 Terminal Server, they get an error: "Because of a
security error, the client could not connect to the terminal
server. After making sure that you are logged onto the network,
try connecting to the server again." The problem relates to the
certificates used by the Terminal Services Licensing Servers.
Check out the Q article for details on how to fix:
Stop DSL Modems from Automatically Disconnecting
You and the rest of the family are surfing along using your
shared DSL modem. Then from out of the blue BOINK! The modem
just disconnects for no reason. It could be a problem with the
power management settings on the modem; it's just going to sleep
on its own. Try this out for a fix:
Right click the My Computer icon on the desktop and click the
Properties command. Click on the Hardware tab in the System
Properties dialog box. In the Hardware tab, click on the Device
Manager button. Click the "+" to the left of Universal Serial
Bus controllers to expand that node. Double click on the USB
Root Hub entry. Click on the Power Management tab in the USB
Root Hub Properties dialog box. Remove the checkmark from the
Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power
checkbox. Click OK.
Now the DSL modem should work smooth as silk and not turn itself
off when you're in the middle of a 50MB download!
How to Prepare to Upgrade Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition to Windows XP
Are you prepared to take the plunge? You know that we like to
install Windows XP on a fresh partition that doesn't have any
other data on it. But some people are bold, and like to do risky
things, like upgrading a current Windows 98 or Windows ME
installation. Yes, it can be done! But you have to be very, VERY
careful. One wrong move and your data and programs will be
history. Microsoft has put together a decent article on how to
perform what we call an "in place" upgrade of Windows 98/ME.
If you're feeling lucky, check out: