heh. thats practically where this all started. i came because dhcp would not work, it just kept timing out. then somone said try static ip so i did. and now i've figured out that for some reason either my router isn't responding to the nic or something is wrong with the nic and its not recieving signals. im gonna try putting the nic in another computer to see if that is whats faulty. oh and the reason for unplugging stuff is this. both computers are in the same room and there is one jack in the wall, so i just take the cable out of this computer and plug it into the old one to test. and there are no other nics or special setups that i know of in the machine.