Getting the error "There is an IP address conflict with another system on the network." on XP computer

"There is an IP address conflict with another system on the network." I keep getting these messages on my computer. -What it means and how to solve this?

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IP addresses are assigned to a computer in one of two basic methods: the address is assigned automatically by the device "in charge" of the network (in your case, the wifi hotspot router) or the address is set manually on the computer.

If the address is assigned automatically, the router is "smart" enough to assign a different address for everyone.  However, if your computer has a fixed or 'static' IP address assigned manually, it may conflict with an address assigned by the router to another computer.

You do not specify, so I'm going to assume that your computer is running WIndows XP...

  1. On your computer, open the network connections (start > run > ncpa.cpl > OK)
  2. Right-click on the icon for your wireless adapter and select Properties
  3. Click on the 'Général' tab, select "Protocol Internet (TCP/IP)" from the list of "this connection uses the following items" and click "Properties".
  4. Select the boxes for two on "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically"
  5. OK your way out.

This will not adversely affect your computer somehow.

If the two "automatic" settings were already selected, it is likely that your wireless adapter is managed by a utility provided by the manufacturer of your computer or your adapter wifi rather than Windows.  There should be a wifi icon in the system notification area (near the time display).  Click or right-click on it and see if you can access the menu of configuration settings or to determine at which it is useful.

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