Ipconfig shows nothing issue
Read on to know about the causes due to which the 'ipconfig' command shows nothing. Also find different ways to solve the issue
Ipconfig is used for displaying all of the TCP/IP connections that are currently active in the system. It is a command console programmed by Microsoft. The result of ipconfig, will be a list that displays all of the active networks connected with the system, DNS names if any, etc. It is useful while troubleshooting network related problems. The information provided by the ipconfig command includes IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway. Sometimes the ipconfig itself can be affected with issues because of which it won’t provide the users the necessary information. In fact there are cases when it shows nothing. The reasons behind this error can be several and there are different ways by which the error can be resolved.
Given below are some points that will help the users to know more about the causes by which the 'ipconfig' command shows nothing and the different ways by which the error can be fixed:
- Causes behind ipconfig shows nothing
- Things to Check
- Ways to fix the issue
Causes behind ipconfig shows nothing
At times, the 'ipconfig' command might end up with no information or insufficient information regarding the network connections of the host computer. The reasons behind this error can be varied. The most common causes behind this error will be lack of a network card or the appropriate driver required for the proper functioning of that card. Corrupted driver can also be the reason for the issue. Network card on a wrong PCI slot can also cause this error.
Things to Check
The first thing to do when the 'ipconfig' command shows insufficient information is to check whether your system is equipped with the necessary networking hardware and programs. This includes network cards, associated drivers, etc. The best way to check whether the system is equipped with a network connection is to check it from the Device Manager. To open the 'Device Manager', right-click on ‘My Computer’ and select ‘Properties’. Select the tab ‘Hardware’ and click on the button 'Device Manager'. Expand the ‘Network Adapters’ or ‘Network Drivers’ by clicking the ‘+’ sign near it. If there is a yellow sign near the network driver, then it means that your system doesn't have a network driver installed or the installed driver is corrupted.
The absence of a network driver or corrupted network driver will end up with the 'ipconfig' command not showing anything. Installing the appropriate driver would fix the issue here. But if your system meets the required specifications for network connectivity and still you get no information from the 'ipconfig' command, then the issue may be due to some other reasons. Try resetting the WINSOCK entries and TCP/IP Stack to default values. To do this, press and hold the ‘Start’ button and press the ‘R’ key on your keyboard. Type 'cmd' in the text area provided and press ‘Enter’. This will open the ‘Command' window. Type 'netsh winsock reset catalog' and press ‘Enter’ to reset the WINSOCK values. Then type 'etsh int ip reset reset.log' and press ‘Enter’ to reset the TCP/IP stack. Alternatively, you can switch the PCI slots where the network card is plugged.
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