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Stop Xbox Live from saying IP Address Failed

Donna asks…

How do I stop my Xbox Live attempted from saying IP Address Failed and how can I get it to work?

How do I stop my Xbox Live attempted from saying IP Address Failed and how can I get it to work?
Now here is a frustrating dilemma I have been facing since the return of my Xbox 360 console from repairs (due to the occurrence of the dreaded red rings of death) about 11 – 12 months ago. After the very long and annoying waiting period of four weeks for my Xbox 360 to return I discovered that I could no longer connect or use Xbox Live.

The first of my series of questions is very simple, since my subscription card only lasts a year and I haven’t been able to play for more than that will I still be able to use it even though it has been more than 12 months (without play)?
Now please allow me to continue and I stress here that I would greatly appreciate in depth answers and How-to guides as well as an answerers constant (if needed) return to this question to answer the questions and review the answers that I may post in additional details.
Now to the meat of my dauntingly present burger of a problem.

Before the RRoD I had the pleasure to enjoy a variety of multiplayer modes including those of

Gears of War, Grand Theft Auto IV, Call of Duty 4, Halo 3, Medal of Honour Airbourne, Team Fortress 2 etc

which I miss and now I cannot enjoy the multiplayer aspects of the games I have purchased including

F.E.A.R, Gears of War 2, Brothers in Arms Hells Highway, Rainbow Six Vegas, Far Cry 2, Fable 2, Splinter Cell Double Agent and more. I am also missing out on great demos for Resident Evil 5, LOTR Conquest and F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin as well as DLC such as Operation Anchorage and the upcoming Lost and Damned. Also with games like LOTR Conquest, Tom Clancy’s EndWar Left 4 Dead and Call of Duty World at War released my desire for the return of the great gaming experience that is Xbox Live expands.
Ok, maybe now the actual meat… of the meat…
I have been attempting to connect with the Wireless Network Adaptor and the first two sections of the test work… then when I reach the IP Address the message always says “Failed”. I don’t know how it worked the first time I ever used Xbox Live before the RRoD.
I have searched my computer and found many IP Addresses (not knowing which one is needed) and have tried to enter all manually in the Network Settings.
Why is it not working? How can I get my IP Address to work? Where can I find my IP Address?
These are the main questions which the title of my segment intend for you to answer.
Sorry for dragging on, I do not wish to pull you into my frustration but I do request, as stated before for detailed explanations and help (since I do not know to many computer and internet things) and the return to this question as many times as possible to view the updates and answer them.
Thank you for your help and if there is any information you need please tell me how to find the answers (if their buried in my computer somewhere).

Thank you for your answer. Here are some things I would like cleared up.
What exactly do you mean by power cycle the router and how do you do it?
If I restore to factory defaults will I have to enter the WEP/WPA key again? I can’t remember where the key is so how would I find it?

Thanks again.

Author answers:

1- Power Cycle the Router.

2- Restore the console network settings to factory defaults, and then test XBOX Live.

3- Get the Network Configuration from the PC and enter it exactly the same on the Console except for the IP Address, you will add 5 on the IP address you got from the Pc.
Ex: PC IP address: – Console IP address:

4- Wired Or Wireless?

A- Wired

a- Try a different Ethernet cable.

B- Try a different Port on the Router.

C- Try a different Router.

B- Wireless

a- Check how many signal bars do you have on the wireless mode section of the dashboard.
(System menu – Network settings – Edit Settings – ( below the wireless mode ).
If it is less than 3 bars, then you need to get the console closer to the wireless router / access point.

B- Make sure that the router does not have MAC filtering enabled, (check with router support) and if it is enabled direct the customer to the wireless router support to add the MAC address of the console to the allowed list, or to disable the MAC filtering.

To get the MAC address of the console Go To:
(System Menu – Network Settings – Edit Settings – Additional Settings – Advanced Settings – Wired MAC Address).

C- Make sure you have entered the right wireless security key (even if it says connected).

D- Try a different Wireless Adapter (even if it is green).

E- Try a different Wireless Router or a different console.

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PlayStation 3 V Xbox 360?

Steven asks…

PlayStation 3 V Xbox 360?






Xbox 360


1. How did PS3 loose it’s popularity so fast when PS2 sold 114 million units worldwide? Right now XBox 360 is bascially killing PS3; Better graphics, better ratings and reviews and far more units sold.

2. What is the chances of PS3 making better quality games in the future when game delevopers learn to reach the full potienial of the PS3. Will the XBox 360‘s potienial power run dry and then the PS3 in a couple of years pass the XBox 360?

3. How good will GTA IV be on PS3 and Xbox 360? Will GTA IV smash all the previous Xbox and PlayStation records like: GTA: San Andreas and Halo 2, and win alot of game awards? Or will Halo 3 be the biggest hit on Xbox 360?

Author answers:

Xbox 360 all the way!! PS3 only sounds better because people believe what Sony tell them. It was the same with the PS2. It was so crap to begin with and people still flocked to get their hands on it. I know so many people who are on to their 2nd or even 3rd PS2 because of the poorly built console and the poor support from Sony.

As for the PS3 being the more powerful console, it’s not! Infact it lags a long way behind. The graphic bandwith on the 360 is about 5 times that of the PS3. (PS3 has a total system bandwidth of 48 GB/s while the Xbox has a total system bandwidth of 278.4 GB/s) Remember that the frequency of a processor (3.2ghz) is not whats important, it how many mb or gb per second it can push through.

This has already been shown in several games. Just compare screen shots for:
Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)


Gears of War (360)

The detail in the 360 game is clear to see.

Also have a look at this article about Ridge Racer. The reason for this lack of detail on the PS3’s part is simply because is cannot process the complex graphics as quick as the Xbox 360

Lots of people have also been saying ‘Just give the PS3 some time and there will be more and better games available than for the 360’. Well that is still a big question mark because as developers freely admit, it is a lot easier to develop games for the 360.

The last point I’ll make is about the whole HD vs Blu-Ray thing. This is more of an observation than anything. What if the HD/Blu-Ray war goes in favour of HD? Doesn’t that make the PS3 kinda useless for watchin movies? Also, Sony themselves have said in the past that playing a lot of dvd’s on the PS2 puts a lot of strain on the console. In the real world this ended up with a lot of useless PS2’s. Couldn’t the PS3 go the same way. At least with the HD option being an addon for the 360, u’ll only have to change the hd player if it packs in (or Blu-Ray win the battle). And these will be cheaper in future.

Now, just to really piss everyone off. GO BUY A PC!!! They have been giving us better performance and graphics for years 🙂

Hope that helps

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