I'm using Windows Vista on a laptop, and while my wireless card works fine and takes the address the wireless router's DHCP server gives it, for some reason when I plug my (built-in) laptop NIC port into the router via ethernet, the IP address assigned to the NIC is something like 169.254.xxx.xxx -- nothing close to the 192.168.0.xxx address range the DHCP server is supposed to be handing out. It sounds like an old address I used at college whenever I plugged into the lab.
The NIC card is set to use auto configuration values for IP addresses --v4 and v6-- nothing hardcoded that I can see. I've tried several things (ipconfig /release, rebooting) to clear that address but nothing does the trick. Anyone know what I'm missing?