Fixing the “pinging °ÿ with 32 bytes of data” error in Windows XP

A Windows XP machine can sometimes have its WINSOCK catalog corrupted and it appears like a network connection is disabled. Well, this is not always the case.

If you perform a "PING -a -n 1" this will ping the loopback connection and you should see this as the hostname reply:

pinging °ÿ with 32 bytes of data:
You will also notice that your computer will beep for some known reason?
That °ÿ is the sign that the WINSOCK catalog is corrupted, Simply drop to a coomand prompt and type the following command:
"netsh winsock reset catalog"
After a reboot your problems will be resolved!