Hi apologies for not returning to this link as dont appear to be able to get help as quick!!
I have installed: GNS3-0.7.4-win32-all-in-one & VirtualBox-4.1.8-75467-Win - I am aware that Ive been told I do not need 'Virtualbox' but due to other factors or that 'vpcs' is to do with 'LINUX' even though I am using windows, just totally confused me prior to doing more reading from other expert advice and managed to get on the right path.
My internet connection is via a Residential Netgear box with just 4 Eth ports & wireless capability which allocates address via a built-in Dhcp feature using: 192.168.0.x /24 and when adding the same subnet range as spare ip addresses, my vm machine was detecting 'ip conflict'.
I then changed to another address such as: 192.168.1.x /24 and appears to be ok or even 192.168.3.x /24 subnet ranges..!
I have installed and configured a xp host 'vm machine' via Virtualbox and added the same subnet details above for '1 nic' due to it being a vm xp host machine and used the 'url' below although based on 'windows 2003 using 2 nics'.
Althought I could configure a 2600 router and a 'cloud' and 'connect' successfully showing 'green' circles confirming all ok. I could only ping the router 'itself' and could not ping my 'vm xp machine' or vice versa - Why ?
I though I was supposed to use a 'bridge connection' instead but this did not work..
Im not sure if I should be adding a loopback to link to my actual laptop first of all and then add a 'bridge between loopback and virtual host ethernet adapter'!!