Thank you too all who helped me here!
I found a work-around.
First off, I did have to get rid of DHCP and go with a manual setup
Though my ISP told me they made no changes to the system
my big mistake was believing them.
I finally took the DNS numbers off my DSL modem
used them instead of the DNS numbers my ISP had been using previously
and now the thing works
Still don't know what DHCP read the numbers wrong
but one the the DNS numbers picked up by DHCP was off by one digit..
the other was not even close.
Well for now I'm up and running anyway