DHCP chat server- ethenet shield Proj.

so, the other day I bought a Ethernet shield, and once I got home I started with this project. and I'm having an issue...
these are the steps I took:
1: plugged shield into Arduino
2: plugged in power and Ethernet to the Arduino
3: copied (as in copy and paste) the code into the Arduino app
4: edited mac address, IP address, gateway, and subnet(I left the port alone)
5: uploaded the sketch to Arduino
6: checked serial monitor.... and only the "Trying to get an IP address using DHCP" line showed
7: attempted telnet on the IP I entered....no connection
8: messed around with order of plugging, uploading, resetting, and Ethernet connection...at one point, the serial monitor read off an IP (not anything even close to related to my network) so I tried telnet on that IP, no connection
9:gave up and hit this forum....

so, the other day I bought a Ethernet shield

So which one did you buy?

w5200 Ethernet Shield By: Seeed Studio, it's the one they had at my local radioshack.

unforgiven4148:
w5200 Ethernet Shield By: Seeed Studio, it’s the one they had at my local radioshack.

I think it may have a special ethernet library, did you check that?

That was it… this is my first shield so I never used libraries, i just found how to add them and where they are, thank you