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Laptop stopped connecting to internet except at home - but previously could!

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#1 richardinct


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Posted 14 August 2009 - 02:32 PM

My XP laptop suddenly stopped being able to connect to the internet at a friend's house, either wirelessly or plugged directly into the cable modem. Before that it was connecting wirelessly just fine for several days.

Nor can it find any wireless networks at all though there are a few nearby (neighbors' apartments etc - which I wouldn't be able to log into, not having the passwords, but still they should show up in list of available networks).

But it still connects just fine at my own house, both wireless or plugged in directly. And, as usual, I see a list of several available wireless networks.

At the friend's house, I tried restarting the computer, unplugging and restarting the router, including waiting 24 hours.

No changes of any kind were made to the computer (such as network connection settings, installing hardware, clicking on suspicious websites or emails etc.)

This is especially perplexing for many reasons:

1) How could I get online just fine at the friend's house, then suddenly not be able to?

2) If it was a glitch between my computer and her ISP, then why doesn't my computer show any available wireless networks at all?

3) How can such a problem only happen at her house but not mine?

Thanks much.. this one has me stumped

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