I did something stupid. I cannot remember what I did and why did I do it. (But it was something to do with a dialog box question like "Do you want Windows to manage your wireless connectivity?" I probably clicked on No.)
I have a small wireless home network between my desktop and laptop computers. The desktop is working fine -- I am using the desktop to make this posting. With the laptop, I cannot connect to the Internet. I can see the Intel PROSet Wireless bubble on the taskbar is saying I am connected to the Internet, and the signal strength is Excellent. But I cannot reach any Web site with IE7 or AOL.
I clicked on "Diagnose Connection Problems" offered by IE. After sometime, Network Diagnostics for Windows XP announced, "Windows is not currently managing your wireless network, hence it cannot diagnose the connection problem. If you are using a non-microsoft application to manage your wireless network, please refer to that application to troubleshoot the wireless network problem."
All I know is my Router is Netgear. The other thing I know is sometime ago, I had installed a freeware called Easy WiFi Radar (http://www.makayama.com/
) in my laptop thinking that it might come handy while traveling to connect quickly and easily, for free, to the Internet anywhere, anytime. But soon I discovered that it was interfering with my home network (taking priority and control) and so I uninstalled the software. Since then I was having some trouble connecting to the Internet through my laptop. And then I let Windows manage my network first and then again, I "fired" Windows (don't ask me why).
Call me dumb, stupid, idiot -anything you like BUT PLEASE HELP ME CONNECT TO THE INTERNET WITH MY LAPTOP. Obviously, some internal settings got changed. How can I bring everything back to normalcy? My hunch says it should be easy, BUT I SIMPLY DON'T KNOW WHERE TO TWEAK!