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Laptop unable to connect to wireless signal.


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#1 smithm7861

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 08:34 PM

I have a gateway 450ROG that I just got used. It was recentely had windows xp reinstalled and has service pack 3. I open it up and try to connect it to the wireless internet and it won't connect. I have a cable modem that is connected to a Linksys WRT54G router. The router is set to WPA. I entered the password correctly and it will say "waiting for network," then 5 minutes later it just goes right back to the view wireless networks window without connecting. I plugged it into the router and it works just fine, it also works when connected to other routers. I live in an apartment complex, but I don't think it is an interference issue. I have another Gateway 450ROG that connects just fine and another desktop that also connects without issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 10:03 PM

it also works when connected to other routers

Hardwired, or wirelessly?

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 10:35 PM

It works when its hardwired into the same router, but it also connected to a neighbors unsecured wireless router as well.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 10:38 PM

Go Start>Run (Start search in Vista), type in:
cmd
Click OK (in Vista and Windows 7, while holding CTRL, and SHIFT, press Enter).

In Command Prompt window, type in following commands, and hit Enter after each one:
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /registerdns
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
net stop "dns client"
net start "dns client"


Turn the computer off.

On your router, you'll find a pinhole marked "Reset".
Keep pushing the hole, using a pencil, or a paperclip until all lights briefly come off and on.
NOTE. Simple router disconnecting from a power source will NOT do.
Restart computer and check for redirections.

NOTE. You may need to re-check your router security settings, as described HERE

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 11:06 PM

The laptop still won't connect. I reset the router and reset the security and typed in the password several times and got nothing. When it tries to connect it says waiting for network then after a few minutes it goes right back to the wireless network list window. This laptop has my router connection set as automatic, but it won't connect when it is restarted either. It just says preferred networks are in range. It will still connect to the unsecured wireless network.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 11:13 PM

Try to reinstall wireless driver.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 11:31 PM

Unistalled old driver and installed the new and it still doesn't want to connect.

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 12:04 AM

Even when I reset the router to have no security settings it still will not connect to it. It will just sit and say waiting for network, then will go back to the wireless networks window. When I set it to WPA2 it did try to acquire a network address for my router, but then stop suddenly and it wouldn't connect. I don't know why it doesn't like this linksys router. I even tried changing the channel frequency on the router.

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 12:18 AM

Maybe your router has an issue.
Can you invite a friend with a laptop and see, if he can connect wirelessly?

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 12:21 AM

I have another laptop, same model that has no issues connecting to this router and another desktop that works just fine as well.

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 12:26 AM

See, if you can connect wirelessly in Safe Mode with Networking.

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 12:36 AM

It still won't connect in safe mode with networking. I tried connecting to the other unsecure network while in safe mode and it says not connected.

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 01:04 AM

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 05:08 PM

This may be really silly, but when I first tried to set up an ad hoc peer to peer network, to let my wife share one printer, it failed completely. It was only after I gave in and bought a router that I discovered the wi-fi transmitter / receiver on her laptop had failed in one direction. I then spent another 20+ on a dongle, stuck that into a USB port, installed the software, and - lo and behold - my beloved's laptop was back on line, wirelessly ! Although that laptop has since been retired from frontline use, it still works first time every time with the dongle inserted !

You seem to have gone through all the possible system checks, so borrow a dongle ( and the drivers ) and try that.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 04:43 AM

What is the model/manufacturer of your Laptop wireless device? There may be the utility of the manufacturer for configuring your Laptop wireless.

Also what is your Laptop model?




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