So, I wiped a hdd on a friends computer, reinstalled the OS on it (WinXP home) and brought it back to their house so I could set up their network for them. They have a wireless G linksys router (2.4ghz?), a computer upstairs that's recieving a signal from it, and a laptop with "WI-FI"(?) on it.
They couldn't find the discs for it (the original install discs) so I used mine since I have the exact same router. Well, everything went fine, and I did EXACTLY
as the instructions said up until the part when it came time for the computer to recognize the router. It said "router not installed. check connections and try again." After several failed attempts, and starting from scratch several more times, and unplugging the cable modem so it would reset the IP address, restarting the computer and unpluging the router itself, nothing worked. Then, for no apparent reason, after it had told me "router not installed" it worked fine. I just can't see the router from the hosting computer....but it gets on the internet fine, the computer upstairs (recieving a wireless signal) gets on the internet fine, and so does the laptop.
My question is "Why?". I don't understand this at all. I can't even make something up as to why it's working. If the router won't install, then how (and why) is everything working fine and dandy?
TBH, I'm completely and uterly baffled by this whole situation.
I think it's only a matter of time before it all craps out again and stops working, so I'd like to fix it before that happens. Any advice on how to fix this "situation"?
Thanks in advance!