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#1 TheMainEvent

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 05:05 PM

Alright I'm not too good at explaining things so bare with me lol. I have a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop running off of Windows XP Home Edition, and my computer connects to the internet through a wireless connection. Recently when turning the computer on I got a blue screen, but it disappeared before I could read it and the computer booted up normally so I thought nothing of it. Once I logged into my account I got a notification saying that my LAN connection wasn't working because a network cable was unplugged. I unplugged/plugged in the Linksys router, but it didn't help. I checked that the connection was enabled so that's not the problem either. My brother also runs off of the same system, but everythings working fine for him. Are there any viruses/trojans that could be causing this or is it more likely a hardware problem? If you need any other information let me know and I'll post it up as soon as I can, thanks in advance.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 05:35 PM

You say your laptop connects to a wireless network. Do you mean that your laptop has awireless card or that your run an ethernet cable from your laptop to a wireless receiver of some kind.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 07:14 PM

It has a built in card

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 12:35 AM

So, can you access the internet?

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:27 PM

Nope :thumbsup: I'm using a different computer to get on here.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:47 PM

Hmm... I'm stumped. Anyone have any ideas?

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 07:34 PM

hi there :inlove: as you see i am a new member :thumbsup:

sorry for the interrupt :bike: :woot: but i am thinking of something :flowers: what about the IP addresses ( in the Linksys Router ) :trumpet: are they assigned by DHCP !

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 10:29 PM

Please read http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/ on How to update a Windows hardware driver.

Try uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers for your internal wireless network card, e.g., IntelPRO/Wireless 2915ABG. Go to the Dell website and under Support find the Drivers/Downloads section and navigate to your computer's hardware. You can check what card you have by right clicking My Computer, Properties, then Hardware, Device Manager, select your Network Adapter, right click, and choose Properties. Write down the version number of your driver so you can compare to that on the current Dell Support page. Try this first, and after a reboot, let us know if this solution works.
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Posted 18 February 2007 - 06:33 PM

The indication that a cable is unplugged normally comes from a wired connection - not from a wireless connection. I suspect that your system is trying to connect via a wired connection rather than the wireless one.

Try right clicking on the wireless icon in the system tray and viewing the available wireless networks. Select yours and then click on "Connect".
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