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01-Sep-2008, 12:29 PM #1
ThinkPad T30 won't connect to wireless LAN
Good day all.

I just got a refurbished ThinkPad T30 and cannot get it hookup to an (Apple) Airport wireless LAN using a LinkSys WRT110 router. The T30 contains both a Cisco PCI wireless LAN adapter and an Intel Pro/100 VE Network Connection (both shown working in Device Manager). (Borrowed PC with XP Pro connects immediately to my LAN, so it is not an Apple/PC problem).
When I try to View Available Wireless Networks, I get a message saying Windows can't configure and suggesting using another program. When I open Wireless Connection Status
for the adapter [where I changed settings to those of my LAN] I get a message that "IBM Access Connections is managing the configuration of your wireless network." I have tried to create a location in Access Connections that mirrors the configuration in the LAN adapter, but it does not connect.
Thanks in advance for saving the life of this blameless computer.
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01-Sep-2008, 08:33 PM #2
Try connecting it with a wired connection.
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01-Sep-2008, 08:58 PM #3
With "IBM Access Connections" do you detect your network signal? If so, what happens when you try to connect to it?
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01-Sep-2008, 11:58 PM #4
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Thank you both for your prompt replies.
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02-Sep-2008, 11:49 AM #5
What was the solution?
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02-Sep-2008, 02:16 PM #6
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Hi John:

The solution was to realize, when I connected by wire to the net, that the seller had not kept the computer up to date. So, I downloaded a bunch of stuff, including updates for the IBM connection agent. Rebooted and, without any action by me, the laptop connected to the Airport network and all is well-- for now, at least.

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02-Sep-2008, 07:12 PM #7
Glad it all worked out.


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03-Sep-2008, 03:49 PM #8
"Mission" not "Accomplished"
I fear I declared "Mission Accomplished" too soon. I moved my ThinkPad T30 (WinXP) to another part of my office, where it was able initially to link to my Apple Airport network. Then it lost the network. I rebooted the Mac, checked the network (Airport) connection to my Linksys WRT110 router, and connected it to my partner's laptop (PC) without incident. When I tried to do the same with the ThinkPad, I first got the Windows notification that some other program was running my wireless connections. I then open "IBM Access Connections" and it was able to "find" my Airport network by name, but not connect to it. The only reason I can think of is that there is an initial WEP password. But, I got no notification that that was the problem and no opportunity to enter a password.
I have a feeling that maybe I should disable (?) the IBM Access Connections and just try to work with XP. But, I only know enough to be dangerous, so I still need help.
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03-Sep-2008, 07:08 PM #9
Delete your network's profile from the IBM utility. Else disable encryption on the AP and try to connect. Assuming success you can probably re-enable encryption and reconnect.
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ThinkPad T30 won't connect to wireless Mac network
Hi Terry:

I believe I did what you suggested, and I made some progress. The IBM Access Connections now can find my network and lists it by name. But, when I click the radio button and then hit "connect" it doesn't. WEP security has been eliminated at both ends, so I don't know what's wrong. The router and the laptop are 4 feet from one another.

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04-Sep-2008, 07:04 PM #11
Make sure XP's WZC is not running: Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Services - Wireless Zero Configuration should not be 'Started' and its Startup Type should be 'Disabled.'

If still have trouble, shut down the other utility and try WZC.
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04-Sep-2008, 07:11 PM #12
Try re-installing the software on the tp and make sure that you have a stable connection. If you run into no problems, try setting up a wired connection (which you can do with the LinkSys WRT110 router). You could also try downloading this program: http://www.download.com/Wireless-Net...dlPid=10379365

Hope it helps!
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