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23-Mar-2010, 12:15 PM #1
Solved: Validating Identity!
I have an old Dell Dimensions 8400 running Windows XP. I can't connect it to my wireless network and it says validating Identity. I have tried numerous routers with no luck. I have followed lots of advice on this topic from other people having this issue, but nothing seems to work. Any ideas would be great.
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23-Mar-2010, 12:51 PM #2
cap2587,

1) Make sure the wireless adapter on the Dell is properly installed.
2) Make sure that the encryption is the same on the router and your card settings.
3) Make sure that the encryption key is the same.

Try those, then let me know if you're still having an issue.

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23-Mar-2010, 07:06 PM #3
First off, are you running SP3 on that XP machine? Have you updated the wireless drivers to the latest available? What is the make/model of the wireless adapter? It's possible the encryption you are running is not supported by the adapter.
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23-Mar-2010, 11:14 PM #4
The PC is running Service Pack 2. The wireless USB adapter is a D Link Range Booster. I am pretty sure I have the latest Drivers for this wireless adapter as I go them from the site. For some reason it is always trying to connect me using a WEP key and I have encrypted my router with WPA. I think the D Link Adapter supports WPA. I might set my D Link N Router to WEP or no encryption just to check if that works. Any other ideas would be great.
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24-Mar-2010, 12:21 AM #5
If this is your adapter, the specifications say WPA but not WPA2.
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24-Mar-2010, 07:19 AM #6
I think I found the problem! I went ahead and used no encryption for my router and then the D Link USB adapter was able to connect. I am yet to try WEP Encryption with my router to see if that works. I think there must be an issue with the router's encryption (WPA) and the USB adapter being able to connect to this encryption. Is that what it is?
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