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connecting xp laptop to Vista PC

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  1. irvi0047

    irvi0047 Thread Starter

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    Recently, my computer (running XP) died, and I've got a new machine that is running Vista home premium. Previously I had a network at home that connected my partner's laptop for internet access.

    I have connected my computer to the router and have no troubles with internet access, but I can't get my parter's laptop to obtain internet access.

    I have gone to "network and sharing center" in the control panel and in the "view computers and devices" selected "add a wireless device".

    Windows searches for my partner's machine (yes the wireless card is switched on), and it doesn't find it. I choose"I want to add a wireless device, or computer that is not on this list using a usb flash drive". I install the run program on my usb, eject it properly and insert the usb into the laptop.

    This runs the program on the laptop. A popup window pops up and says that the computer has been successfully added to the network, but when we go to connect, a connecting window opens, then closes after 30 seconds and it says that the computer is not connected to the network.

    I have checked the WEP key, tried adding the laptop to the network again and I just can't get it to connect. The windows "add device manually" advice is hopeless.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    -Dylan
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    How exactly is your partner's laptop connected? Since you have a router, why is your computer in the picture for that connection, why not link both directly to the router?


    Please supply the following info, exact make and models of the equipment please.

    Name of your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
    Make and exact model of the broadband modem.
    Make and exact model and hardware version of the router (if a separate unit).
    Model numbers can usually be obtained from the label on the device.
    Connection type, wired or wireless.
    If wireless, encryption used, (none, WEP, WPA, or WPA2)
    Version and patch level of Windows on all affected machines, i.e. XP (Home or Pro), SP1-SP2-SP3, Vista (Home, Business, Ultimate), etc.
    The Internet Browser in use, IE, Firefox, Opera, etc.




    Please give an exact description of your problem symptoms, including the exact text of any error messages.



    • If you're using a wireless connection, have you tried a direct connection with a cable to see if that changes the symptoms?
    • For wireless issues, have you disabled all encryption on the router to see if you can connect that way?
    • Have you connected directly to the broadband modem to see if this is a router or modem/ISP issue?
    • If there are other computers on the same network, are they experiencing the same issue, or do they function normally?




    On any affected computer, I'd also like to see this:

    Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD (COMMAND for W98/WME) to open a command prompt:

    Type the following commands:

    PING 206.190.60.37

    PING yahoo.com

    NBTSTAT -n

    IPCONFIG /ALL

    Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
    Paste the results in a message here.

    If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
     
  3. irvi0047

    irvi0047 Thread Starter

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    Hi JohnWill

    I think it was black magic, but I got it to work.

    I connected the Ethernet cable to the laptop, which showed that the router was working correctly. So plugged the Ethernet cable back into my PC and tried changing the WEP key, which I had already done twice before, and like magic it connected.

    Thanks for the offer to help (and teaching me some tricks to try in the command prompt)

    All the best

    -Dylan
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    It was scared we'd come looking for it. That usually gets them working. :D


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