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Laptop won't connect to unsecured wireless networks

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Ilorad, Dec 31, 2010.

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  1. Ilorad

    Ilorad Thread Starter

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    The title pretty much sums it up. I'm running windows 7 on a brand new samsung q430 laptop with an atheros AR9285 network adaptor.
    I'm currently in a work camp with 3 public networks in range, none of which my laptop will connect to. The signals are strong, but upon attempting to connect, the "windows was unable connect to [network name] message appears almost instantly. A coworker with a Dell laptop running windows 7 has no trouble connecting, and I'm currently typing this message on my first gen iPod touch, which also connects without any drama.

    Any help with this situation would be GREATLY appreciated. y
     
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    Make sure you have the latest wireless driver from Samsung's web site.

    Make sure you do not have a non-Windows firewall or security suite blocking networking (many new PCs include one pre-installed).
     
  3. Ilorad

    Ilorad Thread Starter

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    The laptop came with Mcafee installed, but in the process of trying to solve the problem, I disabled it completely. This didn't help. As far as drivers go, I won't be able to update them until I can connect here, or three months from now when I return home.
     
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    Often doesn't. Uninstall it and run the Removal Tool.

    Maybe somebody with internet access will download them for you. If so, copy it with USB flash drive or CD-RW, etc.
     
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