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New(Old) Computer - Wireless assistance needed (XP)

Discussion in 'Networking' started by VictorZiegler, Jul 29, 2012.

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  1. VictorZiegler

    VictorZiegler Thread Starter

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    Hey guys,

    My mom's co-worker recently gave her a computer, which she in turn gave to me. It's a dell and it looks like this:
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    We have Comcast Cable. Her laptop is connected to the Wifi.
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    ^Router from Comcast^
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    ^Wireless Linksys Router^

    The computer also came with a d-link, but I don't know what it's used for, or if it's helpful.
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    I want to be able to connect this new computer to wifi, so I can have it in my room. I took some pictures of a few other things that I thought might be helpful to you guys.

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    Thank you for your time and I'm looking forward to your help [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. janikPilot

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    1. How to take a screen shot for us: http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Posting_a_Screenshot
    2. What adapter are you using to connect to the wifi? The computer alone doesn't have wireless connectivity hardware.

    3. SIDE NOTE: You need to download the drivers for the devices under "Other Devices" in Device Manager. (the ones with the yellow question marks)
     
  3. etaf

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    i have removed the windows product key from your post
     
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  5. rhianlopez

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    just have your wifi afapter installed, the updated version to work with present router. You can download it from the manufacturer's website or if you have the driver CD, then just insert it. After which you can set up your wifi network. just check this guide on how to do it http://www.techyv.com/questions/how-set-wireless-connection
    the wifi should be able to detect available wifi networks, otherwise it's not working
     
  6. dlsayremn

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    Hi, Victor. Welcome to Tech Guy.

    The D-Link DWL-810+ is a wireless to ethernet adaptor (wireless bridge). Uses only 802-11b and WEP encryption, so is limited.

    Quick Connect Guide is here.
    ftp://ftp.dlink.co.uk/wireless/dwl-810+/dwl-810+_qig_103.pdf

    Instruction Manual here.
    http://dlink.com/us/en/home-solutio...ucts/DWL/DWL-810/manual/DWL810_Manual_US.ashx



    The Octiplex 320 Minitower has 4 USB ports (2 front, 2 back) and 2 PCI slots that will handle full size cards.. So should work with either a USB or PCI Wireless adapter.
    Specs: http://www.northwoodcomputer.com/Flyers/opti_320techspecs.pdf

    To be honest. getting a newer USB or PCI Card wireless adapter would probably be best.
    I have an old Gateway (2000 with 98SE upgraded to XP Home) that uses a PCI card and a Dell Optiplex 720 Slimline (short PCI cards only) that I use with a USB adapter. Both work great for being so old.
     
  7. VictorZiegler

    VictorZiegler Thread Starter

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    Thanks to everyone that helped! I think I'm going to buy a wireless usb adapter later tonight like, dlsayremm suggested. Hopefully this will fix the problem. (y)
     
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