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pdougan

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XP has stopped connecting to my wireless connecter "Wireless Network Connection Not Connected" Device manager says everything is normal, and I can identify other local wireless networks. XP recognizes that the connector is there, but it won't hook up.

I have disabled and reenabled the wireless connector and reloaded all of the Broadcom software. I tried to do an XP repair, but I am using SP3. The slipstream recovery disc that I made is asking for a password to get into XP, but there isn't any. I've verified this with three different password cracking programs. Everything else is working; I am on an Ethernet connection now.

Anybody have any ideas how to force XP to connect or know what drivers I need to reload that are used to connect to the wireless connector besides the Broadcom's that I have already reloaded? I really don't want to do a complete XP reinstall.
Thanks
 

etaf

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can you post whats in device manager
also do a ipconfig /all

do you have a firewall - try switching that off

is the wireless set up with a key - secruity enabled - if so take it off

start>
control panel>
system>
hardware tab>
device manager button>

network adapters
click on the + sign

post backs whats there

also any ! X or ?
ipconfig /all

TWO Methods to do that - some people have problems with ONE----

ONE ---------------------------------
start
run
cmd
ipconfig /all

rightclick in the box
select all
enter
control key + C key - to copy
then reply here and
control key + V to paste

TWO -----------------------------------------------

Start, Run, CMD to open a DOS window and type:

IPCONFIG /ALL >C:\RESULT.TXT

Open C:\RESULT.TXT with Notepad and copy/paste the entire results here.
 

pdougan

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Sorry about the delay. I punched one too many buttons and ended up with BSOD and had to use the Acronis backup program to get back on line. It didn't fix the connection problem.

Network adaptor:
1394 Net Adapter
Broadcom 802.11 b/g WLAN
Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
All three report "This device is working properly."

Result.txt
Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : laptop
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : home

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : home
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-C0-9F-4A-8B-34
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.3
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, October 06, 2008 2:54:55 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, October 07, 2008 2:54:55 PM

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-90-4B-5D-48-10
 

etaf

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you have ICS set up -
internet connection sharing

do you have another PC connected to this machine

otherwise take that off
right click on the netwrok connection
properties
advanced tab
untick ICS
 

etaf

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you may have a firewall blocking

try the following

start
run
cmd

Ping 192.168.1.1

post results

Ping google.com

post results

ping 74.14.207.99

post results
 

pdougan

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Now you've got my curiosity antenna up. How would pinging anything explain why something internal to my computer would not connect?? Anyway, here are the results:

Pinging 192.168.1.1 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=64
Ping statistics for 192.168.1.1:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

Pinging google.com [64.233.187.99] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=58ms TTL=252
Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=57ms TTL=252
Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=56ms TTL=252
Reply from 64.233.187.99: bytes=32 time=58ms TTL=252
Ping statistics for 64.233.187.99:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 56ms, Maximum = 58ms, Average = 57ms

Pinging 74.14.207.99 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 74.14.207.99: bytes=32 time=84ms TTL=252
Reply from 74.14.207.99: bytes=32 time=83ms TTL=252
Reply from 74.14.207.99: bytes=32 time=85ms TTL=252
Reply from 74.14.207.99: bytes=32 time=85ms TTL=252
Ping statistics for 74.14.207.99:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 83ms, Maximum = 85ms, Average = 84ms
 

etaf

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see if it really is disconnected or just a message, and a DNS issue etc

so those results show that everything is connected and you can use DNS, see external to router

Now when it says its disconnected try again - also post an ipconfig /all
 

pdougan

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it still shows that it is disconnected and the ipconfig confirms:

Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : laptop
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : home
Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection 3:
Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-90-4B-5D-48-10
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : home
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-C0-9F-4A-8B-34
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.3
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, October 07, 2008 9:15:18 AM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, October 08, 2008 9:15:17 AM
 

etaf

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you still have ICS enabled
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
Do you have wireless secruity enabled - if so did, you remove it
also it may be worth changing channels - use 1,6 or 11
 
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I had this same problem, and called Dell support. Actually got support in English. Wound up deleting wireless adapter and downloading and installing latest driver for the adapter then rebooting. That worked. I had tried uninstall and reinstall without installing a new driver with no success, but new driver seemed to do the job.
 

pdougan

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I never found out exactly what was causing the problem. Finally, out of frustration, I did a XP Recovery Console repair, reassigned my router, reinstalled new Broadcom drivers. Something worked. Not very scientific, but I didn't have anymore time to waste. I had to get back operational.
 
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