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XP can't connect to wireless network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by maxpwnage, Aug 5, 2008.

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  1. maxpwnage

    maxpwnage Thread Starter

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    my desktop is running Vista Home Premium and is connected to a Linksys WRT54GS router. My other vista home premium laptop can connect to my network no problem and very quickly, as it has a built in wireless card. But my old XP SP2 desktop cannot connect to my wireless network. It gets stuck at the "Acquiring Network Address" step and won't pass it. I have a Dynex™ 802.11g Enhanced-G Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter. I have disabled the windows firewall and it still won't connect. I also tried connecting to my neighbors network which is unsecured with no password (just to test if it was my adapter) and it worked flawlessly. So what is wrong with my router that won't let my XP SP2 machine connect? Thanks for any help in advance
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Well, you might start by disabling all the wireless security on your router to see if you can connect that way. Top suspects here are either mismatched encryption keys, MAC filtering blocking you, or outdated drivers and/or hardware that doesn't support the encryption settings used on the router.
     
  3. maxpwnage

    maxpwnage Thread Starter

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    i know that it isn't outdated drivers or hardware, and i know its not the encryption keys. i actually just got it to connect but it randomly disconnects after 20 minutes by itself and the only way to fix it is to disconnect the USB adapter and reconnect it and then reconnect to the network.
     
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    Before somebody starts suggesting things that could be causing your disconnects how about giving us a list of the common causes that you know is not the problem. :rolleyes:
     
  5. maxpwnage

    maxpwnage Thread Starter

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    Because i just updated my drivers last week
     
  6. TerryNet

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    Try to determine if the connection is lost because the USB adapter loses power.

    You are probably using Windows XP's WZC or a Dynex utility to manage the connection. Make sure the other one is not running. For WZC--Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Services - look for Wire Zero Configuration.
     
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