Just a few months ago the office reset our last XP laptop and it will not connect to any WiFi that is protected with more than WEP.
The fix is just as before where we get wired and let Windows update but that advice is now dead as Microsoft seems to only allow XP SP3 machines to update. You'll have to download SP3 and install it off some CD/USB stick before you can update.
After the updates we had to go to the maker's web site for a driver update to the WiFi card and then it worked. HOWEVER some really old laptops never got that driver update for WPA/WPA2.
Maybe there's a lesson here?
I have a Old E machine desktop that had Windows ME in it- I have converted it to Windows XP- it is all up to date- and has NO wireless card in it- and I can connect this to my Comcast router- NO problem!- I get great speed etc- and did not need to do anything but supply my password to get a connection
My problem is HERE-
I have 2 Old IBM thinkpad that is all updated with Windows XP- ONE of then has a wireless router in it- and Ethernet connection. ( call this laptop A) The other just has an Ethernet connection ( laptop B)
I can connect the wifi at coffee shops and hotels- perfectly fine!
I just put in comcast xfinity cable with a password protected internet router- and the think pad SEES the internet connection and when I click on it- it TRIES to connect- According to Comcast i should be getting a pop up box that asks me for a password- after trying to connect I will then I will get an error message that tells me that the "signal is no longer in range", then I will click on refresh- and it will once again show my wi fi signal available!- I have been on the phone with comcast- and have reset the router- changed the password- and the name of the signal- and I am at WITS END- and when I plug in my Ethernet cable no light comes on-
Then on Laptop B I plug in the Ethernet cable and the lights are on- but it will NOT connect to the internet!- tells me no signal available-
I have checked to make sure that the wireless signal is "discover-able" and that the correct boxes for the PC to obtain an IP address and the DNS automatically, I do not know what else to do to get these two laptops working!- PLEASE help!