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"acquiring network address"

by dodge1983 / April 2, 2006 3:38 AM PDT

I have been using wireless connectivity for quite some time now. I have a Linksys router, and a linksys instant wireless PC Card that plugs into my laptop, which runs XP. Yesterday, it started the wireless connection as usual, but is stuck at "acquiring network address". I have repaired, rebooted, and everything else I could think of, but it is still stuck at this point. The other computers in the household are accessing fine, and the laptop works fine when "plugged in". It will simply not find the IP address when attempting to connect wirelessly. Any ideas on what is going wrong?

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(NT) (NT) bad card?
by Gakada / April 2, 2006 4:30 AM PDT
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some things to try
by linkit / April 2, 2006 1:49 PM PDT

Yep, you could have a bad card.
What is the model name of the Linksys wireless card?
What is the model name of the Linksys router?

TRY:
- downloading and installing the latest firmware for the router.
- downloading and installing the latest firmware (if any) for the wireless card.
- downloading and installing the latest driver for the wireless card.

--> Linksys Downloads <--

Afer installing all of the above, try connecting with:
- no encryption (no WEP, WPA)
- no MAC filtering
- DHCP server enabled
- SSID braodcast ON
- Remove router's connection to broadband modem and turn off computer firewall temporarily for testing purposes.

Results?

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also...
by linkit / April 2, 2006 1:55 PM PDT
In reply to: some things to try

...run Windows Update to get XP up-to-date.

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goto linksys website to download software
by rbrown43 / April 4, 2006 2:53 AM PDT

I encountered similar problem as you did. I believe that when there is connection issue(e.g., server is down or static IP is lost for some reason), it will screw up your router settings. Linksys web site provides a simple software that will help you setup your router automatically after you reset the router, and it will let you know when there is a problem.

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