I'll wait for details but let's note 2 things.
1. Most cable modems need to be powered off, move the ethernet cable then powered back up or you won't connect.
2. The top of the forum notes this forum's preferred settings. I no longer duplicate these in replies.
I am pretty much a novice on PCs. I have been using a old wireless B router for sometime with no issues. last week my wireless stopped working. I was connected to the network but "local" only and no internet connection. When I connect my ethernet cable directly to my laptop the internet is fine (hence how i am writing in this forum). Thinking my old "b" technology router was hosed, I purchased a new lynksys wire N router. After running the disk that comes with it, the software say "cannot detect internet connection, although most things point otherwise. I continued set up "without a connection" though the software and name my network, etc....
I still cannot connect to the internet, when I look at my network connection and click to identify the problem with the connection windows returns a netowrk dialog box that states "there might be a problem with your DNS configuration. Windows failed to find the well known host www.microsoft.com using DNS. the server may be down" This means nothing to me. Another laptop that used my wireless network before was unable to connect either.
I have an HP laptop, secure wireless network, vista home
Can someone please point me in the right direction to resolve this? I would be forever grateful.