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Getting Deperate to fix my wireless

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.

Danielle

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You didn't write much.

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.
Bob

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Trying to write more...

I did the power off this. I browsed through the wireless tip and tried:
-to download that fix microsoft has out there for vista and sp2: didn;t work
-tried to 'flush" my DNS: get error, this command needs elevation. I assume it mean more admin rights but I am the only user of my laptop
-tried to ping yahoo's IP address 66.94.234.13 - did not work
-tried to ping yahoo.com - this worked
-Here is what I see when i do an IP Config and below it I'll post an ipconfig/all. This doesn't mean anything to me but I hope it means something to you.

Is there more information I can provide to help??? Thank you so much, Danielle

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Danielle>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration


Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::15c5:63b3:c13e:a9ae%9
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d0f4:c1ce:98ce:27ca%8
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.102
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 9:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001Shocked:4137:9e74:cac:314d:3f57:fe99
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::cac:314d:3f57:fe99%10
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 14:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 16:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

C:\Users\Danielle>


Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Danielle>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration


Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::15c5:63b3:c13e:a9ae%9
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d0f4:c1ce:98ce:27ca%8
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.102
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 9:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001Shocked:4137:9e74:cac:314d:3f57:fe99
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::cac:314d:3f57:fe99%10
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 14:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 16:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

C:\Users\Danielle>

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That's not good.

"Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::15c5:63b3:c13e:a9ae%9
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d0f4:c1ce:98ce:27ca%8
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.102
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254"

When I see this it can mean both the wifi and the ethernet are enabled at the same time. Or wifi is on and the ethernet cable is plugged in.

That should not work. I apologize that I don't write a long discussion why but here's my advice. Try to use just one of those connections at a time and don't go off the beaten path. That is, if you assign IP addresses and have trouble then go back to stock, more common settings until you learn more.
Bob

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Tried it differently.

Thank you so much for the info.
I think that was because I had my ethernet plugged in while the wireless was still going when I did that. I just disconnected my ethernet cable from my laptop and plugged into my wireless and performed the same commands with very different results...again it really means nothing to me.
You have so great to help me.
Danielle

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Danielle>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration


Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::15c5:63b3:c13e:a9ae%9
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d0f4:c1ce:98ce:27ca%8
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.102
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 9:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001Shocked:4137:9e74:cac:314d:3f57:fe99
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::cac:314d:3f57:fe99%10
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 14:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 16:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

C:\Users\Danielle>


Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Danielle>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration


Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::15c5:63b3:c13e:a9ae%9
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d0f4:c1ce:98ce:27ca%8
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.102
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 9:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001Shocked:4137:9e74:cac:314d:3f57:fe99
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::cac:314d:3f57:fe99%10
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 14:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 16:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

C:\Users\Danielle>

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Looks the same to me.

If someone assign IP addresses then they need to be asked to undo that or WHY?

All I can see from this is that it should not work. I can't tell yet if this is a stock setup or not. Try this. Run the network wizard AFTER you have the wifi turned off (which is a lot of work in itself so let's try easy.)

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/homenet.mspx
Bob

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