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Having network problems with 1 computer


I have 3 pcs sharing a wireless connection.
Pc 1 is running Windows XP Pro and is connected to the router.
Pc 2 is running Windows 98 and uses a wireless adapter.
Pc 3 is running Windows XP home and uses a wireless adapter. This is the Pc that I am having the problems connecting and staying connected to the internet. This pc is a Sony Vaio Pcvrz32g. I cannot stay connected to the internet with this pc. I must restart my Vaio and then reset the modem and router a couple of times a day just to get back on. It blinks out for no reason. If pc2 access the internet the the Vaio will not be able to stay online. All the pages just time out. The adapter always says the strength is good but you can't connect to any pages. I tried to set the Wep encryption last night and all the pcs could access the internet except the Vaio.

What is wrong with this one pc?
I wanted to buy a new router because mine is so old and doesn't have the speed or security of the newer models but there is no point until I can figure out what is happening with this one pc.

Thank You for any help you can give.

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You will need to do a little.....

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troubleshooting to solve this one. I might start by disabling the wireless adapter on the problem PC and then connect to the router via ethernet. If the connection is maintained, this may point to a faulty adapter or an adapter in need of a firmware upgrade.

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regarding trouble shooting.

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I have dsl my modem is connected to my router and then my router to my pc.I had trouble with my dsl modem at first, so a tech from sbc came and while he setup my pc with the modem he graciously set up my router as well but of course after he left I learned of the problems with the Vaio.

The funny thing with this connection is I didn't get pc# 2 until a few years after the network setup but it has never had a connection problem. It is only my Vaio. I know a lot of people seem to have problems with these type of pcs.

I am up for any suggestions. I also want to know if I purchase another router do you think this problem might go away?

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Sounds as if you have yet.....

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to start any troubleshooting. What have you done up to this point since you have not tried my suggestion?

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when the techie did mine

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He re-ran the cd on the desktop first and then did my notebook (lappie) and I noticed he had two ethernet cables in which was where I was going wrong. He had the desktop ethernet in the router (netgear router) and then the lappie ethernet in from the lappie to the netgear .

I hope I am making sense so can I try and explain again. The two ethernet cables were both connected to the router with one end in the desktop and one end in the laptop (notebook)

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