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How to set up wireless internet on a laptop

by briadea / September 15, 2006 12:30 AM PDT

Thank you, Bob, for your suggestion which I am now following.

I have found this forum to be so extremely helpful to a novice like me, that I am asking for help again.

My Dell Inspiron 800 (Intel inside)connects wirelessly to the Internet through a router and a DSL modem. Getting fed-up with Basic Vista, which was more trouble than it was worth, I formatted the hard disk, and installed Windows XP Professional, from the CD-Rom. I now have a nice clean disk, but I haven't a clue how to get back my Internet connection. I have tried Network set-up in the control panel to set up my Interent connection,but it doesn't work.

I have Dell's Diagnostic and Utiliies discs but not sure what to do with them.

Can any genius out there help me as you have done so well in the past?

Thank you.

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Dell writes...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2006 12:52 AM PDT
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/document?docid=3780F8D9939A48EE87C1841FC7F5BB2F&c=us&l=en&s=gen#2

"2. Install the Drivers, Utilities, and Applications CD

1. Insert the Drivers, Utilities, and Applications CD in the CD drive.
The ResourceCD Installation window appears.
2. Click the OK button.
The Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard window appears.
3. Click the Next button.
The InstallShield Wizard Complete window appears.
4. Click the Finish button."

This varies very little from Dell to Dell but it's very
proper that nothing works when we install Microsoft's
operating system. Microsoft didn't put the drivers on
that CD.

Bob
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Wireless Internet
by briadea / September 17, 2006 11:24 PM PDT
In reply to: Dell writes...

Thank you again, Bob. All drivers were installed and my laptop is now breezing along with terrific access to the Internet.

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That's good to read. May I ask?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2006 12:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Wireless Internet

What protection your machine has?

Here I use the simple and free methods such as...

1. Zone Alarm.
2. Free AVG.
3. Firefox.
4. Preview is disabled in email.

I then scan when I have time with EWIDO and HOUSECALL.

Outside of the usual cookies I don't find anything now that I've changed browsers.

Bob

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wireless protection
by briadea / September 18, 2006 1:57 AM PDT

The laptop uses Windows Live Onecare and Defender for protection. It seems to do a pretty good job. I will keep the other programs that you have in your system in mind.

Why do you disable mail preview?

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Why do you disable mail preview?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2006 2:19 AM PDT
In reply to: wireless protection

Mail preview is essentially an Internet Explorer (IE) view. So that leaves us open to any IE exploit without opening the email. Said email can also report back home that you viewed said email. So I disable it.

Deeper examples with code about the report home are available for those that doubt this.

That report home item alone is enough for most since once they know it's a valid email the spammers send more there.

And that's just one exploit of email preview.

I have an issue with "Windows Live Onecare and Defender". It's called Alexa spyware. Microsoft has invested in Alexa and a big discussion is going on if this is spyware or not. All the other antispyware companies call it spyware, but Microsoft doesn't. This item alone has me looking at better scanners such as Ewido.

Bob

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