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IP Config Relase, lost wireless connection

I have another post before this on this subject, so far, it's got me nowhere. I'll make this a shorter, more direct question:

Scenario: Lost my wireless internet connectivity on new laptop running downgraded from Vista to Windows XP Home SP3. Had it a week ago, worked great. Local line works fine, I plug in Comcast cable and have internet. Wireless "sees" my network, even says it is conected when I log in, but still get a message saying it is disconnected.

I noticed that when trying to connect to network, that a message would pop up in networking window telling me I had no IP address. I'm a novice here, but shouldn't I have one?

I did a Ipconfig/release and Ipconfig renew, and it tells me no operation can be performed on Wireless Network Connection while it has its media disconnected. What could this mean??

I have tried switching wireless on/off, enable and disable.


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"I plug in Comcast cable and have internet. Wireless "sees"

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"I plug in Comcast cable and have internet. Wireless "sees" my network, even says it is conected when I log in, but still get a message saying it is disconnected."

Let me be very blunt here. You can't be plugged in and have WIFI work. I'm going to decline writing why this is so.

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Thank you

In reply to: "I plug in Comcast cable and have internet. Wireless "sees"

For declining to write more. Actually, you can decline a little more so. Pomposity is boring, and wastes my time. If you can't be a little less pretentious in your replies, then find some other newb to pick on.

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Here's hoping...

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You understand why things work this way. I had hoped by pointing out that its not supposed to work would be sufficient.

What happened to the days when you would take a class or research a little on your own? Or more to my defense, do you expect unpaid contributors to write how this works everytime someone does what you did?

Hopefully you saw the error that you created and moved forward from there.

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With all due respect...

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Maybe I didn't make myself clear. I did not intend to plug my cable in and expect my wireless to work at the same time. I did this to make sure I could get any cable at all.

As for research, I've been doing it for a week. I am running in circles. I came here for help. I am a design geek, not a techie geek, and wireless is a brand new animal to me. So please try to be patient. I assume that if you are a moderator you have earned it not only because of your expertise but your graceful way of imparting it, no?

Please try to understand that many people don't have the same understanding of these things as you do. If you cannot offer guidance to mere mortals such as I without feeling personally offended by my clumsy attempts, or by insulting me by telling me I don't research my problem, then maybe Cnet should find another moderator.

I too have been an unpaid contributor in my fields of expertise...and I don't talk down to people who ask me things they know little about.

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Read your post again.

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And it's clear to me you had the cable in and trying to get wifi to work.

-> Since this is just a matter of being unclear it would have been nice that you had corrected me that you didn't do that and we could move on. But here we are with you wasting a few turns.

OK, now that we know you tried it without the ethernet cable we can move forward to other usuals.

1. Look up NETSH RESET on google but add the word XP or Vista as need be. Use Microsoft's procedure to reset the winsock.
2. Tell me about the installed OS. Who installed it.

Remember I want to help you fix this but we do need to be clear about goals. If you want to wrestle with me, then tell me now.

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And yes.

In reply to: Read your post again.

I do see someone installed the XP OS. FULL DETAILS PLEASE. It takes about 10 drivers to get XP working so tell me all the details so I can see which you missed.

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Seems to be a settings problem.

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Be sure to configure the wireless connection with the right encryptiontype (like WPA-PSK) and password. Not having that is a typical cause of connection failures and not having gotting an IP-address from the router.
See our forum sticky for details on setting up a wireless network.

If this only happened after you downgraded from Vista to XP (not clear from your post) it's a driver problem. You need to install the right XP driver then.


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Thanks Kees

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I did try that but just in case I will check again. You never know. And I will check out the forum again. After I downgraded from Vista I still had wireless, thanks to the guy who did the downgrading. But I lost it somewhere along the line and I'm trying to pinpoint exactly where.

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