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Laptop not recognizing wireless network

by jg187 / February 19, 2009 5:29 AM PST

i hope someone can help me. i am unable to connect to my wireless network with my hp pavilion dv8210us. it had been working fine then all of a sudden....i cannot connect, laptop doesn't even recognize the network. whats strange is that my other laptop can connect with no problem. i'm at a loss.

my laptop runs windows xp home with service pack 3.

any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.


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by jg187 / February 19, 2009 5:44 AM PST

i forgot to mention that i am able to recognize and connect to my neighbors unsecured wireless network. so what gives......

i'm so frustrated!!!


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That model
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 19, 2009 5:44 AM PST

Has a wifi on/off button. Try it.

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by jg187 / February 19, 2009 5:47 AM PST
In reply to: That model

are you serious?? lol

i've tried that.

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Very serious.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 19, 2009 6:05 AM PST
In reply to: ok

If you read these forums that question cures far too many.

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by Phil Crase / February 19, 2009 11:33 PM PST
In reply to: ok

Look in connection(s)list, since you can hook to your neighbor's unit, you should be able to hit yours as well. Is your hook up shown? Assuming that you named it, you should be able to click CONNECT, then click connect automatically, unsless you have already tried that but it seems odd,IF your named connection is not shown.

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not on list
by jg187 / February 20, 2009 11:13 PM PST
In reply to: Wireless

my network (which i did name) does not come up on my connection list...on my other laptop it does show up on the list...this is so frustrating! lol

any other suggestions?


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Is the router setup per our forum sticky?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2009 5:52 AM PST
In reply to: not on list

If not, what's different?

For instance some laptops will not show a router if you hide the SSID. Hiding the SSID is not a security issue (read our forum sticky.)

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SSID not hidden
by jg187 / February 21, 2009 10:19 AM PST

SSID is not that eliminates that....if it was hidden no other laptop would be able to bring it up on its connection list, correct?

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Sorry I wish it was that simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2009 10:26 AM PST
In reply to: SSID not hidden

Can you share how your setup differs from our forum sticky?

Also, if you have a Vista machine in range of this router it can create what we call the Vista Beam of Death issue. We note in our forum sticky a change to help with that.

Lastly, there are some that install firewalls or a "wifi guard" software. I can't guess here. You have to reveal some details.

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Vista Beam of Death?
by jg187 / February 22, 2009 10:39 PM PST

thanks for the info.....there was a vista laptop in the vicinity for about a week (my father was visiting) he and his vista laptop are now gone. still having the same issue.

can you provide me the link for the sticky you are referring to?

thanks again.

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It's the top posts in this forum.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 22, 2009 11:10 PM PST
In reply to: Vista Beam of Death?

Click on Cnet forums: then "Networking & wireless" link and it's the top 2 posts.

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don't see anything...
by jg187 / February 23, 2009 12:08 AM PST

don't see anything in the sticky about the "vista beam of death"?

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You could.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2009 12:58 AM PST
In reply to: don't see anything...

Supply an answer to my question.
Research that other issue on google.

This is not tech support. You must get out and apply yourself.

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by jg187 / February 23, 2009 1:20 AM PST
In reply to: You could.

but please bear with me since i am a novice at all this.

my set up is as follows:

scientific atlanta webstar cable modem > apple airport express wireless router

i use WEP for security. i use windows' firewall.

i don't know what else you'd want to know?


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WEP is not what we ask for in the Forum Sticky.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2009 1:52 AM PST

It's busted PLUS there are simple kiddie tools to hijack and interfere with such 'security.'

Try it per our forum sticky.

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