Question about my laptop not connecting to home network:

Here is my setup:
Laptop: Toshiba Satellite A105-S2716 (5 yrs. old)
Modem: Motorola Surfboard SB6120
Router: Linksys WRT54G (with updated firmware)

My problems started a few months ago. I had to reset my laptop to factory settings because I had no restore points, lost a great deal of stuff, and it was all caused by a few viruses. I took care of those pesky things. Now, my problem is that when I tried to reconnect to home wireless network wirelessly, I was unable to do so. I can connect to the Network, but I get no actual internet connection.

Interestingly enough, when I took my laptop to a hotel, it was able to connect and I was able to get working wi-fi.

I've been looking for a solution for a while now, mainly because I need the laptop for a lot of upcoming things.

Any tips or solutions guys? I can post more information if needed.

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Given the age I'd try some other wifi adapter.

This area is full of bad advice (try newer drivers when drivers do not wear out!) so let's try something a bit more solid.

1. I am making one big assumption that the machine is as new from the factory for the OS and drivers.

2. It worked before and there was no change to the router firmware.

3. It worked before and the router was changed (firmware or settings.) If so, read and complete the work at

4. If item 3 does not help, connect with an ethernet cable. It's cheap and effective.

5. If ethernet is not an option try another wifi thing. I use this one a lot because of the price and it works on Windows 7.

Good luck,

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The laptop's actually a WIndows XP. DO you think you can look at it through teamviewer?

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Why would I do that?

That's for places that charge for support. Here it's all free, in the forum.

Besides I see no responses to the five ideas presented.

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I was in a rush the other day. Sorry about that.

The laptop's a Windows XP SP3, and as for the responses, here goes:
1)Yes and No: I've updated the drivers since the reset.
3)No. the router was never changed at all. It actually supports another laptop, the home PC, and a Wii wirelessly, so I can't be tethered to it all the time.
4)The Ethernet cable setup does work, and that's how I'm getting internet on the laptop.
5)I don't know if I will be able to get that anytime soon.

More info: When I start up my laptop, it searches for and "connects" to my home network, or at least that's what it says. When I take a look at the status, it shows up as "the network has not assigned this device a valid IP address" or something along those lines.

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3 = NO.

Try it anyway. It can save you 10 bucks for the adapter.

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Will it work with Windows XP though? That's my biggest doubt.

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Oops. I was moving too fast.

Maybe that's why it doesn't work. Any chance of using the supplied OS?

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I'm kinda lost as to what you mean by that...

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This machine appears to ship with Vista.

Installing XP is too hard for most and the maker must supply how to get it all to work.

The easy exits are to use the supplied OS or use some USB wifi adapter.

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Could I buy and use a USB wireless adapter instead?

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I don't know.

It's a 10 dollar gamble. I carry such a thing on all calls because of recurring wifi card failures. It's a cheap fix when it works.

Why I can't know is the lack of detail. I can't tell how XP was installed. As I noted it's not easy and the maker must reveal the steps. If you have someone guess their way then usb ports may not be working.

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