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wireless connection starts & stops

by jeffsm / December 4, 2011 3:41 AM PST

I'm using a dlink network adapter(6 months old) on my pc, have always
gotten an excellent signal. Main pc in house is hooked up to dir-615
router & works fine. I had some bsod's recently & decided to
reformat xp. An xp repair didn't work. Loaded the driver for the adapter, got an excellent signal,
but couldn't access the net. The signal shows 4 green bars for about 20
seconds, then all white bars for a few seconds, then back to green. It
keeps dropping the signal over & over. The network card shows its
working properly. I did an ipconfig, and it says "media state
disconnected" & shows no addresses. If the dlink adapter is faultly
then i'm assuming it wouldn't work in the first place. I'm thinking its
some setting not right in the pc. The reformat went fine, loaded all the
drivers in the right order. I only have IE for a browser which i need
to access the net with to load firefox & all other programs plus
service pack 3 & other xp updates back on with. When i loaded the
driver for the dlink adapter, i used a different workgroup/name than the
network name originally used to set up the dlink router if that means
anything. I can't figure it out. I've read about resetting the winsock
which i'm going to try, but i would think that wouldn't be it since i
just reformatted the pc. Any help MUCH appreciated.

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Agree with Bob
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 4, 2011 3:54 AM PST

When I got my 2nd newer Desktop I connected that by cable to the router and tried a wireless adapter on the older XP system but it wouldn't connect.

I had to reconnect the router cable to the XP machine, access the router's home page via my browser, and set up the wireless connection from there. It needed that stable connection to be able to set it up.

The other option I had was without the cable direct connection, to sprint to the other room where the router is,press a button, then sprint back to the Desktop to finalise the connection. My sprinting days are over, so I chose the direct connection route.

Mark

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Thinking about it though
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 4, 2011 3:57 AM PST
In reply to: Agree with Bob

Thinking more about it, I still had to have the router directly connected to the XP machine but fortunately there was a mouse "Click here" button in the router setup page to finalise that wireless connection.

Mark

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wireless connection starts & stops
by jeffsm / December 5, 2011 11:07 PM PST

THANX for the reply. I logged on monday, ready to call dlink tech support to see if they could help, and i didn't have to. The wireless signal indicator was showing all green bars & it stayed that way for longer than 20 seconds, so i clicked on IE icon & was able to get on the net. Have no idea why it worked but its still going. I downloaded firefox, loaded all my saved bookmarks, then xp sp3 along with other xp updates & other programs i use to have. Can't figure out why the signal was going on & off, but i'll give it another day or two to keep working before i stop worrying about it just to make sure.

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Could be proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2011 3:47 AM PST

XP in a fresh install will do this on my WPA2 secured network. I have to connect with ethernet and let it install a few hundred updates before it will connect properly.
Bob

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More clues are needed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2011 4:05 AM PST
In reply to: Could be proper.

It could be the old setup has it on WEP and your router is WPA2. The list is far too long to go over from hiding the SSID issues to the router is on Channel 14.

Keep writing.

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wireless connection starts & stops
by jeffsm / December 5, 2011 11:05 PM PST
In reply to: More clues are needed.

THANX for the reply. I logged on monday, ready to call dlink tech
support to see if they could help, and i didn't have to. The wireless
signal indicator was showing all green bars & it stayed that way for
longer than 20 seconds, so i clicked on IE icon & was able to get
on the net. Have no idea why it worked but its still going. I downloaded
firefox, loaded all my saved bookmarks, then xp sp3 along with other xp
updates & other programs i use to have. Can't figure out why the
signal was going on & off, but i'll give it another day or two to
keep working before i stop worrying about it just to make sure.

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