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Monster Computer Built, Setup, Now struggling to get online....


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H.T Baldwin

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Hello,

I had this computer built and received it yesterday from the architect. Listed are relevant parts:

- ABIT Motherboard AN8 32X nVIDIA nFORCE4 SLI X16 CHIPSET SERIAL ATA300 ATX FORM FACTOR 2xPCI-E(X16)/2xPCI-E(X1)/2xPCI/4xDDR W/SATA RAID,LAN(Gb),1394,USB 2.0 & AUDIO.

- AMD ATHLON 64 X2 4400+ (ADA4400CDBOX) DUAL CORE W/1MB X 2 CACHE 90NM (TOLEDO) 64-BIT SOCKET 939 RETAIL BOXED W/COOLING FAN (3 YEARS WARRANTY).

- CORSAIR TWINX2048-3200 2GB KIT (1GB x 2) MATCHED PAIR 400MHZ 3-3-3-8 184-PIN DDR DIMM W/HEAT SPREADER

- SEAGATE 500GB ST3500641AS SATA300 7200RPM 8MB hard drive.

- ATI RADEON X800GT 256MB PCI EXPRESS DDR3 DUAL DVI HDTV #X800GT256MB R480 Core Technology OEM video card.

***Wireless Network Card added too, but not listed here.


Here is the setup, and problem:

I have a Mac Mini:
PowerPC G4 (1.2), 1.42 GHz, 512 KB L2 Cache, and 256 MB memory, BS - 167 MHz.
***There is no Bluetooth wireless on this Mac Mini, only USB and ethernet.


I am using a Motorola SURFboard Cable Modem with ComCast HSDSL.

I have a DI-524 D-Link Wireless Router, H/W Vers. A-1.

I have the new custom built PC that I am desperately trying to get connected.

Currently the Mac Mini is cruising the internet via ethernet, with the router not currently being used.

So......

I have tried a series of combinations today:

1) When I use the Mac Mini as the hub, the PC picks up a strong wireless signal, and says "connected to default server" but I am unable to go online using the PC. Of note, the Mac Mini will not connect to the internet in this setting. Zero Internet

2) When I use the Mac Mini as the hub, I mentioned that there is no internet connection although every light is green. When I plug an ethernet cord from the PC into the router slot 2, I am still unable to get internet on either computer. Zero Internet

3) When I use the PC as the hub, there is no connection to the PC and when I plug an ethernet cord into the router from the Mac, I cannot get online. Zero Internet

4) When I plug in the PC directly to the Cable modem, no connection. Zero Internet


**The only way I can currently get online is to use my Mac Mini, plugged, via ethernet, into the cable modem.

I suspect there may be an easy fix to this, so I am calling on you gurus to lend a helping hand. I should note
that the idea of hooking the router up correctly is of the upmost importance, as my roommate moves in soon
and has a wireless Powerbook. He is anxious to get online as well.

Much obliged,
H.T Baldwin
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H.T Baldwin

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Been browsing the previous topics, and see a few situations that would be considered similar, but
no mac + pc + dlink connections. Regarding the situation I posed, can someone walk me
through the Ipconfig, advise me on firewalls, connections, etc. - I understand very little of what
I have been reading in the Networking section unless individualized.

Regards.
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Hi,

Just a quick question, why are you using the Mac Mini and/or PC as the hub? If you have a router, why aren't you just connecting both the PC and the Mac Mini directly into the router?

Have you setup your router/Network yet? To do this, you'll need to plug one computer directly into the router (preferably the PC, if it is running Windows), and then you can just run the Windows Wireless Network Setup Wizard. Have you done any of these steps?

Run the Wireless Network Setup Wizard:
  • The easiest way to open the Wireless Network Setup Wizard is through the Start Menu: go to Programs, Accessories, then Communications, and you'll find it there.
  • The first thing to do when the wizard appears is read the welcome message, and click Next.
  • Now, type a name for your network -- anything will do, as long as it's relatively unique to you. You're allowed up to 32 letters to express yourself, but remember that your neighbours might get to see this name at some point! (Note: if you already have an SSID and Encryption Key, then you must enter these, rather than creating new ones.)
  • Unless you already have a network key that you absolutely must use, select the Automatically Assign a Network Key radio button.
    (Note: You should write down -- on a piece of paper -- both your SSID and your Network Key!)
  • If you bought equipment with WPA (stronger encryption), tick that box. Click Next again.
  • Unless you have a USB flash drive (it's unlikely), choose the option for manual setup. Don't worry -- it's just a matter of printing out some settings and entering them into your other computers. If you don't use encryption, you can usually skip this step.
  • Now, right-click on the wireless icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen -- it looks like a small computer with two lines on the right of it.
  • On the menu that appears, click 'View Available Wireless Networks'.
  • Now, you should see a list of the wireless networks your computer is in range of. Look for the name of your own network. This will be the name you typed in the setup wizard earlier or, if you use a router, it will probably be the name of your wireless equipment's manufacturer.
    (Note that this is the screen to come to if you ever want to connect to a wireless network other than your usual one -- just double click the one you want, wait a while, and it should work.)
  • To make sure Windows knows which network is yours, you need to click 'Change the order of preferred networks' on the left of the available networks screen.
  • You should click the 'Add' button to add the name of your network to this list, and use 'Remove' to take away any that aren't yours.
  • When you've highlighted your network, click Properties, and then go to the Connection section.
  • Make sure 'Connect when this network is in range' is ticked. If all else fails, you might have to take your printout from the Wireless Network Setup Wizard and enter that information on each computer.
I'm sorry, but I'm just a little confused as to where we're at.

Thanks,
Dan.
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