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bklyngrrl

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I have a Dell Inspirion 700m, which has been working fine. I have A Westell DSL router that I have been using for almost a year, without any glitches.

However, today I ran into a glitch. For some reason my laptop will not connect to my WEP enabled wireless network. All of a sudden while I was surfing the web I just lost connectivity and have not been able to connect.
Items to note:
1. My laptop's internal NIC card (Intel®PRO/Wireless 2200BG) is finding the networks in range.
2. I have eliminated the DSL router as an issue, because another laptop & a desktop in my house are able to successfully connect.
3. I also have made several failed attempts to connect to unsecured networks in range, networks that I am normally able to connect to.
3. Prior to the issue I had inserted a Memory Expansion card in the laptop's slot (no error message or indiation of a problem displayed)
4. I notice that in my Network Connections it showing 1394 Connection as connected. So I disabled it, thinking it was causing a conflict, to no avail, still no wireless connectivity.
5. I have restarted a number of times hoping that would bring me back to normal. To no avail.

Any help to get me back to normal would be MUCH appreciated.

Thanks!
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Facedown98

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So no other networks work, including your house? That pretty much points to the laptop then... Have you by chance tried a System Restoration? If you haven't it's something to consider. Also, if you aren't sure how to use System Restore, let us know and we will provide you with in-depth instructions :whistling: Also, have you tried updating any drivers for your network card?
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Thanks, I did update to the most recent Driver, however, it still not connecting.

I have a gut feeling that it has something to do with the fact that the 1394 Connection is connected. Does anyone know how to disconnect vs. disable? I have a funny suspicion that may be the culprit since I did insert a Media Card.
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What other option do you see besides 1394?
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Thanks for your replies.
I am back online :whistling:
Turns out that there is an issue with Dell wireless cards and Westell 327 DSL Modem/Routers from Verizon.
Just in case anyone else runs into this issue here is what I did- Turned the router off & back on. When it came back-up & I opened my browser, a Verizon screen came up with the option to reinstall software, so I chose it.

If you go to:
http://support.dell....o...;l=en&s=gen
there are instructions as to how to download the updated Westell software from verizon.

I assume when I reinstalled the software from Verizon, that it included the update, because as soon as I completed the reinstall, my laptop connection came back-up.
Thanks again
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Glad to hear it was fixed. Good luck to you in the future, and we'll see you around :whistling:
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