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Wireslles Network & Powering Off Issues

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Hi & thanks in advance for any suggestions,

My problems are cascading in nature - starting with (1) cannot recognize the wireless network that I usually use (2) won't power down properly and therefore (3) cannot use system restore to go to a time the wireless network worked.

I am on another computer because my laptop (Dell Latitude D505 using XP) won't recognize any wireless connection - or the LAN connection in the hotel room on Thursday & Friday. The wireless worked at home Thursday morning and at the hotel initially. The signal in the room was weak so I plugged in the cat-5 connector to the internet and then neither worked. I went to view the network connections and it notes that everything is good - but obviously things are not because it won't connect or even recognize the wireless or LAN connections.

I am home now and the computer did not recognize my wireless network that I am working on now with my family computer (proof it is up & running). I did refresh available wireless networks and it still notes that now wireless network is in range. Nobody likes a liar so I am going to have a talking to this laptop once things get fixed.

So I remember this got fixed once a long time ago by doing system restore and going to a time that everything worked - a happy place. I did this but now have the issue of the computer will absolutely not shut down by using the "Shut Down" command. It goes to a blue screen and won't react to anything - not even CTRL+ALT+DELETE. Just sits there in its little blue world ignoring me. I need to hold down the power button for a while to turn it off. The bigger problem is then that the System Restore date chosen will not take effect because the computer wouldn't shut down properly so I can not do any time traveling and fix my internet connection issue.

Any thoughts? Thanks again.
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