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Old Vista hp Laptop suddenly doesn't connect to WLAN

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We have two Laptops that connect to our linksys router via internal wireless adapters, one XP and one Vista. Well, after a year or two of no trouble, suddenly the Vista machine won't connect to the internet. I get some seemingly deceptive feedback by way of the network connections prompt which says I'm connected to the Router but not the internet. Hardwiring straight to the modem isn't productive either.

This literally happened overnight while we were sleeping, and remember we've had no problems connecting with it before, no settings were changed on the router's end and my XP laptop has suffered no connectivity issues. The vista laptop is my mum's, and she told me that morning when she tried to wake the lappy up it wouldn't boot and so she just mashed the power button 'till it shut off. After a successful reboot there was no connection.

I've spent the last few days muddling around with several attempts to fix it. I've reset WINSOCK entries and IPv4 and IPv6 TCP/IP stacks to defaults, I've fiddled with network settings and I've run MBAM scans. I can't connect in Safe mode networking either.

Help would be much appreciated. I'm communicating through my XP laptop which, again, runs fine.

Edited by yardy249, 11 March 2010 - 11:26 AM.

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