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Laptop wireless connection problems--3 programs to choose from and pro

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My laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad R60, Intel Centrino Duo, Windows XP with Security 3) started having a wireless connection problem--laptop able to see the modem (Qwest Actiontec PK5000) but unable to acquire an IP address. Program originally being used was Windows wireless connection through through the Network Connections menu. Spent hours searching and trying various things including making sure all updates/patches taken care of. Also went to Lenovo and updated the driver to Intel PROset/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection Wifi software, the Lenovo updated chose this driver update for me.

Problem is now worse and I've spent many more hours trying to fix:
Windows Wireless connections in Network Connections menu says:
'No wireless networks were found in range. Make sure the wireless switch on your computer is on...'
Notes: wireless switch is on. Tried turning other wireless programmes off, and ticking the box to 'use Windows to configure my wireless network settings'. Still not working.

So I moved on to the Intel Proset Wireless Wifi program. It is able to see the modem, but no matter how I configure it, and making sure other programmes are turned off, it won't connect.

Then I moved on to the ThinkVantage Access Connections program, but, again, although it can see the modem, no matter how I configure it, it won't connect.

Have tried the help menus and options for all three programmes and Qwest.

Am out of options.

Is it just that the computer is unable to acquire the IP address still and that is why I can't connect through either of the latter programs . . .?

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