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Can't figure out wireless networking.


Best Answer averysadman , 14 January 2017 - 02:26 PM

Please reset wireless router settings to factory default. Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.Checkmark the following checkboxes: Flush DNS Report IE Proxy Settings... Go to the full post »


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So I just bought a used laptop for word processing, an IBM Thinkpad X32, great little machine with a nice keyboard.

 

It came with Debian installed but I got Windows XP Pro running on it (the OS it was designed for).

 

Problem is, I can't get my head around the networking. I managed to get the correct driver installed and the Intel PRO/Wireless software it uses, but it just won't connect to my networks.

I know the wifi card is functional because it worked under Debian, but XP isn't cooperating, the problems I'm having are as follows:

 

-Intel PROset detects the wireless network but never actually lets me to connect to it, it sends me through pages and pages of security prompts to create profiles for the network with HEX passwords and pass phrases and encryption keys, but never gets to a stage where it will let me input my wifi password so it can connect.

 

-A window pops up prompting me to connect to the wireless network and make profiles every few seconds, but again it never reaches a stage where I can actually connect and never lets me input my wifi password.

 

-If I disable the PROset software and try to use the Windows wireless management software, it doesn't detect any networks. 

 

I'm accustomed to devices simply asking for a wifi password then connecting to the network, so I don't know how to resolve the problem. 

 

 


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Please follow the instructions at below link to manually connect to your wireless router.

 

http://www.wikihow.c...k-in-Windows-XP


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Please follow the instructions at below link to manually connect to your wireless router.

 

http://www.wikihow.c...k-in-Windows-XP

Thanks for the reply, I was able to make some progress.

After cleaning the Intel software off the computer, Windows now detects all of the wifi signals in range of me and allows me to input a security code and connect, however it hangs on "acquiring network address". I've ensured that all of the relevant services are started and that IPv6 is installed, and I've tried to flush the DNS through the command prompt, not sure what to try next. 


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Please reset wireless router settings to factory default.

 

Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.

Checkmark the following checkboxes:
Flush DNS
Report IE Proxy Settings
Reset IE Proxy Settings
Report FF Proxy Settings
Reset FF Proxy Settings
List content of Hosts
List IP configuration
List last 10 Event Viewer log
List Installed Programs
List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
List Minidump Files

 

Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.

Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.


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✓  Best Answer

Please reset wireless router settings to factory default.

 

Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.

Checkmark the following checkboxes:
Flush DNS
Report IE Proxy Settings
Reset IE Proxy Settings
Report FF Proxy Settings
Reset FF Proxy Settings
List content of Hosts
List IP configuration
List last 10 Event Viewer log
List Installed Programs
List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
List Minidump Files

 

Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.

Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.

Thanks for your help, it started to work after I left it for a couple of hours yesterday, and now connects immediately every time I start the computer, so the problem seems to have resolved itself. 


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You are very welcome. We are glad to hear your issue has been resolved.

 

Take Care!


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