I went away on vacation for 10 days and decided to take my laptop with me to get some work done. I decided that vacation was more important, so I never even turned my computer on (well maybe once or twice just to dump my digital photos...)
When I got back home I set up as usual and turned on my machine ... all seemed normal EXCEPT my wireless connection started acting up. It detected the connetion and connects ... some times with a stronger or weaker signal, but it always connects. However, when I try to connect to the internet to check my email, etc ... I can't.
I noticed that the "packages sent" was ticking away on the "connection details" window, but the "packages received" was just creeping along. So I started to wonder. I deactivated the Windows Firewall, and my Norton Internet Security Firewall and tried again ... no go.
I searched the help on the machine and found the "Network Diagnostics Test" which runs a diagnostic of the Network Connections etc ... I think that what it does is run a "ping" of the Default IP Gateway (which worked OK), then a PING of the DHCPServer (which worked OK again ...) then the DNSServerSearchOrder (OK), then a "self-PING" of my IP Address ... which came back as an error ... 4 times timed out... 4 Packages sent, 0 received ... (100% lost).
All of this jargon was new to me, so I started to look for help on the internet and found something that walked me through the PING-ing manually (system window IPCONFIG command, etc) ... the ping I do of my own IP address always "times out" and I get stopped there.
1. My building was hit by lightning 5 months ago and fried my Wireless Router ... since then (before going on vacation) I was able to connect ALWAYS to a wireless network left open by a neighbor ... this is the SAME one I'm connection to now.
2a. My subscription to Norton AntiVirus expired 14 days ago and I have yet to renew it ... (I began to suspect that maybe they were blocking me so I renew my subscription and Update my Anti-Virus and Firewall protection ... ¿paranoia?...)
2b. My subscription to my DSL internet service expired 14 days ago also (even though I haven't used it for the past 5 months, being that I would have had to buy a new Router and I didn't) and I have yet to renew it ... They wouldn't be able to program "blockage" into my computer when I first set my new connection a year ago, could they? ( more paranoia?...)
3. I downloaded and installed the latest driver for the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection from the Intel site... I have a stronger signal now, but still can only send but not receive.
I'm stumped, but am sure that this is probably just a silly thing that one of you WIZ-KIDS can resolve in your sleep ... I hope .... if you can, please PLEASE let me know ... tired of running to the office across town each time I want to check my email, the news, or whatever ...
Thanks so much (in advance!)