Just reformatted PC, need basic help connec

August 7, 2010 at 13:12:53
Specs: Windows XP
Hello everyone. I'm not particularly good with computers, and so I've got a question for you. I don't know much jargon, so I'm going to have to use some round-about phrases to detail it. So, here we go:

We have two computers: the one I'm posting on now and the one which has a problem. This computer is fine and in order, and it's the "main" computer. I mean, when you look under Network Connections, this is the one which seems to rely on the LAN for internet - the other computer used to rely on the Wireless Network Connection.

Now, the other computer was running horrifically slow. It was disorganised, unresponsive and I didn't like the way it had been partitioned at all. A few days ago I was getting particularly stressed out with it, and in a moment of slightly drunken frustration I thought "screw it, I'm reformatting this". So, I got my Windows XP disc, and reformat the hell out of it I did.

Now, I slightly regret this decision. The problem is, I have no idea how to reconnect it to the internet! I've tried everything I can (which isn't much) under Network Connections, but it all seems to be geared towards setting up a wireless network - I just want to connect to this existing one.

The router we use is a Netgear DG834PN, by the way. All I want to do is have an icon in Network Connections that corresponds to the wireless network - all I have at the moment on that computer is one that says 1394 (I think), which seems to be connected and firewalled but apparently does sod all in terms of accessing the internet. I've tried inserting the CD that came with the router, but that also seemed to be all about creating a wireless network and nothing I did on it seemed to help the situation.

From what I've read on the internet, inserting a USB-stick-esque-thingy that comes with the router makes the Wireless Network Connection appear under Network Connections. I've seen some of my friends use this set-up. Sadly, we have no such item, so I'm assuming our router just doesn't use one. This means that this whole paragraph contains no useful information and isn't really worth reading, but I felt it necessary to mention anyway.

Either way, I've rambled somewhat. Can anybody offer any assistance? Thanks in advance.

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August 7, 2010 at 13:48:21
Well the first thing you want to do is get some basics straight. Did the other computer connect via wireless or a wired connection? Once this has been found out, you will want to make sure that all of your computer's hardware "bits" have been installed correctly. You will need to check this as you have reformatted it and the computer may not know how to operate its own hardware.
You can check this easily by:
clicking on to start button
click on to run
type in devmgmt.msc and press enter
in the window that opens up check to see if any of the listings have a question mark or exlamation mark.
The information that your computer uses to operate its hardware are known as drivers and if you see any of these symbols it means that you have problems with these.

Usually a computer would come with driver cds which will enable you to install the hardware if you do see any question marks.

Once you have working hardware, pluggin a cable (ethernet) between your pc and router should be all you have to do. Otherwise if its a wireless connection you will need to obtain your network's name (SSID) and the password if its secured. Once you have these you can connect wirelessly. The windows way involves going into "manage network connections" right click your wireless connection and then click connect. then select and use use your password when prompted

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August 7, 2010 at 14:50:03
Thanks a lot for the reply. The connection is wireless.

After installing all the drivers from an MSI CD and getting them working in order, under "Network Connections" I was left with the 1394 connection and two LAN connections. I don't yet have an option for a Wireless Network Connection, though, so I have nothing to right-click. How can I get that to appear? I have my SSID and password from typing in into my address bar.

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August 7, 2010 at 19:47:18
If you have 2 LAN connections but you only have one LAN network card and the other is wireless, perhaps one of the LAN connections is wrong named and is your wireless card?
I had this a few month ago on my Laptop.

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August 8, 2010 at 05:57:08
Hmm, I don't think that's the case, because it was all working before I reformatted. Could there be anything else causing this?

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August 8, 2010 at 16:09:24
Did you simply checked that by opening the properties of both LAN connections and see, what kind of settings are possible?

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