Unable to connect to wireless.

December 1, 2011 at 13:02:47
Specs: Windows XP
So, my computer was having some serious issues, but the internet worked just fine. Me and a friend live in the same building and we're sharing a wireless connection and splitting the cost. I had to reformat my computer (it was windows XP SP3), but when I reinstalled windows it's SP2. I installed the wireless drivers and such, and those work great. However, I try to connect to the network 'Cay13' which is the one I'm sharing with my friend but it won't connect. It will just keep saying 'waiting for the network 'cay13' to connect to the network'. It won't come up with an error, it will just stop and refresh the wireless networks. I will then get a bubble that says 'Unable to connect to preferred wireless networks., Windows will keep trying.' etc... My friend's computer connects just fine so it doesn't seem like it's the router, and I've tried every which way from sunday to configure, connect, uninstall/reinstall the wireless drivers, etc.. COULD SOMEONE PLEASE HELP me find a solution? Thank you. (PS: I even made it to page 17 in the google results before giving up on that.) Thanks to anyone who can help me!

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December 1, 2011 at 14:06:17
There may still be old IP address lease on the router that point to your old wireless connection.

1. Try unplugging the router and leaving it off for about 10 seconds.
2. Reconnect and power the router on

Let me know if this helps.

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December 1, 2011 at 14:16:30
Can you physically plug your computer into the router?

If yes, do so and get connected to the internet that way. While connected, download and install Service Pack 3 for XP and do all the updates. Once you're finished that, check for newer drivers for your wireless device. If there are some, download and install them.

Then, once you've done all that, ensure you have no existing profile for the wireless network you mention (delete one if there is one there) and try to reconnect to the WLAN.

Get back to us and let us know how it goes.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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December 1, 2011 at 14:41:11
Ok, would I just go to the microsoft website? I want to avoid downloading viruses as I have before trying to get the latest. Thanks.

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December 2, 2011 at 06:32:52
"I had to reformat my computer"

What do you mean you HAD to? What problem were you having that caused you to reformat/reinstall?

"when I reinstalled windows it's SP2"

That's means you have an older XP disk. SP3 is a 316MB download available from the Microsoft site. I suggest you download it directly rather than getting it thru Windows Update. Copy it to a disk in case you ever need it in the future. You can get it here:


"I installed the wireless drivers and such"

Meaning? Motherboard chipset, graphics, audio, network, etc? After you installed the wireless drivers, you should have gotten a wireless icon in the system tray (next to the clock). Right click on the icon, select "view available wireless networks", highlite CAY13, then click connect. You will then need to enter the security password.

"I want to avoid downloading viruses"

That's why there are anti-virus programs:


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