Laptop Wireless network problems

July 31, 2010 at 15:00:24
Specs: Windows XP, 252
I have a Toshiba laptop I'm trying to fix for a friend, The wireless network has problems, I took my card off my laptop install it on the friends laptop including the software, it detects the networks in range, which one is mine, I put in the password, and then it tries and connect and then after a minute The little tray icon says limited or no connectivity. I believe the laptop also has it's own Atheros Mini PCI/PCIe Wireless Lan, there is an extra tv screen on the task bar with an X on it. I click view wireless networks with that one and nothing shows in range. I'm thinking maybe both are conflicting, but I uninstall my card, and the Atheros still shows nothing in range, and when I did not have the drivers installed for the Atheros card, my card's wireless network still said limited or no connectivity.. Does anyone have any solutions? I know my card is good..

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#1
July 31, 2010 at 17:32:21
Were you able to connect to the wireless network before or is this your first time? Are other wireless devices like a phone able to connect? What OS are you using I suggest you use Windows Zero Configuration to connect to your wireless network also are you on a home WLAN or on a hotspot? If on a WLAN maybe you need to change some settings on your wireless router or Access point like channel and frequency or even the type(e.g. a,g, and b)

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#2
July 31, 2010 at 19:06:51
It's Windows XP. The computer was not connecting when I got it, thats when I installed my card, that doesn't connect neither but finds the signals.. Its a home network...

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#3
July 31, 2010 at 19:45:02
Have you tried to remove the Wireless Profile inside the WZC Settings? Try to remove them then manually add the network. Does your wireless network require a password? If yes try to remove it then try to connect just for troubleshooting purposes only. Another thing that you can do is try to connect another wireless device on the same network like your friends phone or another laptop. You may also try bringing your laptop into a mall and connect to a hotspot.

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#4
July 31, 2010 at 19:54:14
Mine requires a password.. I just took the computer out around the block and it picked up a unsecure network and connected.. I think i may be typing the wrong password for my modem, our password is the serial number on the modem, but when i type in the serial number i get a error saying the network password needs to be 40bits or 104bits depending on your network configuration etc.. I think that's probably the problem, I'm typing the wrong numbers off the modem, because there are some other numbers other than the serial.. How would i change the password bits?

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#5
August 1, 2010 at 03:11:36
You said a modem? Don't you have a router or does the modem actually have a wireless ability inshort a modem router? Well I suggest you access your modems Web UI page and change the security mode to WEP because most of the time that works with XP but it if does not then try using WPA PSK TKIP you can find that on your modem wireless tab. After doing that clear any wireless profiles in the computer then try to connect back. Also try to double check the numbers your trying to input.

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