Reformatted computer and Internet doesnt work

June 15, 2009 at 12:38:06
Specs: Windows Xp Pro
I reformatted my desktop as usual, but for some reason the internet doesnt work. I've installed my wireless card and ethernet driver. In Add remove hardware, there is nothing else that isnt installed and device manager shows no ? or !..... When I View wireless connections, its the old school looking view asking for network key, not the new looking view that actually works. Normally I downloadd SP1 and it works, but I cant find SP1 download ANYWHERE. If i try installing sp2 or sp3, it says cannot install without sp1. Since I dont have internet I cannot do windows update. I've been gettin sp2 &3 from laptop. Please help me

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June 15, 2009 at 12:52:51
Odd, normally sp's don't need the lower version.

Anyway, we'd need to know more about how you used to connect. Do you have a router? Did you use logon or other authentication method?

Also can you use a wired connection just to get the updates.

Are you sure you are on your router?

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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June 15, 2009 at 13:13:23
I connect using a Linksys wireless router which is upstairs in my roomates room. I have a Linksys wireless pci card in my desktop computer which connects me to the router. I dont think i have a ethernet cord to reach from the router to my desktop. The Xp professional disc i use is actually a burnt disc with a crack code which i've been using for years and it has always worked on my desktop. So, I have ethernet and wireless card installed. When i'm on my desktop I see at the bottom right on the task bar my "wireless network connection". I can "view my wireless connection", when i click on this it brings up the "available wireless connections" which there are several being a college student living around many wireless routers. It also asks for a network key below the available networks, I can also click advanced to configure the available network connections . I know the password for my router but I dont think network key is the same thing. Normally when my computer is working properly it has a different window showing my "available wireless network" than the one i just explained above. Anyways, I click on my router in the available networks and hit connect, nothing happens, which it shouldnt because i havent entered the password but there is no spot to enter the password. I hope this is enough information for u to help me out. Thanks

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June 15, 2009 at 13:13:26
"I reformatted my desktop as usual"

As usual? Is this something you do often? why??

You don't need SP1 to install SP2 or SP3. Don't get it from Windows it directly from Microsoft. Burn it to a disc so you have it for the next time you "reformat as usual"

Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package

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June 15, 2009 at 13:30:33
i try to reformat my desktop every 6 months, one, just to get all the garbage off of it that I dont know about, and two, it helps me keep myself organized and know what is and isnt on my computer. About SP2 and SP3, i've downloaded them with my laptop and put them on my desktop which is internetless and when i open the file, it starts loading for 20 seconds, when the load is finished i get a pop up box saying u must have minimum SP1 to install...... go figure

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