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Old 11-24-07, 09:52 AM   #1
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Calling all computer geeks: Full signal, can't connect wirelessly. Argh!

Nothing like spending a few days away fixing computers...

In the midst of cleaning up my Dad's 3 year old laptop with Win XP SP1 and three years worth of security updates to be installed something is stopping it from connecting wirelessly. Full signal, can't release ("No operation can be performed on Local Area Connection while it has its media disconnected") or renew ("this operation failed as no adapter is in the state permissible for this operation") or repair ("The following steps of the repair operation failed: Renewing the IP address") the IP address. Keep getting that 169.254.x.x IP address when I do a ipconfig /all.

I'm uninstalling Norton (also three years old) since when I was connecting with the external drive it kept prompting about connecting to the interwebs and I told it to eff off. I think it's mad at me. Another thought is that one of the updates did something but there were almost 30 of them and would rather not try out each one if I can avoid it.

Next steps after Norton's off (it's doing a check disk now for reasons unknown) is to try to plug in the ethernet cable from the desktop, but after that I'm pretty fresh out of ideas. Been googlin all night and morning and don't see any other possibilities.

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Old 11-24-07, 10:02 AM   #2
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My H just fixed our wireless with a very similar problem. Said there was a signal but could get no connection. What finally worked was simply resetting the router on the router box itself as opposed to resetting via the software. Two months of trying to fix the damn thing and this morning he finally looked a the box itself and went, "huh, wonder what would happen if i used this reset button." Wallah! I have a connection again....
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You need a wire.
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wire + updates == go back to wireless.
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I should note that the desktop is connected via a wire and works fine..afraid of losing the last connection that exists here.
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Just tried plugging in the cable, that worked and was able to connect, released and renewed - all good. Unplugged the cable and back to nadda.

(I did try putting all these into Google and haven't found one that works yet)
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Manually setting IP and DNS - check and fail.
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Whew - got it!!!

The router crapped out on this computer so I reset it, then released and renewed the ip addresses of both.

Thanks all!
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It sounds like software provided by your computer manufacturer may be fighting for control for your wireless adapter with the Windows Wireless Zero Configuration Service. See if http://support.microsoft.com/kb/871122 helps

EDIT: I see the problem has been solved, so this obviously wasn't the issue. However, I have seen this occur with other machines, particularly Dell laptops.
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That's actually what I suspected from the get go but couldn't find any references, thanks!
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