Need Help !!!

I need some IT help. Just bought a second hand laptop and i cant get it connected to my home wireless network. It sees the network is there but wont let me connect to it. The laptop is running XP with Service Pack 3. Anyone have any ideas? Rep will be left of course

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Have you got any security on the router (WEP, WPA ?).

Is the laptop set up to use the same ?

Try turning the security off on the router and see if it works then

1. Have you enabled WEP security?
2. If you have please ensure you have got the password right - it is case sensitive
3. Have you enabled mac security on the router - if you have you will need t oadd in your laptops details (check in control panel)


point one is the favourite!

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Error message that comes up:

Windows is unable to connect to the selected network. The network may no … Windows is unable to connect to the selected network. The network may no longer be in range. Please refresh list of available networks, and try to connect again.



Have tried this a zillion times but still doesnt work. I need this set up asap !

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guilbert53;2933380

Have you got any security on the router (WEP, WPA ?).Is the laptop set up … Have you got any security on the router (WEP, WPA ?).Is the laptop set up to use the same ?Try turning the security off on the router and see if it works then



Will try that soon but i cant get to the router at the moment because of extenuating circumstances.
*XxGunnerxX*;2933385

1. Have you enabled WEP security?2. If you have please ensure you have … 1. Have you enabled WEP security?2. If you have please ensure you have got the password right - it is case sensitive3. Have you enabled mac security on the router - if you have you will need t oadd in your laptops details (check in control panel)point one is the favourite!


Stupid thing wont let me get to the password bit and the other laptops in the house connect fine. However they're running Vista and this is on XP. I do have security and i believe it is WPA. Could this be the problem?

Scream;2933409

Will try that soon but i cant get to the router at the moment because of … Will try that soon but i cant get to the router at the moment because of extenuating circumstances.Stupid thing wont let me get to the password bit and the other laptops in the house connect fine. However they're running Vista and this is on XP. I do have security and i believe it is WPA. Could this be the problem?



OS should be ok

1. how far from the router are you, closer or nearer than the ones connected?
2. Are you using built in xp wireless or external usb like netgear?

*xxgunnerxX*

Have you put in the correct SSID name?

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*XxGunnerxX*;2933430

OS should be ok1. how far from the router are you, closer or nearer than … OS should be ok1. how far from the router are you, closer or nearer than the ones connected?2. Are you using built in xp wireless or external usb like netgear?*xxgunnerxX*


I have my home laptop (the one im using to type this) sitting literally next to this new one i bought. And the wifi is built in
*XxGunnerxX*;2933441

I used your error message and got … I used your error message and got thishttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/884787Try that*XxgunnerxX*


Okay i dont really understand what that means:oops: but im sure its helpful. Rep left

maybe stating the obvious but have you checked your firewall settings.

i know my own was hard to set up as there was an issue with norton firewall turned the firewall off and got a connection straight away.

Change the channel of the router to 11 or 6

really stupid one, but have you made sure wireless is "enabled" on the laptop. On mine, its a button on the front of the laptop, just underneath the mouse pad! :thumbsup:

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susie123;2933673

maybe stating the obvious but have you checked your firewall settings. i … maybe stating the obvious but have you checked your firewall settings. i know my own was hard to set up as there was an issue with norton firewall turned the firewall off and got a connection straight away.


Lol checked that
mrtootough;2933698

Change the channel of the router to 11 or 6


Will do that when i can get to the router
Disco;2933754

really stupid one, but have you made sure wireless is "enabled" on the … really stupid one, but have you made sure wireless is "enabled" on the laptop. On mine, its a button on the front of the laptop, just underneath the mouse pad! :thumbsup:


Okay that was a really stupid one

post make and model of router and wifi adapter, anyone got the same?
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