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Oops, sorry, Not Curtis.

How is this different than the last link I tried? What is this doing?







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Just out of curiosity - have you tried power cycling the router itself?

I have a feeling that the router isn't liking something about this particular (wireless) computer. Before you start messing around with all of this other stuff (because, after all, this computer was able to connect at one point), I'd power cycle the router *and* restart the problem computer in that order before playing around with drivers and such.
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Power cycled the router and still didn't work.

Tried AWA's steps, no luck.

While I was mucking around in there doing that, though, it did see the connection and asked for the security code. I entered it and then it stopped seeing the network again.







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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.25
Read it and weep, fella


Have we tried the old tried & true "System restore back to a date when everything worked normal" thing yet?



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.34
    Originally posted by pieman

    While I was mucking around in there doing that, though, it did see the connection and asked for the security code. I entered it and then it stopped seeing the network again.


It would be interesting to know precisely when the dialogue for the passcode came up during this process. Did it coincide with the power cycle of the router?

I would also try reinstalling the driver for the wireless card. You'll want to be "wired" for that.

I think the next step is to take this to a friend's house or a Starbuck's and see if you can connect to a different network.
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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.18
    Originally posted by Leroy

    I think the next step is to take this to a friend's house or a Starbuck's and see if you can connect to a different network.


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I have it laptop at work today and it doesn't "see" any other networks.









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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.34
    Originally posted by pieman
    I have it laptop at work today and it doesn't "see" any other networks.




At this point, I'd re-install the wireless driver and hope that's does it.

(Control Panels -> Hardware and Sound -> Device Manager -> Network Adapters

Right Click the Wireless card under Network Adapters, select Properties, Click the Driver tab, Click Uninstall.

Then under, Device Manger, Action - > Scan for hardware changes. That should re-install the driver. )

If this doesn't work, and given everything you've done with nothing having worked, I'm leaning towards this being a hardware issue.
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Well that un-installed the driver, but then it didn't re-install it. Hmmm.







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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.34
    Originally posted by pieman
    Well that un-installed the driver, but then it didn't re-install it. Hmmm.


Visit Dell's website for the appropriate driver.

https://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/555/DriversHome/NeedProductSelection

Reinstall it manually.
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I now have also deleted the internet connection on our desktop that is wired into the router and can't figure out how to get that back either. We started with many internet connections and we're down to one! What a moron.







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Brought it in to my IT department and they worked on it while on hold. They reinstalled the driver and it still doesn't "see" any connections. I am sitting here in McDonalds with our other laptop and it sees 8 connections. The Dell sees none. IT thinks it's a bad wireless card. Crap.







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It's not the end of the line for the laptop; you can pick a USB wireless stick for about $25 at any electronics store. Some of the off brand (/cheaper) ones have junkier software, but it'll work just as well as the onboard one.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    It's not the end of the line for the laptop; you can pick a USB wireless stick for about $25 at any electronics store. Some of the off brand (/cheaper) ones have junkier software, but it'll work just as well as the onboard one.


Or, if you're willing to go the Monoprice route, less than half that. You can get a serviceable USB wireless adapter for less than $10 from a few places, and you shouldn't have to worry about what software comes with it because you should really just use whatever's built in. (Well, that and the drivers, but you should never use any other program to manage connections.)





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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    It's not the end of the line for the laptop; you can pick a USB wireless stick for about $25 at any electronics store. Some of the off brand (/cheaper) ones have junkier software, but it'll work just as well as the onboard one.


Click Here (amazon.com)

Anything specific I should be looking for? Will something like this do it?

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That ought to do the job, although personally, I would choose one from Belkin or Linksys. Just better brands, IMO.



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#37 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.76
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    That ought to do the job, although personally, I would choose one from Belkin or Linksys. Just better brands, IMO.


I agree. I wouldn't waste time with off brand stuff. Pay a little more and save yourself further headaches.
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Click Here (amazon.com)

How about something like this?







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#39 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.55
How much stock you put into online reviews may vary, but when more than half the reviews of a product (out of 203 reviews total) are one or two stars on a scale of one to five, I would personally stay away from it. A quick scan of the reviews suggests the most common complaints are a very short range and an inability to work through walls (though that seems like more of a router thing to me, but I don't really know).

Here is one for $19.99 with overwhelmingly positive reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/Medialink-Wireless-Adapter-802-11n-Compatible/dp/B002RM08RE/ref=pd_cp_e_1 (The W at Amazon)

I have never heard of MediaLink, so if you want to stick with a more well-known brand (not usually a bad idea), it may not be the one to buy, but with 1,600 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 stars out of five, I think it's probably pretty safe.
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I ordered them both! It was only $27 for the two of them and we have one other PC we can use these on as well.

I will let you all know if this solves the problem and thanks so much for all your assistance!







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