I've recently upgraded one of my two PCs to an Acer Aspire. I've added a Linksys WMP54G network card (there is an identical one installed on my son's PC - a Dell running Windows XP Professional) and I want to run an ad-hoc network. This worked fine before I changed one PC. Now although both cards and drivers are recognised and fully installed, I can NOT get any further. When I run the Network Wizard, I get as far as "The Wizard found disconnected Network hardware". My Linksys card is listed, but I can not get it connected. Any suggestions ?
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Thanks for the replies so far ... unfortunately I'm no further forward. I followed the instructions on the microsoft.com link above, this is the problem : "After you install an 802.11b adapter (such as an Orinoco or Cisco wireless network card) on a computer, Windows XP will automatically detect the card, install drivers, and display an icon in the notification area."
Well so far so good, it's just that the "icon" has a big red X across it ! The dialogue box says "Wireless Network Connection 3. Not connected. Right click here for more options" When I right click and select "Repair" I get a similar error message saying it's not connected.
Getting out of my depth now ! Yes the host PC (the new one) is on, its own broadband connection is working fine so that's not the problem. It just seems this new PC doesn't like the Linksys network card, even though it worked fine on the old one (both were Windows XP, both detected the hardware and installed the driver ok, so I'm at a loss as to where to go from here.)
1. Gone to "Device manager" and uninstalled the driver
2. Shut down the PC
3. Opened it up and moved the wireless card to another slot
4. Started it up again
5. Windows automatically detected the wireless card and installed the driver.
6. SAME BLOODY PROBLEM !! AAAAAAAAAAGH !!
The list of "Available wireless networks" is completely empty. When I go to "Open network connections", the one in question (with the red X across it) states "Wireless Network Connection 4. Not connected, Firewalled. Wireless-G PCI Adapter #2"
OK I've made a bit of progress now. I've had a reply from Linksys, and got both computers to connect their respective network cards. However they still refuse to talk to each other. Here's where I'm at:
I've got both the IP addresses. When I ping the remote computer from the main one I get "Request timed out" (four times). When I ping the main computer from the remote one I get "Destination host unreachable" (also four times). Not surprisingly the remote one won't access the internet, the shared folder or the printer. The main one is still working ok with all three. Any suggestions ? Thanks
I have followed what you have been doing and am thinking to myself,Could you pls give me the settings for the each of the adapters in the Tcp/IP configuration properties dialog box,such as the ip address subnet mask etc.You can get this info by going to the adapter 's properties and selecting tcp/ip and then properties.
Or start->run->cmd at dos prompt type(which may be C:\)ipconfig/all command and press enter,Lets see what the setting are like.
Ok when I do ipconfig on the main PC I get the following:
Media state .... media disconnected
Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connestion 4:
Connection-specific DNS suffix : (blank)
IP address : 192.168.0.1
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default gateway : (blank)
PPP adapter BTopenworld
Connection-specific DNS suffix : (blank)
IP address : 188.8.131.52
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.255
Default gateway : 184.108.40.206
When I do ipconfig on the remote PC I just get:
Windows IP configuration
... with nothing after it.
I've tried running the various network setup wizards, however when I transfer the USB key to the remote PC with the settings I'm told that version of WIndows XP does not support this way of setting up the network, and I can print the settings to set it up manually. The remote PC has recently had a clean install of Windows XP Home from the original Dell CD.
On the remote computer,are you able to see the adapter in network connections,go to start->settings->network connections
If you can,pls select the adapter and go to properties,then select Tcp/ip then properties again
then tell me the details on this page
I've set up the network on the main PC and given the wireless network a suitable name. When I go to the remote PC I "check for available wireless networks" and the one I want pops up. I select it to connect, and sure enough it connects. So now I know that both network cards are tuned to my network. However that's as far as it goes. When I try and connect the remote PC to the internet, initially the bottom of the screen says "Detecting proxy settings", then goes to the "This page cannot be displayed" page. Also tried to access the printer and shared folder, but the remote PC doesn't want to know.
Ok MCCL,For starters,lets do this,go to the remote computer and input this configuration in the properties dialog box,
Select the option that lets you input the details such IP address,subnet mask etc,
so input the following:
Leave the rest blank.
by the way,do you want this remote computer to connect to the net?