cumulus
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Wireless Laptop Help!

Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:32 am

Bought a three year old Sony Vaio for my Daughter to play with and so she doesn't have to use my precious Mac and ruin it !

I have put a dongle in the USB and run the software. It detects and connects quite happily to my router,but when I fire up Internet Explorer it says "unable to to display webpage, please check your Network settings".

What do I need do?

Thanks.
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Klaus
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RE: Wireless Laptop Help!

Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:04 pm

Does http://8.5.0.229/ work (it's a.net via its direct IP address)?

In that case the name service settings may need a correction.
 
sv2008
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RE: Wireless Laptop Help!

Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:10 pm

Some of these devices have their own connection management software (which I think is stupid, windows is more than capable of manging the connection) which can conflict with windows, and prevent a connection.

What brand is it? In the taskbar, is there a background program running for it (i.e Belkin or netgear or whatever)

Or it could be a firewall problem.
 
HT
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RE: Wireless Laptop Help!

Sun Feb 03, 2008 8:29 pm



Quoting Cumulus (Thread starter):
but when I fire up Internet Explorer it says "unable to to display webpage, please check your Network settings".

Do you have the same problem with alternative browsers ?

Have you tred to use a cable connection instead of WiFi ?
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mham001
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RE: Wireless Laptop Help!

Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:36 pm

...and what are your security settings and what security will your wireless card support and what is your OS?

For example, I cannot get my older Thinkpad connected to WPA (or any other secure setting on a Linksys.....)
 
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RE: Wireless Laptop Help!

Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:45 pm



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 4):
For example, I cannot get my older Thinkpad connected to WPA (or any other secure setting on a Linksys.....)

As the OP states that the computer connects to the router, I thought that WPA-encryption and the likes should not be an issue here.
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mham001
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RE: Wireless Laptop Help!

Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:56 pm

Actually, yes it could be. It can say it is 'connected' but nothing will happen. That is of course in my case only and may or may not have anything to do with this, but the questions need to be asked.
 
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RE: Wireless Laptop Help!

Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:11 pm



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 6):
Actually, yes it could be. It can say it is 'connected' but nothing will happen.

Okay.

Quoting Cumulus (Thread starter):
when I fire up Internet Explorer it says "unable to to display webpage, please check your Network settings".

Sometimes when I conenct my business notebook to my WiFi at home, it sometimes has the same problem: IE then has lost the Proxy Server-information that is required on that computer.
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Ps76
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RE: Wireless Laptop Help!

Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:56 pm

Hi,

Had just a couple of things wanted to mention I might try (if Windows Xp):

1. Looking for Administrative tools>Services to make sure DCHP (I think) service is running.
2. Trying to run the Windows Network Settings in the control panel to see if it can connect (although you've said it seems to be connected with the device's own software so maybe this might not be a great idea if it causes a conflict with windows and the external software both trying to make a connection).

Hope they might help (would be interesting to hear how it works eventually),

Pierre.

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