Firetramp
Firetramp

old hand
Location: Binstead, Isle of Wight
Member Since: 5th Sep 2005
Total posts: 896
Posted:I've been using a wireless internet connection for some months and never had real problems connecting until last week. It still says I'm connected to a network but "Cannot open page" keeps coming up. I took my laptop to my boyfriend who has wireless in the house and although my laptop links with his connection, signal strenght even very good, still no luck. What's the problem? Last week I fiddled with it for over an hour and then it suddenly worked again for a day but not sure if it was anything I did and anyway, I wouldn't remember what.
Any wizards around?


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polarity
polarity

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Location: on the wrong planet
Member Since: 16th May 2005
Total posts: 1228
Posted:Right, might be an idea to uninstall the drivers, then re-install the latest ones released by your wireless card manufacturer. If you're using windows drivers, or the ones that came with the wirless card (or laptop if it's built in wireless) they may be a bit old. Make sure you have all the files you might need before you uninstall drivers.

Paste the following into a new .txt file, then rename the file to 'devmgr.cmd'. You can then use that file as a shortcut to the device manager, and it also shows any old and hidden drivers that may be causing problems. handy having it on the desktop if you have to keep restarting while installing/uninstalling.

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set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
start %systemroot%\system32\devmgmt.msc



Once you've got the latest drivers, try and get a connection going with no security on it, and then if things are still playing up you could try things like changing the channel used by both the wireless router and the laptop. It's a long shot but sometimes interference from things like mobile phones, microwaves and a few other things can cause brief disconnections even though you have a good signal most of the time.

Also try putting the router/access point as far as possible from any other equipment, preferably up on a shelf. The signal is a lot better when it's not soaked up by wires and the earthed metal parts of things like printers and computers.

You might want to use the card manufacturers software, the windows connection manager works well most of the time, but can sometimes fail with some cards that need the fine tuning provided by their own software.

One last thing, if windows goes and puts the wireless adapter into what's called an network bridge, with your wired LAN connection and/or firewire if you have that, delete the bridge from the network connections window (right click My Network Places, and choose properties). Wireless has loads of problems working with network bridges.


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UCOF
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Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted: Written by: Polarity

Right,



I start posts like that too sometimes...
ubbangel

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jo_rhymes
jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops
Member Since: 10th Apr 2005
Total posts: 4525
Posted:You might have a DNS server problem - try going to start > run > type cmd then type: tracert 216.239.57.99

You can also type 216.239.57.99 in to your web browser. If you see google then your connection is fine.

In that case what you need to do it go to start > Settings > network connections > local aera connection > right click > properties > Internet protocol (TCP/IP) > and tell us if you see anything in the DNS servers area...

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Sym
Sym

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Location: Diss, Norfolk
Member Since: 28th Sep 2004
Total posts: 1858
Posted:spank

What are you talking about Jo?
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Location: Staines
Member Since: 4th Aug 2004
Total posts: 4437
Posted:ssssh sym shes on a role wink

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polarity
polarity

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Location: on the wrong planet
Member Since: 16th May 2005
Total posts: 1228
Posted: Written by: UraniumChipOxidationFacility


 Written by: Polarity

Right,



I start posts like that too sometimes...
ubbangel




It might help if you imagine me rolling my sleeves up and cracking my knuckles. Flat cap, braces and oily hands are optional in these imaginings, but they do set the tone nicely biggrin


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