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Windows XP not connecting to Wireless?

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These are confirmed wireless networks - my other laptop connects to them with problem.

When I try to connect the laptop to a wireless network, it asks for the key and gets stuck at the "obtaining network address" ... it never gets more than that and says it's connected but comes up with a 169.254 address.

I checked on the routers/dhcp servers and it *was* assigned an address, just not connecting

Win XP Home SP3 with Atheros 5007EG.

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Two possible things. First is an incorrect key was entered. Second is the laptop's wireless card doesn't support the encryption method used on the router.
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Problem with the dhcp

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The 169.254 is an internal ip. You get that ip when thereis a problem with the dhcp

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There has been NOTHING that has changed on any of the networks - they're WPA and WEP ... never had a problem connecting to them in the past. I've re-entered the keys, too.
    
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post #6 of 12
If you manually enter a static IP address on the wireless adapter, does it work?

Failing that, try resetting your IP stack from a command prompt:

netsh int ip reset c:\
eset.log


Also try uninstalling & deleting adapter and driver info from comp, reinstalling adapter with latest drivers.

Also try using the sfc /scannow command to check for damaged OS files...

Hopefully a combination of these methods will work for you... pretty much everything short of format+reinstall.
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I am going to try those when I get home and can give it a try. If that doesn't work I guess I'll have to switch to Debian sooner thumb.gif

If I set the address (to a random one or the one in the DHCP lease table) it still will not connect.
    
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Well that didn't work. Hmmm ...
    
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Well that didn't work. Hmmm ...
NONE of those methods worked? Even uninstalling the hardware from device manager and reinstalling?

Well, personally, at this point, I'd personally probably replace the NIC, lol
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I need to make a Linux live USB and try to do that.
    
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