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Windows Vista Networking problem

Hi! I recently got a Vista Premium laptop with 2GB RAM and build-in wireless. It was working fine origionally, but all of a sudden, the networking stopped working. I cant connect to my home network. I can connect to ANY other network. Just not my home network. Every other computer in my house uses the same network, and they all work just fine, its just MY laptop. Yes, I've contacted Toshiba Support. Yes, they told me to reset my router, or modem, or whatever, but the problem is, I use an access point thats near my house. I dont own the router, modem, or even the network. What should I do?

Thanks in advance!

P.S. Yes, the wireless switch IS on. And yes, I've restarted the computer THOUSANDS of time since it stopped working. Just to let you know...

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Not much info

by ComputerCookie In reply to Windows Vista Networking ...

Try this link and see how you go;http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/networking.mspx

If you don't have any sucess please post a question and supply some details re hardware and OS's.

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What should you do?

by NickNielsen In reply to Windows Vista Networking ...

...I use an access point thats near my house. I dont own the router, modem, or even the network.

What you should do is contact a local provider and get your own connection to the internet. If you already have one, spend $50-$60 and get a wireless router.

From your post, I suspect the owner of the access point has not given you permission to use his service. It's entirely possible your neighbor has blocked your laptop's MAC address from his AP.

Using your neighbor's link without permission is wrong. Until you have your own wireless link, it's not likely anyone here will help you.

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Re: What should you do?

1. I dont really have the money for my own connection right now, when I do, I will get one, but right now, I dont.

2. Is there some way I can change my computers MAC address?

Thanks!

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Laptop

by shasca In reply to Re: What should you do?

You could get another Laptop, that would change it.


Oh wait then they could just block that Mac too!!! dam!!!

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Do you have TCP/IPv6 disabled?

by maxwell edison In reply to Windows Vista Networking ...

Start - Network - Network and Sharing Center - Manage Network Connections - Right Click on Local Area Connection - Properties - Uncheck TCP/IPv6 - OK

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By the way...

Whenever I try to connect, it says "Windows cannot connect". I click "Disgnose", it says "Windows Wireless Assosiation Failed due to an unknown reason".

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That's the problem, then

by NickNielsen In reply to By the way...

Your neighbor either has encrypted his wireless or has blocked your laptop's MAC address. If you cannot afford your own connection, your only recourse now is to use your laptop only in those establishments that provide free wi-fi for their customers.

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Re: That's the problem, then

I know they couldnt have encrypted it, because my other computer works perfectly with it. Its just my laptop. If it is the MAC address, is there some way I can change my MAC address?

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Search the web

by NickNielsen In reply to Re: That's the problem, t ...

You will find numerous methods for doing it. Sorry, but I won't assist you; I consider what you're doing to be theft of service.

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Well first off

by Dumphrey In reply to Windows Vista Networking ...

"I use an access point thats near my house. I dont own the router, modem, or even the network. What should I do?"

The fact that you can connect in other locations means your computer is fine.

Do you have permission to use the access point? If so, contact the access point owners and see if they have changed the encryption key. Also, sometimes it helps to delete the wireless network profile and recreate it, I have found the Vista wireless to be a PITA. Much less stable then XP.

If you have been using the access point with out permission (this is illegal btw) then you really have no way of reconnecting if they have changed their broadcast parameters.

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