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How to fix your wireless connection ("limited or no connectivity")

Although these instructions should work with pretty much any version of Windows, I wrote them for a computer that has Windows XP installed on it.

Also, it looks a lot worse than it really is (promise)...

  1. Select all these steps and paste them into Notepad (and/or print them out or something),because you'll need to close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. -- whichever you're using) which will mean these instructions will go also close/go away. You'll also be needing to disconnect any ethernet ("network")cables from your computer (if there are any connected, of course).
  2. Close your browser.
  3. Disconnect any LAN ("network") cables attached directly to your computer.
  4. Click Start.
  5. Click Settings.
  6. Click Control Panel.
  7. Double-click Internet options.
  8. Click the Connections tab at the top.
  9. Towards the bottom, click the button labeled LAN Settings.
  10. Make sure that Automatically detect settings is checked, and that everything else (unless you have an advanced setup) is unchecked.
  11. Click OK.
  12. Click OK again (but leave the Control Panel window open).
  13. Now, click Start (again...).
  14. Click Programs.
  15. Click Accessories.
  16. Click Command Prompt.
  17. In the window that opens, type in ipconfig /release and hit Enter.
  18. Then, type ipconfig /flushdns (again, hit Enter).
  19. Then, type ipconfig /renew (..... Enter).
  20. Give it a minute to see if the "Limited connectivity" thing changes to how it should be (which is without the little yellow exclamation point). If it connects, great! (Glad I could help. Skip to step 25.) If not (which is usually my luck), see the next step.
  21. Go back to the Control Panel window and open Network settings (I think that's what it's labeled...)
  22. Right-click the icon that represents your wireless connection (which should be pretty obvious).
  23. Select Disable & then wait maybe 10 or 20 seconds.
  24. Repeat steps 22 & 23, except instead of Disable, select Enable (in step 23).
  25. (Before I type anymore...) Re-open your browser & see if it works. If not, let me know. :)
Actually, let me know either way (if possible) -- if not, no worries. :)

Hope that helps... Good luck!

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