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Connectivity I just bought an Acer netbook. I cannot connect to my wireless internet in my home. I have the wireless access code, but it says limited use. The operating system is XP. The model is zG5 Can anyone help ? We have 24 hours to fix this as we are enroute to a year backpacking around the world

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Connect to router using Lan cable
and check if you are able to Browse.
If OK go to my tip

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