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"unable to connect to selected network" error

I have an ancient Dell Latititude C600 that works great on all unsecured wireless networks i've ever tried it on but whenever i try to connect to my home wireless network i get a message that says, in full, "Windows is unable to connect to the selected network. The network may no longer be in range. Please refresh the list of available networks, and try to connect again."
 I'm pretty sure it's not a problem with my computer because it works on other nets. The only thing I know to do is shut everything down and restart. That was, of course, no help at all. 
 The wireless router is a Linksys WRT54GS ver.6 and it works great on other laptops I've had. For some reason these two just aren't getting along ;)
 Any suggestions?

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  • ambdukias66 Jan 12, 2009

    I'm not sure how old it is, it's a hand-me-down of sorts. The adapter is a PMCIA Cisco Aironet 350 series version 7.29.0.0
    Now my problem has increased. I went on to the MSN site to see if i could figure it out there. Their tutorial said to delete the wireless driver and reinstall it. I deleted it and now can't find anywhere to download the driver. 

  • May 11, 2010

    How ancient is ancient? Does this laptop have integrated wireless or are you using a USB or PCMCIA adapter? Is your home network secured, and if so, are you using WPA? Some older adapters only supported WEP security.

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Hi, May be your router is now running a more secure algorith and needs password etc which the old one can't handle. You may have to downgrade your router to the older system..not a good idea.

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