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Acquiring Network Address

I am trying to connect to wireless in my new apartment.
I usually never have problems, but now I am. (Maybe bc it's a different internet provider than i've had in the past?)

I've entered my network key and password and it seems like it's connecting but it isn't. Under Wireless Network Connection Status, under the General Tab it says: Status: Acquiring Network Address. And under the Support Tab it says: Address: Invalid IP address.

I've gone to Properties>Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). It was originally on "Obtain IP address automatically". I tried switching it to the IP address that my roommate's computer has listed. But that didn't work either so I'm back to automatic IP.

I have Microsoft Windows XP. Dell Wireless 1370 WLAN Mini DCI Card (if that helps.)

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  • therlihy209 Jan 26, 2009

    No luck. :(

  • marksch Apr 23, 2009

    My wireless setup worked flawlessly with Road Runner and a Linksys router.

    Then we moved. Our email accounts transferred, but otherwise it was a new account.

    Every time I start my laptop the Intel Proset Icon says connected to wireless device, but the windows connection icon says "acquiring network address."

    Then it says no connectivity and can only fix by clicking repair button.

    The problem is that the next time my laptop falls asleep, it won't work again.

    I've gone online and reset the Linksys router. I've disabled Wireless Zero Configuration...

    This is driving me crazy!


  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    Tried to reset the modem and wireless router several times. If I click "repair" if fixes itself, but after the computer goes into sleep mode it loses the connection again.

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Reset the modem and the wireless router by powering them off for 30-60 seconds, then plug power back in. Wait a minute or so for the devices to reset then go to the PC and try to connect again

Good luck

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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