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Can't enter network key to access wireless network

New Dell Mini with XP os - wireless network shows, but I can't figure out how to enter the Network key so we can move past the "validating identity" and "unable to find a certificate to log you on to the network". Any help - Greatly Appreciated!

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  • mom2madi2 May 28, 2009

    This got me one step further - thanks for answering. For some reason - I'm unable to enter the whole key - the last 3 digits won't fit - on the line - I'm guessing they are important.

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Change the router and comuters wireless to WPA-PSK (pre shared key)

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