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New computer hung at "Acquiring network address"

I am attempting to connect my new HP 8510p laptop computer to the router using a wireless connection and I keep getting this msg. I'm running Win XP Pro, SP2. The MAC address of the laptop shows up in the Attached Devices on the router. The router has been instructed to explicitly allow this connection, and yet I have no internet access on that computer. Periodically I'll see the msg flash to "Automatic" but then within seconds it's back to "Acquiring network address." Anyone know how to fix this? thanks!

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  • xhepera Nov 02, 2007

    Thank you very much for the reply. I followed the steps that you suggested and, finally, I'm getting a "connected" status. However, I'm still unable to connect to the Internet. I tried bringing up IE and all I get is the "page cannot be displayed" message. This IS a step in the right direction though. Thanks! Have you any further suggestions?

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  • Boomer7298 May 11, 2010

    My wife just got a new Dell laptop running Vista and we have a WPN824 router. It is set up for WEP encryption but we have misplaced the security key. I have been trying to access the router by typing in the in a IE browser but keep getting the message about the system not being able to connect to the network...any clue?

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Log on to the router. ( open IE and type in or -- depending on what the IP of the router is ) . You can find the ip of the router by clicking Start --> Run --> cmd and then typing ipconfig.
Once you log on to the router, run the set up wizard. Most of the times, this should help.

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Verify that the DHCP feature of the router is enabled. Alternately, you may want to set the PC to use static IP configurations rather than "Obtain an IP address automatically". Sometimes WinXP WiFi configuration messes connections when none WEP or WPA is used.

You may want to fix set your PC's WiFi config to IP Add:; Subnet Mask: and Default Gateway: 192.168..1 (that is of course assuming that your NetGear RangeMax WPN824 Router uses the IP add).

If this still does not work, pls post back so we can figure out tricking the WinXP WiFGi config to connect.

Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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    Louie Role Nov 03, 2007

    Oooppss, should read"...Default Gateway: (that is of course..."

    A couple of things you can try:
    1. Right click on your WiFi networking icon (bottom right), click on Repair;
    2. Open IE, click on Tools, Internet Options, Connections tab, LAN Setti9ngs button, check "Automatically detect settings", OK, click on Advanced tab, press Restore Defaults button, then check "Use HTTP 1.1 through proxy connections", OK;
    3. Right click on your WiFi networking icon, click on Status, verify that there are some numbers under the "Received". Click on Support, click on Details button, there should be numbers across all settings (pls post these setting numbers), Close.

    Pls verify that your router is connected to and can access the Internet. Am I right to assume that you have a 2nd PC? If yes, can you pls check also its networking config/settings and post details.




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