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Linksys Wireless not able to connect to internet

I am using a Compaq computer running Windows Me (bane of my existence), and connecting to a wireless network using Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter WMP54GS. I had a Linksys router, but it broke and I just got a Netgear one. I had the Geek Squad set up the router in-store so it would basically be plug-and-go when I got home, but now my personal computer (the one mentioned above) does not connect to the internet. The desktop connected to the router, my sister's laptop, and her iPhone can all connect to the network and the internet.
My computer was apparently created before the invention of wireless so there is no "detect wireless network" program. I am (and have been) using the Linksys software that came with the adapter and that says that I'm getting a strong signal (80% or higher) but when I try to use IE it says "can't display the page" or something like that. I didn't have this problem with my other router and I didn't have to do much to set that up the first time. Any suggestions as to what's going wrong?

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  • Mirax24 Jul 09, 2008

    I don't have Mozilla installed on that computer and since I can't get internet access, I can't download it. IE worked fine with my other router, I don't see why it has a problem now.

  • Mirax24 Jul 11, 2008

    "Cannot find server or DNS Error" is the message I get using IE.


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  • Mirax24 Jul 14, 2008

    The router is a Netgear RangeMax Wireless Router WPN824 v3

  • Mirax24 Jul 14, 2008

    No, I haven't tried a wired connection yet, if I have time I'll do it tomorrow. I have WPA encryption on the router.

  • mztaryn Sep 15, 2008

    I am so very frustrated and it seems from searching for an answer this is a common problem.

    I have an older thinkpad, windows 98se that worked great with the 802.11, ver. 3.1 adapter.

    that is until verizon did a modem upgrade. but i didn't know they did an upgrade.....i just couldn't connect.

    so i uninstalled and reinstalled the adapter software and hardware....did i mention i have probably done this 20 times......and now the adapter is inactive and i cannot configure a profile or use any of the features to edit, create new....etc......

    i contacted linksys without any help.

    okay...have another laptop that wasn't connecting anymore either.

    finally contacted verizon.........once i pointed out the ip address was missing she informed me there was a modem upgrade...UGH!!!!!!!

    okay, so now the other laptop is working (it is a newer dell) but i cannot get this adapter to turn green, connect and go again.

    i know it used to work.

    is there a winsock error? i thought i had fixed this....i don't know...i just know there are many people that have experienced the exact same thing but never saw a solution.


    thanks in advance


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Try it with Mozilla Firefox. If it works try some searches with IE, Windows ME and wireless as search terms.

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  • Pamela Bates
    Pamela Bates Jul 09, 2008

    Can you provide any more information than "can't display the page" or something like that for your symptoms?

    I am not too familiar with ME but I think you can go to a DOS command prompt screen. You would find it under the accessories programs. At the C: prompt key in "ipconfig" without the quotes. Write down the response you get and send it to me.

  • Pamela Bates
    Pamela Bates Jul 13, 2008

    Definitely the wireless adapter is not connecting to the router

    Try this:


    1. Double-click on the My Computer icon.
    2. Open the Control Panel folder.
    3. Double-click on Network
    4. Click on Configuration.

    Under The following network components are installed you should see Client for Microsoft Networks, Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter WMP54GS, and TCP/IP.
    1. If Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter WMP54GS is missing or is not configured correctly:

    1. Click on Add.
    2. Select Adapter.
    3. Click on Add.
    4. Under Manufacturers, select Linksys.
    5. Under Network Adapters, select the name of your adapter. NOTE: at this point it you may have to click on "Have Disk" and insert an install disk to add a driver for the network card.
    6. Click OK.

    2. If TCP/IP is missing:

    1. Click on Add.
    2. Select Protocol.
    3. Click on Add.
    4. Under Manufacturers, select Microsoft .
    5. Under Network Protocols, select TCP/IP.
    6. Click OK.

    3. If Client for Microsoft Networks is missing:

    1. Click on Add.
    2. Select Client.
    3. Click on Add.
    4. Under Manufacturers, select Microsoft .
    5. Under Network Clients, select Client for Microsoft Networks.
    6. Click OK.

    4. Check that you can only see Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter WMP54GS, and TCP/IP. If any other items appear, select them and click on Remove.

    5. Make sure you have a Client for Microsoft Networks.

    6. Select TCP/IP (you may need to scroll down).
    7. Click on Properties.

    1. Click on IP Address.
    2. Select Obtain an IP address automatically.
    3. Click on DNS Configuration.
    4. Select Disable DNS.
    5. Click on OK.

    Is the router wireless G?

  • Pamela Bates
    Pamela Bates Jul 14, 2008

    I take it none of the configuration instructions I sent did anything? I notice this router has wired ports as well? Have you tried a wired connection?

    Based on the results of the IPConfig your wireless card is definitely not talking to this router.

    Do you have encryption set on the router?

  • Pamela Bates
    Pamela Bates Jul 14, 2008

    I was away this weekend at a cousin's house and it occured to me that he has a system that is ME and is running wireless so its definitely possible.

    Did you check the network settings?

    Did you correctly define the WPA info to the adapter?

    If you want to send me a phone number I will work with you over the phone.


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