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I am using Windows 98 in conjunction with compaq Presario 5170,(yes I know it's antique but I like it) and until recently every thing was hunky dory but as of late it seems my surfboard 5100 which is connected to cable is having problems in the fact it sometimes disconnects itself from cable and I have to disconnect the power source and of course the incoming cable and reconnect to get the thing to work. One more thing that may be causing problem. I have purchased a new Dell with all the bells and whistles and have it in another room and am using a NETGEAR wireless device for use with old machine and when it is working it works great but when my Presario goes out naturally the Dell goes out also. I have a cable running to my new Dell from outside as I do my older machine but do not have the cable hooked up instead using the wireless device. The wireless device is a WNR834b-v2 device made by NeTGEAR and as I seaid works great as long as my SB5100 is working. I purchased a new SB5120 thinking that might solve my problem but it doesn't work at all although all the lights come on indicating it is hooked onto cable as well as power but my machine doesn't recognize it......please help....Bill Clark billclrk7@aol.com

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Hi,

A couple of suggestions:

  • Pls make sure that there is only one (1) DHCP enabled/active; and/or
  • use static IP addresses specially with the Win98 machine. Do the same whether any of the machine is wired or wireless;
  • disable any WEP or WPA security, if you have to, use MAC filtering;
  • download, install and configure DRTCP, here is a nice tutorial.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

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