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Got the router,laptop and a modem...cannot connect

I have had nothing but trouble with laptops..Really do not think i am mean tto have one.

I have virgin media broadband through the main desktop but wanted a laptop for upstairs.
Bought a dell Inspiron, a Zoom router, couldnt get any connection until a vrigin media friend of mine suggested asking for the Modem instead of having the broadband through the set top box.

Ok I have done that, still no joy..
What now?
Short of turning my back on all this tech stuff which drives me mental, im not sure what to do.

Any comments will be greatly appreciated..
Joanne

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  • Jo Whyte Sep 04, 2008

    I have virgin media broadband as I said

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Who is your internet service provider.That could be the possible problem or possibly that zoom router just is not compatible you might want to look at a dlink router.

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