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Author: Barracuda Three stars, 500 posts CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 4031  
Subject: Trouble with Wireless Access Date: 6/9/2008 3:09 PM
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[Cross-posted on "Help With This Stupid Computer!" board.]

<Disclaimer>No doubt this kind of question has been asked before, but I couldn't find it. I apologize if this is a repeat, but if someone would point me to the right answer, I'd much appreciate it. </Disclaimer>

I'm trying to sign onto a wireless network using my wife's laptop, but things aren't quite working right. I get a message saying she's connected, and even that the signal strength is excellent, but then when I open a browser (either Fireforx or IE), I get a dialog box saying that some program is requesting access to the internet and I am offered three dial-up options! I cancelled out of that box and then just get the usual error message that the browser couldn't "find" the startup web page (or any other).

Now, I know the wireless network is actually operating properly, since I connected my own laptop to it with no problems.

My wife's laptop is using XP (with all updates Windows thinks it needs). For the wireless connection, she's using some version of Intel PROset Wireless. (I don't have full details with me at the moment -- but I'll go find whatever details anyone thinks relevant for a diagnosis.)

Does anyone have any clue where the problem might lie? I looked at the Network Connections stuff, and all the dialup options are disabled (and there's no telephone cord attached). Beyond that, I don't even know where to look for this...

Thanks.

Barracuda
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Author: scotinus Three stars, 500 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 4016 of 4031
Subject: Re: Trouble with Wireless Access Date: 6/12/2008 1:58 AM
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The dialog box sounds like the firewall (or anti-spyware) software wants you to give approval, before it will let your browser do it's thing. By cancelling out you are in effect denying access.

I don't know what you mean by the "three dial-up options", but the first thing I'd try would be to disable the firewall and go from there.

Good luck!
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