Hi hopefully somebody can point me in the right direction.
today i recived my new Inspiron 1300, everything is ok with it, except the wireless part, i turned it on and it found my wireless connection almost straight away, but it wont connect to the internet, the little "telly" symbol in the bottom of the toolbar shows it trying to connect, but nothing seems to happen. it has its own built in wireless card Dell 1370 wlan mini-pci card.
would anybody have any ideas ? i thought it would be a case of plug and play !
the one im posting this message from is connected via a modem, so i have no problems with the line.
Which wireless network adapter do you have in the 1300? What is the make and model of the router you are trying to connect to? Does the router have any security features enabled, like MAC address filtering or WEP/WPA encryption? Did you set up the router yourself or did someone else set it up?
dell wireless 1370 wlan mini pci card. the router is a Wannado live box that requires a 26 digit/number wep key to be entered .
i set the router up myself with no problems before, its my new laptop im having problems with.
ive managed to borrow another dell inspiron 1300 laptop & have managed to connect to the internet with no problems using the same router, it also uses the same wireless card as mine, so im thinking theres a problem with my laptop wireless set up.
but ive been having a look and i appear to be missing a tab in the wireless network connection properties, i have the general tab, advanced tab but not the middle tab which should show the wireless networks, without this i cant tick the use windows to configure my wireless network settings.
The tab is missing because the Dell wireless utility is managing your wireless networks. To get Windows to manage open the Dell wireless utility and uncheck the box next to "Let this tool manage your wireless networks". Next, open Network Connections, right click your wireless connection and select "Properties". Click on the Wireless Networks tab, then check box next to "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings". You may then have to reboot your computer to get the tab to show up.