I have been trying to get a new wireless card working in my Gateway laptop running XP Pro. Unfortunately, it has not been going smoothly. As a result, I have installed, and uninstalled the drivers for this card and a previous card numerous times. At this point, I am up to Wireless Connection 8 in my Network Connections window.
The card connects to the AP, but is not able to get a dynamic IP. It keeps its 169.x.y.z internal address. If I use a static IP, the card takes that address, and I can ping the default gateway, but that's it. I cannot get to the router (default gateway address) from IE, and I cannot get to any websites. The device manager says that the card is functioning properly on IRQ 9.
The worst news is that I cannot get a dynamic IP address even using an Ethernet cable. I am stuck with a 169.x.y.z address with the Ethernet LAN adapter.
Also, now, the external CD drive is not recognized in the My Computer window.
I think there must be some conflicts going on with the various adapters. How do I fix this problem? Is there any way I can delete all the wireless connections and start all over? Any suggestions?