I am trying to connect a friend’s computer to my home network. I have a linksys wireless router/4 port switch, with my own two desktops hooked up via cat5 and my laptop hooking up via wireless. These all work fine.
We have fitted a Netgear WG311 wireless PCI card to my friends PC and according to the network icon in the taskbar it is connected to my access point and says the signal strength is excellent. - however it is not hooked up and cannot browse the web.
By running ipconfig I can see the IP Address is 169.254.148.69 and the Subnet mask is 255.255.0.0 - which are both incorrect.
If I change the network connection from auto IP and give it a static ip which should work on my network - 192.168.1.150 subnet 255.255.255.0 gateway 192.168.1.1 - then it still does not connect properly. but if I change my laptops settings to these - it connects fine.
When I boot up the pc in safe mode and check device manager, under network adapters there are 10 separate listings and if I try and uninstall any of them i get "Failed to uninstall device. The device may be required to boot up the computer".
I have now tried a repair using the XP cd incase that might fix the offending setting but that didn't do anything.
Even though the PC thinks it is connected - my router's DHCP clients list does not show it as connected.
I have even taken out the wifi card and fitted it to my other half's pc and it hooked up straight away.
There must be something on my friends pc that is stopping it connecting properly, but I just cannot find out what it is
Can anyone help?