Hello everyone, my name is Zarly and I have a problem.
I have two computers, a Dell 8200 with Win XP Home, and an IBM laptop from work, with XP Pro.
I recently moved into a new basement suite apartment and that is where this problem starts. In my old house, everything worked swell... those were the good old days.
My set up was simple and worked great. Internet came in via a cable modem, and then to a Linksys Router which sent a lovely strong wireless signal to my IBM thinkpad.
The owner of the house supplies cable and internet. For internet, there is a blue cable that comes from a little hole in the ceiling. This is I assume connected to the owners router upstairs. When I first moved in, I didn't bring my Dell, and just plugged my IBM Thinkpad into the blue cable from the hole in the ceiling and that worked Great! I had fast reliable internet and I still do on the laptop. However, when I try to connect my Dell PC to the same blue cable from the ceiling, NOTHING! No light flashing indicating activity on the NIC, no surfing, no anything. It just says "A network cable is unplugged." Well, it's not unplugged but it's clearly not working.
I took the cable out and plugged it into the IBM, and BING! Internet works great.
I thought I would try things exactly the way they were at the old place. I tool the blue ceiling cable and plugged it into the wireless Linksys router, then attacthed the Dell to the router with a spare CAT 5 568A patch cable I have. The NIC light on the Dell lights up green, but not only do I not get a wireless signal to the Thinkpad, I get a message on the PC that says "This connection has limited or no connectivity." So, no wireless, no internet connection on the Dell, and no joy.
However, the blue network cable from the ceiling still works in my laptop, which has allowed me to type out this long convoluted message to you experts.Can anyone out there help me? I'm so tired. I have looked throughout this site trying to find a similar situation, but nothing comes close.
If anyone can help, I would really appreciate it.
Thank you very much.
Zarly Doug Walker, over and out.