Windows XP wireless login issue after installing Novell client
Posted on 2007-07-31
New Windows XP SP2 configured laptop with built-in wireless-G NIC. Start laptop and Windows sees and connects to a Linksys WAP54G access point that I have it configured do so. Install Novell Client 4.91 SP4 for Windows XP for connected to my local area newtwork. Now, from a cold boot, the laptop does not connect to the access point. The Novell prompt appears but it cannot connect to the network because assumingly, Windows has not made the wireless connection to the access point yet. However, if I choose workstation only and get inot Windows, the laptop connects and gets on the network. If I then only LOG OFF and get back to the Novell prompt, everything works fine because that wireless connection is still there. If I shut down, then restart, I cannot get the inital Novell login to work because it is not seeing the network. I ran into this same exact problem two summers ago with almost identical equipment, and was able to get it to work. How? I do not remeber what I did. I THOUGHT it had to do with DHCP, so I assigned the laptop a static IP address. That is what I THOUGHT solved the problem for me two years ago. But doing that today on my new laptop did not solve the issue. I need Windows to make the wireless connection before the laptop gets logged in, so the actual Novell login prompt can SEE the network.