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Vista PC does not "see" wireless network

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One PC running windows Vista Ultimate
Functional wired ethernet connection (internet works fine)
Wireless router LINKSYS DUAL N Band (I have had this problem with an older style wireless rtr)
2 laptops that "see" my wireless network and use it to connect to internet
Network/Sharing center has no option visible to switch to private network
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Question by:coquina
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by:goffer
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Are you saying that the Vista PC is connected to the Linksys router using network cables and the laptops connect to the same router wirelessly? and the Vista PC cannot see the laptops that are connected wirelessly to the network?  OR are you trying to get the Vista PC to connect to the wireless network itself and you're not using network cables?

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by:felny
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Please, first, conect your vista computer to the router with a wire (cable). make An update, and after that, try conecting with wireles way.

remember. To see a computer from another computer, you first need to share something. Thrying making a right clik on a folder, and share the folder.

If this doesn't work. make a ping from one machine to another.
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by:coquina
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goffer

Wired connection to router for Vista PC.  I am trying to get the Vista PC to "connect" to the wireless network so I can share files.  From what I can tell VISTA won't let you do that unless you are connected to a private network
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by:coquina
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felny

I am already wired to the router.  Please see my post to goffer
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by:felny
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What do you want?
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by:coquina
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For now I would be staisfied if I could get my Vista PC to see my wireless netwok
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by:coquina
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When I click start/network I see a message This computer is not connected to a network.  Click to connect....  I click connect then connect to a network and get the message Windows cannot find any networks.  Which is the crux of my problem (I think)
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by:felny
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I bought a pc with Windows Vista.  In the first moment, i couldn't see my wireless network. So after an update. (a big one) i could see my wireless network fine. please, try makng an update. See the picture.
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by:felny
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Remember, you have to do it with a wired (cable)
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by:coquina
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Any chance of donating some free translation services?  I'm sorry I don't understand.
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by:felny
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jejeje, what do you want to traslate?  JUST MAKE AN UPDATE. it is free...  
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by:coquina
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OK.  I get it.  My updates are done automatically and I believe they are current.  But I will check now to be sure.
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by:coquina
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Interesting.  It seems that the Security Update for Microsoft.NET Framework ver 1.1 SP 1 is not installing.  Which is to say vista tries to install it but cannot complete
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by:felny
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you have to do it with an administrator account. This proccess take about 4 hours. There are a lot of think that windows  needs to update. maybe a little more.
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by:coquina
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The account I am logged into Vista with is an admin account (I thought) all other updates seem to be installing correctly.  Is this update "special" in some way?  
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by:sfcman
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Do you have Vista SP1 installed? (right click on "Computer" and select "properties", it should tell you in there)
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by:felny
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I don't think so.  Let's the computer updated all that it can.
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by:snazy
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Hi,
Open Network and Sharing Center, then under Sharing and Discovery make sure that Network discovery is set to on.
To switch from Public to Private-In Network and Sharing Center click on the "Customize" button on right top side of the screen somewere and it will open another window where you can change this option.
If there is a hardware swithc to turn the wireless on/off, make sure it is set to on if applicable
Make sure the driver for the wireless is installed correctly, or reinstall it from deivice manager.
Post if more questions
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by:coquina
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I am currently trying to work through the updates that are not installing for one reason or another.
They are:
Update for Windows Vista KB 957000
Security Update for Microsoft.NET Framework, Version 1.1, SP1 KB929729

I will check back in when I have successfully installed these and any other updates that may follow.
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by:felny
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Download it, and try by yourself.  in safe mode, or another way.
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by:coquina
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Still having troubles with updates. I am ready to bail on this whole deal.  It seems to me something is fundamentally flawed with this OS installation.  I thank felny for his help but am not sure I can award a solution for this one.  Is there a way for him to get partial points?  Is 200 fair?
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by:snazy
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I think you are mixing the two problems together.
If you can not install the Net Framwork update within Automatic Update, just download it and run it manually to check if it solves the problem. Here is the link:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=7EEA368D-7B82-4583-8537-30351718A4E9&displaylang=en
If you still have problems installing it, just reinstall the whole thing again. The link below provides the clean up tool for NetFramework 1.0 and NetFramework update 1.1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=7A4EFC33-0343-4EE4-B0C4-97BD16967A09&displaylang=en

When you are done with that, you can proceed solving your wireless problem, which would include reinstalling the wirless driver, turning from public to private, turn the network dicovery to On
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by:coquina
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Thanks for the links snazy.  I'll try that.  I have reinstalled the wirekess driver several times.  I never see the private networks option.  Network discovery has been since the beginning of all this.
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by:Gihan_Jay
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It happens quite frequently with Dlink routers. The problem is that most router OS has a option to let Vista connect to the WiFi network based on a PIN and if you enter the PIN, it will get the PreShared Key and auto-configure it. This is know as the
Wi-Fi Protected Setup PIN number. If you setup the Router to access based on the PIN, some wireless drivers do not read the PIN well. It will work once but the next time it will stop you from connecting. The best method is to manually setup the router amd avoid using PIN based setups. This will work after you remove the PIN based connection.
On your wireless access setup, you will have two options, Manual or Wireless Protected Access. Select the Manual option. Avoid the PIN option and select WPA and WPA2 if you have it.
Gihan
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by:snazy
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Is the wireless card 802.11n enable in the wireless card settings?
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coquina earned 0 total points
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To all those that offered help,
I had to do a clean install of the OS to fix the problem (which also fixed a number of other things).
I wish to thank all of you for your support.
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by:felny
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im glad for you my friend.
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