Vista Laptop not getting IP through DHCP on Linksys Router

I have a brand new Dell inspiron laptop that I am just trying to connect to Wi-fi through a Linksys wireless router.  All hardwired clients work just fine and my iphone connects to the wi-fi just fine.  The problem is that the new laptop can not get an IP address throuch the dhcp server function on the router.  I don't want to give it a static IP because then you'd have to change that everytime you wanted to connect to other wifi networks.  This laptop is running vista business and it also has that dell control point software (which I hate).  I'd love to do away with that too if possible.  I already tried changing the registry keys here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233 and no luck.  (My computer only had the one registry key available though.)  Any thoughts?
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IanThCommented:
just try it with a static ip to see if it can connect, if it can its a more than likely a problem with the windows ip stack imho
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Justin EllenbeckerIT DirectorCommented:
Most of the dell software can probably be uninstalled if you do not like it.  Since dell doesn't make the hardware then it should still function with the manufacturer drivers.  There are a few other things I have seen cause this usually in XP it is something like the AEGIS protocol isntalled on the adapter, if it is there try to uncheck it so that it is not bound to the adapter.
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GFCUAuthor Commented:
I know that there is no protocol installed on that adapter like that.

I will try giving it a static ip tonight.

Thanks.
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GFCUAuthor Commented:
if the static ip does work how do I address the issue with the ip stack?
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Jackie ManCommented:
For some branded laptops, such as Lenovo, Dell, HP, there is software to control wifi connection instead of the Wireless Zero Configuration service of the OS.
The dell control point software is one of such software. You need to use such software to connect to wifi or disable the software to use the Vista built-in Wireless Zero Configuration service.
Normally, I will recommend the use of such software as you can create many wifi profiles at different locations and you can just switch from one to another wifi profile with one to two mouse clicks.
For details on how to setup Wifi conenction profile for Dell™ ControlPoint
Connection Manager. Please read pp.35 to 57 in the user guide in the link below.
https://support.dell.com/support/edocs/software/dcp/connection.pdf 
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IanThCommented:
delete the network adapeter in device manager and reboot the pc so it finds it again on the first reboot that will setup the ip stack again
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VilosopheCommented:
If you put the incorrect key in, it will appear that its connected but continually try for an ip address, this has happened to me before. I suggest you confirm what the key is, and ensure you have chosen the correct security settings aswell.
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VilosopheCommented:
Hey what happened with this, any luck?
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GFCUAuthor Commented:
I just ended up removing the dell app all together and allowed windows to manage the connection and it worked wonders for me.  thank you.
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