"The wireless" is not the radio.
September 29, 2010 6:46 PM Subscribe
I'm a Mac. My husband is a PC. Please help us figure out a wireless connectivity issue.
posted by BlahLaLa to Computers & Internet (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Computer know-nothings here, pleading for help from those who know more than we do.
Our household computers: ancient Mac Mini, ancient Mac G4, Sony Vaio laptop. We recently added wireless via an Airport Extreme. Everything works fine, except...
Now we can't get the Vaio connected to the wireless. It will connect to other wireless networks, like at Starbucks, or our neighbors' unsecured networks. When I search for networks in range, it does see our home network, and gives it four out of five bars for signal strength. But when I try to connect, I always get:
"Windows is unable to connect to the selected network. The network may longer be in range. Please refresh the list of available networks and try to connect again."
The first problem I see is that the PC never prompts me to enter our wireless password. There may be problems beyond that, but I basically have no idea where to look.
The Vaio is running XP Home Edition 2002.
Please offer troubleshooting suggestions, and talk to me like I am your great-great-aunt Matilda who thinks the wireless is a radio.
If your suggestion is, "Get newer computers," we actually concur. But right now we're in a "use it till it breaks beyond repair" budgetary cycle.