Solved! Wireless connection problem with Vista, Acer 3680 laptop & DI-524 router

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by vorange, Aug 4, 2007.

  1. vorange

    vorange Guest

    After an agonizing battle till 4:15 in the night, I finally solved my
    wireless connection problem. I'm reporting this for the good of all
    you suckers out there in the same boat.

    I had purchased an Acer 3680 laptop with Vista Home Basic. The damn
    thing just would not connect to my wireless router. This was my first
    encounter with Vista and I was disgusted. The laptop could see the
    router as the router's name popped up when searching for wireless
    networks. But for some reason, it refused to connect. My other
    laptop connected to it just fine as did my desktop computer both of
    which ran Windows XP.

    I tried fooling around with the settings on the Acer laptop (network
    settings, latest drivers for network card)..etc to get it to connect.
    Didn't work. I tried changing the network encryption password on the
    D-Link DI-524 router plus other settings (static/dynamic IP). Didn't
    work either. I tried and tried and tried. I almost gave up and
    wanted to format the HD of the laptop and install Linux.

    As a last ditch effort, I did some research online of others in the
    same mess and came up with a theory. Perhaps it was my router's
    firmware which needed to be updated to handle Vista. It was a long
    shot but I did it. My DI-524 firmware was from 2005 and there was a
    2006 update. I tried it... restarted the router... and what happened
    next was pure magic.

    My Acer laptop connected !!!!!! I almost had a nervous breakdown.

    I don't see how Microsoft expects little old ladies to be figuring all
    this out but I'll sleep well tonight !

    Goodnight all.
    vorange, Aug 4, 2007
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  2. Thanks for reporting back! It's always good to know what worked.

    Hans-Georg Michna, Aug 4, 2007
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