Happy Friday! It's always nice to hear from you folks through e-mail. This week, I received an e-mail from Cory K. whose question and answer we are featuring in this newsletter. He wrote in to express how excited he was for getting his question selected and feels like a celebrity! Well, Cory, celebrity or not, the good news is that our community members have come up with a lot of insights, suggestions, and advice to help you on your troublesome wireless network connection.
However, there is a bit of bad news, that being a wireless network connection issue, the problems can stem from a wide variety of factors--ranging from signal interferences from other Wi-Fi signals, a bad USB port, hardware issues, to something as simple as your Wi-Fi device being moved recently. And like all tech-related issues, it's going to take a bit of effort on your part to read through our member suggestion and experiences shared, and you troubleshooting through the process of elimination. And it's always recommended to start with the basic task that you can accomplish quickly to eliminate those possibilities first and work your way up to the more time-consuming ones further down. And who knows, maybe you'll get lucky and the first few simple task you choose will correct your problem. So good luck, Cory! Lots of folks came through for you, and I've hand-picked a few members' answers for you in the Q&A section to jump-start you into troubleshooting mode. And when you do find a solution that worked, please swing by again to tell us all about it. Thank you everyone for your time, sharing your knowledge, and above all for being part of this community! Take care and have wonderful weekend, folks!
As a non-techie struggling to survive in a techie world, I
look forward to reading the QOTW and responses every Friday
afternoon. Thanks for all the insights, I frequently find
solutions to things in your e-mails. I now find myself with
a question that I hope is worthy of submission.
I have a very basic wireless system for my home--cable modem
connected to a wireless access point/router, with a USB
network adapter connected to my desktop PC operating on MS
XP. The wireless connection has worked beautifully for 2+
years, but recently the connection breaks down and I get a
message of "acquiring network address," which then turns into
a message of "limited or no connectivity." The only way I can
get the wireless connection back working is to run a
hard-wire cable through the house from the access
point/router directly into the desktop PC. After a few
minutes the wireless connection will restore and work fine...
for a short while, sometimes a couple hours, sometimes a
couple days, then we have to go through the whole thing
again. The access point/router seems to be broadcasting fine
because my laptop connects and works without issue, but I
need help stopping the calls I receive from frustrated family
members trying to use the desktop... Save me! Thanks in
-- Submitted by:
Cory K. of San Marcos, California
Featured member solutions for last week's question:
Hi CNET. I've noticed that some of my USB devices like flash
drive, printer, even digital camera plugged as mass storage
isn't readily detected by the USB ports on my laptop. At
times I still have to plug and unplug on different ports
before the computer finally detects the device. However, I
have this one particular flash drive that can only be
detected by my laptop on a particular port and does not work
on the other two ports. Why is this so? Any ideas on how I can
solve this mystery? In case it matters I have a Compaq CQ40
running Vista Home Basic. Thanks!
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