Picking Your Brains Again

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008, 2:28 pm

Once again I turn to my readers for help. I know that lots of you are IT magicians or are in some way handy with computers, so here’s my problem–I keep having problems connecting to open WiFi connections. Or, I can connect to them, and I get a strong signal, but I can’t actually get on the internet. When I do the diagnostic test I get a little yellow exclaimation point between the router and my computer. Everything works fine from my computer to the router, to the router to the internet, back to the router…and then things break down. I’ve had trouble connection at places like Panera Bread, at the one bar I go to for volleyball…and now at my brother’s house. The one time I couldn’t connect at Panera I did some sort of mumbo-jumbo that worked, but I can’t remember what I did.

Sometimes I have no trouble and I connect with no problem. Sometimes I get hung up and spend an hour picking through the Network Connections folder like I have a clue what I’m doing. So, if any of yinz have any ideas, lay them on me. Many beers to the brilliant soul who can shine a light.

So far I’ve asked your advice on buying a computer, buying a car, God knows I’ve had tech questions. Be glad I don’t have children, else you’d be raising my kids. And I don’t think you want that kind of responsibility.

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5 Responses to “Picking Your Brains Again”

  1. BadBlood Says:

    Could be a hardware problem on your internal wifi. Try borrowing/buying a usb-based external wifi adapter and see if that works properly. If that operates just as poorly then it’s not a hardware-based issue.

  2. sirfwalgman Says:

    Are you running XP or Vista? I know Vista shipped with some newer TCP/IP wireless protocols and you might want to downgrade the TCP/IP stack to an older version. Let me know if you are running Vista and I will find the article about the wireless settings.

  3. Otis Says:


    I know the exactlu problem you’re having–if you run Vista. I experienced it for a year before figuring it out. You have to change a couple of values in your registry and it solves the problem. If you run Vista, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll see if I can help.

  4. Easycure Says:


    I can’t help you with your computer problems, but I’m still convinced that the refs handed the Super Bowl to the Steelers a few years back. And yes, I’m still pissed about it. I meant to tell this to your face in Vegas this summer, but I never saw you face. Maybe in December. And maybe we’ll have beers together and discuss it. =0

  5. Michele Lewis Says:

    I hate to sound condescending but check to see if you accidentally check work offline. otherwise, you might have a regular ip/dns set. so you’re using xp then
    1. click on view wireless network
    2. click change advance settings on left sidebar
    3. hi-lite your tcp/ip protocal and click properties
    4. check obtain ip and dns automatically

    vista is something similar but can’t remember exactly.

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