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    Disappearing wireless (XP Pro)

    This problem has me well confused, so if anyone can shed some light, I'd be very grateful <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>
    - we have three PC at home, upgraded to XP Pro
    - decided to try out wireless (cabling the house is difficult)
    - installed the Netgear Access point on one PC, wireless PCMCIA cards on the other two (they're laptops)
    Seemed to work, I could see the two laptops.

    Week or so later, now I can't <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>
    - recent change was I tried to set the main PC to allow others to use it to link to the Internet via the ISDN card
    Had a look at the setting (of which I have a limited understanding), and the first thing I noticed was the Client for Microsoft and File Sharing were both unchecked, so I checked them, but I get an warning that this selection will disable the Client and File sharing <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>
    - this is well weird, I'm selecting them yet the warning is that this will disable them

    One laptop was new, so I reinstalled and it worked, but now it's gone again <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15>
    Other thing is the Netgear driver isn't Windows XP certified ??

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    Re: Disappearing wireless (XP Pro)

    Oops, should have said, by disappearing, I mean the other PC's have disappeared from the workgroup
    - just to really confuse things, I tried linking a laptop up via a real wire to the hub and it works ???

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    Re: Disappearing wireless (XP Pro)

    Oh blast, I've been doing some more digging on the net and spotted an article on this and found this
    http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/stories/st...2832183,00.html

    Seems that Netgear is labelled "Works with Windows XP" - this is not the proper Microsoft compatability, they've been using a loophole to get their wireless card to work with XP.
    This loophole has since been closed by one of Microsoft's update patches <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>
    So until Netgear (and it seems other cards using the Intersil chip set) get their proper XP compatible drivers out, I'm back to using wires <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Disappearing wireless (XP Pro)

    have you looked at http://www.practicallynetworked.com yet? They may know more about the situtation and potential fixes.

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    Re: Disappearing wireless (XP Pro)

    Thanks, had a look but couldn't find anything on the Netgear and Windows XP drivers
    - got a response the Netgear tech. support suggesting
    Resolution:
    Please try the steps below:
    Please try selecting the ipx/spx first and then select client for MS networks or file and print sharing.
    You may also find some winXP related information at wown.com

    I'll give this a go tonight when I get home

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    Re: Disappearing wireless (XP Pro)

    This seems to have worked, part of the problems were down to one of the ports in my hub having an intermittent fault <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>
    I have ipx/spx and tcp/ip protocol installed, seems the Client for Microsoft and File Sharing for Microsoft won't work with the Netgear TCP/IP, but they work fine with ipx, so this gives me the workgroup capability in the home network <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23>
    Just to confuse me though, I can still ping each machine, either wired or wireless, and the laptops can reach the Internet via the PC with the ISDN modem installed <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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