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by: GypsyCowgirl September 12, 2013 8:45 PM PDT

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Connected Wireless adapter Can't access internet

by GypsyCowgirl - 9/12/13 8:45 PM

I recently picked up a used, Dell Dimension 820,0 with Windows XP installed. I have connected a Netis WF-2109 300Mbps Wireless-N USB Adapter. Connected Wireless adapter Can't access internet.

When I go to Internet Explorer I get an error message stating: Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage. I have tried to log into many different websites with the same results.

I realized that initially Explorer attempts to take me to microsoft.com/isapi/redir.dll?prd=ie&pver=6&ar=msnhome.

I went into registry editor and changed the start page, but it went right back to the same microsoft address. I even tried to mage the change in the registry editor and restart the computer, but to no avail.

I went in and changed the computer name, and deleted the previous owner and change the owner registration name.

When I change the computer name and reboot, the computer starts back up with the same computer name as it had before I changed it. So, the name is not taking.

I loaded Firefox to disk from a different computer and installed it into the computer I just bought. Firefox does not attempt to take me to a microsoft site, but I can not access the internet with Firefox either.

I have checked to make sure the wireless is getting a signal. I looked at Internet Options click Connections and made sure the 'never dial a connection' tab is checked.

I looked at LAN Settings and made sure everything was deselected. I later changed this and selected Automatically detect settings.

I went to ipconfig and pressed enter. Made sure I was getting an IP address.

The wireless adapter appears to be enabled in Device Manager.

Went to Network Connections and Manage Connections and ensured I was picking up a network and that I had the correct password.

I have disconnected the Netix adapter and unplugged my router and plugged them all back in to reboot, but that did not work either.

I am not sure if there is a setting I am missing that is keeping me from getting online. Or if there is a virus in the computer.

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