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  1. I gave Waterfox a try and set it as the default browser, but now every time I open Waterfox or Firefox I get the pop-up that it's checking add ons for compatibility before the program will open. Anyone know what I need to do to make it not do that? I wonder if it's because I'm using Waterfox 9.0 and Firefox 9.0.1? Do the two versions need to be the same?
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    wifi problem

    Still no love from Puppy as far as internet goes. First it tells me my wireless adapter is a Realtek, but it's not. Then I click through a maze of setup boxes and it eventually recognizes that my adapter is an Intel. More setup boxes appear, most of which I have no idea what it's asking me, and no matter what combination I click when I scan for networks a box pops telling me something failed. Not that it sees connections and not that it doesn't see connections. Just that something failed. It's far too novice user unfriendly, and a giant pain to have to close Puppy so I can open WIndows so I can surf the web for information. With Ubuntu all I had to do was click the connections icon and enter the key for that network and I'm connected. I appreciate the help, but Ubuntu works fine for me. Puppy needs to be euthanized
  3. David_L

    wifi problem

    I was curious what that persistence thing was all about. Not curious enough to look it up apparently. Many thanks!!
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    wifi problem

    Well I guess the Wireless AutoConfig was started all along, although I'm positive it didn't say it was, because DennisD' bottom picture is what I've always gotten when I click on the signal strength bars down in the task bar. It shows all the available connections and tells me I'm connected but also says Limited Access. Finally got Flash Player installed in Ubuntu. Was a matter of trial and error finding the right method online. The answer is probably obvious, but I'm booting from a USB now and every time I boot I have to install Flash again, and if Im at home I have to enter my router's key again. Is there no way to save this so I don't have to re-enter it each time, or is this because I'm running off a thumb drive?
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    wifi problem

    Well now I can't figure out how to install Flash Player on Ubuntu and I can't figure out how to even set up internet connections on Puppy. I really think this is some kind of sign from above that I shouldn't be watching youtube or Hulu at work <dave shakes his fist at the heavens>.
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    wifi problem

    Mine actually has a dedicated row of those switches, as well as the "F" keys. Toggling the wireless switch was one of the first things I did, but no luck. I've set the Wireless AutoConfig to automatic, but I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do after setting it to automatic. I rebooted, but still not connecting.
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    wifi problem

    Success!! I boot off the Linux Ubuntu CD and it connects just fine. So there's some hiccup between my Windows 7 and the hospital's routers, no? I'm on the first floor and I bet they heard me "WHOOP" all the way to the 6th floor when it connected. So I'm thinking I'll just install Linux, the CD is super slow, and use Linux while at work. Is one version of Linux better than another? What do you recommend? I know the issue isn't really fixed, if you have any more suggestions to fix the actual problem I'll gladly try them, but at least I have a work around now. I've been fighting this for 4 weeks now. Thank y'all so much!!
  8. David_L

    wifi problem

    No, the Wireless AutoConfig doesn't say "started" under Status. It does say "manual" under Startup Type. Should I change that to "automatic"? I will try the Live Linux CD. Is this one, the 64 bit Windows one, a suitable one? http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download I will contact our IT dept. But since this is a problem with my own personal computer, and since I'm at work and supposed to be doing other things, I really can't spend too much time fiddling with it. If only I could walk into their dept, drop it off and say "here, make it work".
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    wifi problem

    When I ping google.com it says ping request could not find host google.com. Please check the name and try again. Not sure if I'm looking in the right place for Services, but if I go to the task mgr and click the Services tab there's a button that says Services and a list pops up but there's no Wireless Zero Configuration. There is a Wireless AutoConfig with Startup Type Manual and a Wirelss PAN DHCP Server with Startup Type Manual. I've got the latest drivers off the Toshiba site. I've ran the Windows Network Diagnostics and it says contact the network admin if at a hotspot, otherwise reset the router or modem. Then says Wireless Network Connection doesn't have valid IP configuration. Not sure how to spoof MAC. Changing computer name didn't work. I work at a hospital and we offer free wifi to our patients and guests, and staff for personal use. No password required, it's an unsecured network. I know others with Windows 7 systems that connect just fine, as well as XP machines and smart phones. People were using the wifi today. I'm sure our IT crew keeps things updated and patched. I do the same with my laptop. On the Toshiba forum one guy suggests turning off Automatic Windows Updating after restoring the laptop to factory new settings, that probably a Windows update is the problem. But my laptop refused to connect even after restoring to factory settings. I really feel awkward about calling our IT dept and asking for help for my personal computer. It'd be like calling down to the ER and asking for free medical advice when I have a sore throat. The silly thing works perfectly everywhere else in the world. Just not at my workplace. Maybe someone is telling me I should work rather than surf the web. Or buy an HP or a Dell maybe.
  10. David_L

    wifi problem

    Sorry if this isn't a software problem, I'm not sure. I have a Windows 7 64 bit Toshiba laptop which suddenly refuses to connect to my work's unsecured wifi. I can connect fine to my secured wireless router at home and to other unsecured wifi hotspots in town (Starbucks, public library, etc). Toshiba tech support has been zero help, so I'm turning to y'all. My wifi adapter sees available networks at work, but won't connect. I get the yellow triangle with the exclamation point through it over the status bar icon in the task bar and when I click on it it says I'm connected but also says limited access and/or no internet access. I didn't change any settings to cause this that I know of, and like I said this just suddenly began happening about 4 weeks ago. I spoke to our IT dept and they said they haven't changed anything with their equipment around that time, and I can't really ask them for advice since this is a personal laptop. Also, I have an XP Dell that connects just fine and coworkers with various systems that connect just fine as well. I thought maybe the internal wifi adapter was shot so I hooked up an external USB one and it behaves just like the internal one. Sees lots of available networks, says it's connected but with "limited access". I downloaded a program called Xirrus and at home, where I can connect, everything looks good. But at work this is the info I get: Wireless SSID: GuestNetwork BSSID: Cisco - Linksys:2F:CC:BC Channel : 11 Signal: -58 dBm Mode: 802.11g Addresses MAC: 00:23:15:59:DE:90 IP: 169.254.232.225 DNS: N/A Gateway: N/A External IP: So I know the "N/A" under DNS and Gateway is a bad thing and I think the "IP: 169.254.xxx.xxx" is a bad thing too (at home it's like 192.xxx.xxx.xxx) and I think the External IP being blank is bad. I really don't know anything about wifi, so what am I looking at and what should I be trying to look at on my laptop to fix it? Things I have done with no success are restore the laptop to factory new conditions, disabled the Windows firewall, uninstalled and reinstalled the wifi adapter drivers, the drivers are up to date, disabled and reinabled the adapter, tried connecting in Safe Mode With Networking, bang head against wall, pull out hair, etc. All with no luck. Any ideas? Thanks. EDIT: I've also done the ipconfig /release, ipconfig /renew, etc as well.
  11. Maybe I should start off by telling y'all what I want to do. I have a 500 gig external Seagate hardrive which came with Mimeo loaded on it. I don't particularly like Mimeo, and Im not sure it will do what I want. What I want is to back up all the normal stuff (pictures, music, docs, etc) but also there's a couple of applications I'd lke to have copies for safe keeping. One app in particular is an old version of a freeware app called SportTracks, there is a newer version you have to pay for, and the older freeware version works fine for what I need. SportTracks creates logs from Garmin workout data (running, cycling, etc), I can't remember what format these files are in. Memeo seemed to have backed up the log files yesterday on the first original backup, but today it refused to update them. Also I'm pretty sure Memeo won't backup applications like SportTracks. So I'm wondering what y'all would recommend. Just copy and paste the SportTracks file to the external harddrive and use Windows 7 Backup or some other backup utility for daily backups of all the other files? Will simply copying the app file also take along with it the plugins associated with the app? All I want is for when the unthinkable happens, such as an internal harddrive crash, I have something on an external drive that will put my machine back like it was. I have the Toshiba recovery discs burned on DVD so if need be I can restore my machine to factory settings, but I know doing so will wipe everything else clean and I want to be able to put it right back how it was before it crashed. Thanks in advance!
  12. Safelite is just a national chain. Any local mom and pop auto-glass shop can do the same repairs. Check the local yellow pages, shop around. I only mention Safelite as it's who my insurance required me to use. I'm sure they have a contract with them.
  13. The "repair" rather than the "replace" method is all I've had done by them. I live in an area with lots of trucks hauling gravel, so unfortunately small chips to the glass are common. Chips in my paint too, but that's another story. The epoxy repairs are virtually invisible and, as far as I can tell, the repair is permanent. I live in a "mild to hotter than blazes" temperature zone, so water getting underneath the epoxy and freezing and popping it out isn't a concern. My understanding is that if the epoxy repair is done properly it shouldn't be a concern anywhere. In the end though it's the insurance company's call, unless I want to pay the difference. As I said, I've have good luck with Safelite twice, or maybe it was 3 times.
  14. I've used Safelite a couple of times with good results. They have locations all over, including the Chicago area.
  15. I'm going to pretend it does.
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