Aside from the fact that I'm 68 and totally new to wireless, I'm at a loss to figure this out:
Got my new (to me) laptop and loaded it with Streets and Trips 2004, Delorme Street Atlas 2004, my GPS drivers, and my picture loading software. Windows XP got it all working fine.
The laptop already had a Microsoft MN-520 802.11b PCMCIA card installed, and it was working fine when I bought it on Friday.
I loaded Netscape 7.2 (as my browser, to use for email and newsgroups) and drove down to the Travel America truckstop to try it out. When I got there, the laptop indeed identified TA as a hotspot and connected. So far so good. I get out my credit card to buy some time.
But, when I clicked on Netscape, it showed that the the network is connecting, then nothing. The first time I tried this a few weeks ago (with a Netgear WG511 card on my old WIN 98 laptop), Internet Explorer brought up a Travel America page with payment instructions to continue.
This time with Netscape, nothing. My signal reads 3 bars ("good") and it says I'm connected, but I can't sign in to TA to pay to get on line.
Keep in mind that I know absolutely nothing about wifi, or any of the buzz words, nor am I familiar with XP. I've gone thru every thing I can think of, but that ain't much, since I'm so new to all this wifi stuff.
Help, please? Can you tell from any of this, what am I doing wrong, or what more information do I need to provide you with?
It's a Fujitsu 400MHz laptop with about 160 Mb of RAM, and it showed that it was connected to the TA hotspot at 11Mps. The XP "wireless wizard" config screens weren't much help, since I didn't understand the choices they were asking me to make, using terms I didn't know.
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