QUOTE(Rick91981 @ Apr 2 2010, 08:08 PM)
Sorry for the delay in the response. Busy as hell with work doing shitty hours so I wont be around much except on weekends until the hours change.
Don't worry about it. I'm just greatful you're willing to answer our dumb-ass questions.
Everyone here owes you a beer or dinner by this point.
You should not need any linksys drivers to get the computer online. As a matter of fact, don't install any linksys software of any kind ever. It is just useless bloat.
Um....NOW I know.
I managed to get the old drivers installed. Should I take them out? I have 400+ Gb of space...
Now to start off, is the vista machine connected wired or wireless?
Wired. It's the desktop (computer #1 in my network). The laptop is XP and wireless (computer #2)
If wireless, you may need to enter a WEP or WPA code in order to connect to the network. If wired, it is possible the linksys is not configured for DHCP or is MAC filtered. Have you tried simply rebooting the router and the modem? First unplug both devices, then plug in the modem and wait about 2 minutes. Then plug in the linksys and wait another 2 minutes. Then turn on your computer and test the connection.
Good news - I rehooked everything up from scratch (meaning I literally first had everything disconnected and unplugged) I have net on both machines. Granted, I think this is a bit strange, since the EXACT same connections before were troublesome, but whatever, I suppose. However...
This would all depend on how it was setup initially. Did someone configure it for you? The more details you can give me the easier it is to help. If all else fails, you may be best off resetting the linksys to factory settings and starting over from scratch(this is easy and can be done and setup within 15 minutes).
...my old network no longer exists, per se. On the Vista machine (desktop, computer #1), the network map sees (what I believe to be) the laptop (Gateway XP machine, wireless, computer #2). HOWEVER...on my laptop's wireless connection page, my Linksys connection doesn't have any sort of password and appears open. Obviously, I want to encrypt it/lock it.
So - as I put this whole thing together myself:
Should I remake the network from scratch? How do I do that?
How do I assign the wireless signal a password?
I apologize if any of this sounds confusing...I'm not versed on a lot of the "lingo!"