I got a free IBM Thinkpad a month ago, but I had to remove the old HDD to do a clean install of XP Pro on the system. I flashed the bios with the latest version, updated all of the drivers and got the laptop up and running. The laptop Wi-Fi adapter appears to be functioning properly, but it won't pull an ip from my wireless router. I've put a static ip on the laptop and it appears to be connected to my wireless router, but when I go into my router I only see the MAC of the laptop, but not an ip. The router lists it as an unknown device.
Does anyone know of a fix or settings that might correct this issue?
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Can you get to the router settings from the laptop? Can you get online? Just because you typed in the static IP doesn't mean it's established a connection. Did the thinkpad connect to the router before the wipe and is the MAC address just in stored memory on the router? What's your router's model?
I can browse the web through the ethernet port of the laptop just fine. If I don't put a static ip (instead of DHCP) for the internal wi-fi adapter, it says I have limited connectivity because the wireless network did not assign an ip. The wireless adapter clearly sees my router and all of the available wireless networks in the neighborhood. I just don't understand why my router refuses to assign it an ip, when I have no problems with the 360, PS3, (2) iphones, a Dell laptop and a PC connecting to it.
The router is a Westell 9100EM, provided by Verizon.
Last edited by gamevet; 19 Dec 2011 at 08:20 PM.
Man, I'm a dumbass. I had the WEP key entered wrong. What's really sad is I checked it out twice and didn't notice that 2 letters were reversed when I wrote them down.