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Old 01-10-2011, 10:24 PM
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Default Cannot acquire network address on my Dell laptop

I'm so glad I found this forum. My issue with my Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop also occurred very suddenly, and it had been connecting wirelessly with my Linksys router for about a year with no issues, and then one morning the dreaded "acquiring network address" issue popped up.

I have tried many different things, all to no avail.

1) Reinstalled Dell wireless card driver

2) Disabled firewall/antivirus software

3) Deleted existing network connection in my laptop

4) Removed encryption from router settings and tried to reconnect

5) Tried to repair wireless network connection

6) Rebooted my router and modem

7) Hard reset my Linksys router (using paper clip)

I have tried everything I could think of, and even went to McDonald's two days ago to see if I could connect to the free wireless network there - I encountered the very same issue, and got the stupid "acquiring network address" message again.

If I'm not able to connect at home as well as at other locations, that leads me to believe that the fault probably rests somewhere with my Dell laptop configuration/settings.

Any advice on what else I can do to troubleshoot this? I'll try connecting to one more free wireless network at a local pizza place here, but my gut feeling is that I'm going to encounter this same error message there as well.

Thanks,
Paul
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:56 AM
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there are 2 things u could still do
1. update the drivers of your network adapter to the latest ones on the adapter's website.

2. do a windows update on the laptop

when all are done try connecting now and let me know what happened.
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:44 AM
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there are 2 things u could still do
1. update the drivers of your network adapter to the latest ones on the adapter's website.

2. do a windows update on the laptop

when all are done try connecting now and let me know what happened.
Hi,

As I've mentioned above, I am connecting wirelessly, not via Ethernet.

I've already updated my Dell wireless card driver. I'm pretty sure I can connect via Ethernet, will give it a try.

Do I just do the recommended Windows update on my laptop?

Thanks,
Paul
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:13 PM
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Default Same problem

Paul,
I have a dell Inspiron 1405 running XP with the same exact problem.
The wireless worked fine in a hotel, the next day it didn't. It said it was acquiring network address. The same thing happens if I use the LAN. I am home and the other computer works on the wireless, but the I still have the same problem with the dell.

If I can't get on the internet at all on the laptop, how do I check for windows updates?

Did you ever fix yours, if so, how?

Thanks

Jeff
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:57 AM
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Default tomrefrg

i have the same problem. just changed from a phone modem with route built in to a cable modem. had to buy a router and got what i thoought was a pretty good one....DLink. when i had the phone modem, i had no problem. now that i have cable modem and my own personal router. the windows 7 computer works wirelessly, the windows vista computer is hooked into the modem with ethernet. bt the two computers with windows xp are sensing the router but asking for some sort of certificate. haven't been able to figure out who i get this certificate from.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:33 PM
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Interesting stuff. I have an Acer netbook that shows 'acquiring network address' when attempting to connect to my Belkin router when WPA security is enabled. It displays that then eventually times out. All other computers connect easily, and this computer connects to every other wireless wpa protected system I have tried. Belkin gave me a replacement modem/rouuter - the same model, but the same problem exists. Acer renewed wireless card and even replace the hard drive and reloaded os (XP) with all updates. No joy. To recap - all other computers I have tried connect to this modem/router, and the computer connects to every other wpa system I have tried, and that's heaps of them because I have carted this unit to six or more different countries even. Works with ethernet cable, works with wep enabled, but that is no good so I use the system with mac filtering. Every expert I can find has had a go at this - but no luck.
Seems as thought the two units just do not like each other!

Last edited by fungus pudding; 04-20-2011 at 11:36 PM.. Reason: correct omission
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:13 PM
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It's nice to know I'm not the only one with connection troubles.
Cheers
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