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Old 01-03-2010, 11:43 PM
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Default Why does Repair work for "Acquiring network address"

After searching the forum I've read quite a few posts on the topic of "Acquiring network address". However I haven't seen anyone claim to be able to fix the problem each time it occurs by using the built-in Repair facility, so I'm wondering if it might be an indicator as to the real cause of the problem. Here's the situation...

On my small network I have two computers that make a wireless connection to my Linksys WRT54GL (flashed with DD-WRT). Both the Netbook and the desktop PC are running XP-SP3.

The Netbook is in an adjacent room and about 20-30 feet from the router, yet it always establishes its connection and gets an IP almost instantly when it is fired up. It's a Dell Mini 9 with whatever wireless electronics Dell uses.

The desktop is only about 6 feet from the router, and the Wireless card is a Linksys, same brand as the router. The problem is that it frequently continues to report "Acquiring network address" for more than half an hour after entering Windows. Forty minutes is the longest I've left it before interceding.

But it's not just a matter of "Acquiring network address". There isn't any communication with the router at all, because during this phase I can't connect to the router's IP via the browser (Firefox returns "Unable to connect") and nor can I ping it ("Destination host unreachable"). For this reason any suggestions to use a fixed IP won't resolve the issue.

The only way I can recover is to right-click the Wireless Network Connection icon in the System Tray, click Repair, and let it do its thing. Then it invariably comes good fairly quickly. Seems to me that would eliminate any possibility that its a driver related problem.

But it's a nuisance having to do that after every start-up, so I'd very much like to determine the reason and find a solution.

Any suggestions?
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