make sure the USB is compatible with Vista.
Vista incompatible issues
Some switches or routers may not compatible with Vista - Solutions:
upgrade the firmware, ... As we know some router DHCP is not compatible with
Vista. ... www.chicagotech.net/vista/vistacompatible.htm
Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com
"Walter Blanchard" <Walter_B@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I'm wondering if my USB wireless client is about to fail. Yesterday, I
> could no longer connect to either my home workgroup or the Internet from
> my Vista x64 box. All had been working fine until then. After fooling
> with every possible combination of hardware and software possibilities for
> the problem, I finally did what I should have done first.
> I ran ipconfig and the results showed the IPv4 address to be one of those
> 169.xxx.xxx.xxx addresses. The setting were to automatically get IP
> address and DNS server. So, that explains why the computer wasn't on the
> workgroup or couldn't get to the Internet.
> I manually set the IPv4 address to one in the range of my LAN 192.168.x.x
> and filled in the ISP's DNS server address. Everything is working fine
> Could the fact that the USB device didn't automatically find the IP
> address, etc. be the warning of a hardware failure? Should I start
> looking for another? Finding a USB wireless client that works with Vista
> x64 won't be easy.
> Walter B