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Vista "Local only" connection problem

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nick.n

#1
I have been running Vista on my laptop with no problems since March
until this morning. Suddenly I was presented with "Unidentified
network" and "Local only". I have tried a myriad of suggestions found
in posts on the net but nothing has helped thus far.

My router is a Netgear DG834G and the laptop running vista has an
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network adapter.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks
Nick
 
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Robert L. \(MS-MVP\)

#2
Have you tried Microsoft update? Or these links may help,

Windows Vista Update and downloadPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:03 pm Post
subject: Windows Vista Update and download, Reply with quote. Microsoft just
release a new update 941649 on 10/25/07. ...
www.chicagotech.net/netforums/viewtopic.php?t=859

Vista issuesthe Vista laptop has limited connectivity to "Unidentified
network". ... The Vista Unidentified Network or Limited Connectivity could
be hardware, ...
www.chicagotech.net/vista/vistanetissues.htm



--
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Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on
http://www.ChicagoTech.net
How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on
http://www.HowToNetworking.com


<nick.n@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:1194398953.785948.263260@xxxxxx

>I have been running Vista on my laptop with no problems since March
> until this morning. Suddenly I was presented with "Unidentified
> network" and "Local only". I have tried a myriad of suggestions found
> in posts on the net but nothing has helped thus far.
>
> My router is a Netgear DG834G and the laptop running vista has an
> Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network adapter.
>
> Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
>
> Many thanks
> Nick
>
 
D

Daniel

#3
Mine is having the same problem as of this morning to and my tech department
at work advised the in windows XP that there is something called winsock that
needs to be cleared out. But so far everyone that i have talked to does not
know how to clear it out in Vista yet i am searching for a way to do it and
if i find out what to do i will post it or if you find out please post it on
here i would appreciate it. I hope this helps you as a start in your search
for answers.

"Robert L. (MS-MVP)" wrote:

> Have you tried Microsoft update? Or these links may help,
>
> Windows Vista Update and downloadPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 6:03 pm Post
> subject: Windows Vista Update and download, Reply with quote. Microsoft just
> release a new update 941649 on 10/25/07. ...
> www.chicagotech.net/netforums/viewtopic.php?t=859
>
> Vista issuesthe Vista laptop has limited connectivity to "Unidentified
> network". ... The Vista Unidentified Network or Limited Connectivity could
> be hardware, ...
> www.chicagotech.net/vista/vistanetissues.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
>
>
> <nick.n@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:1194398953.785948.263260@xxxxxx

> >I have been running Vista on my laptop with no problems since March
> > until this morning. Suddenly I was presented with "Unidentified
> > network" and "Local only". I have tried a myriad of suggestions found
> > in posts on the net but nothing has helped thus far.
> >
> > My router is a Netgear DG834G and the laptop running vista has an
> > Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network adapter.
> >
> > Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
> >
> > Many thanks
> > Nick
> >
>
>
 
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nick.n

#4
Thanks for your reply Robert L. I had read those posts before posting
on here. I am trying to recall the exact circumstances of the failure
yesterday morning.

When I first powered on my laptop it booted and connected to the
network without any problems. Now, I am not 100% sure, but I think
Norton AV 2007 installed an update and requested a reboot after which
all networking failed. I cannot even connect with a cable to the
router.

When I check the status of the wireless adapter it just has a 169
address and no gateway, dns, etc.

TIA

Nick
 
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Robert L. \(MS-MVP\)

#5
If you receive 169 IP, that mean the computer can't receive the IP from
DHCP. Try to assign static IP. Or disable IPv6 completely. This how to may
help,

How to disable IPv6 and Tunnel on Vista
http://www.chicagotech.net/netforums/viewtopic.php?t=2102

--
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


<nick.n@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:1194426869.052042.278260@xxxxxx

> Thanks for your reply Robert L. I had read those posts before posting
> on here. I am trying to recall the exact circumstances of the failure
> yesterday morning.
>
> When I first powered on my laptop it booted and connected to the
> network without any problems. Now, I am not 100% sure, but I think
> Norton AV 2007 installed an update and requested a reboot after which
> all networking failed. I cannot even connect with a cable to the
> router.
>
> When I check the status of the wireless adapter it just has a 169
> address and no gateway, dns, etc.
>
> TIA
>
> Nick
>
 
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PTravel

#6
<nick.n@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:1194426869.052042.278260@xxxxxx

> Thanks for your reply Robert L. I had read those posts before posting
> on here. I am trying to recall the exact circumstances of the failure
> yesterday morning.
>
> When I first powered on my laptop it booted and connected to the
> network without any problems. Now, I am not 100% sure, but I think
> Norton AV 2007 installed an update and requested a reboot after which
> all networking failed. I cannot even connect with a cable to the
> router.
>
> When I check the status of the wireless adapter it just has a 169
> address and no gateway, dns, etc.
>
> TIA
>
> Nick
First try this: in Device Manager, disable then re-enable your wireless NIC.
Then try this: in Device Manager, uninstall the wireless NIC and then let it
re-install automatically.

After doing the above: Disable IPv6.

Then, do a search on how to edit your registry to set the DHCP Broadcast
flag to 0 for your wireless adapter.
Finally, in Network Settings disable "connect to a more preferred network."

 
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realkool2

#7
i know this is old but i tried everything to fix the same for the last two
days and nothing worked until i found this. i uninstalled norton security
center from my acer aspire 5100 laptop. now i am back on the net. during the
uninstall process internet service return. none of the other advice worked
but this. norton has not allow windows updates on my laptop since november
2007. vista has ran smooth since intalling in may 2007 until 2 feb 2008. it
working now. thanks!!!!!

"PTravel" wrote:

>
> <nick.n@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:1194426869.052042.278260@xxxxxx

> > Thanks for your reply Robert L. I had read those posts before posting
> > on here. I am trying to recall the exact circumstances of the failure
> > yesterday morning.
> >
> > When I first powered on my laptop it booted and connected to the
> > network without any problems. Now, I am not 100% sure, but I think
> > Norton AV 2007 installed an update and requested a reboot after which
> > all networking failed. I cannot even connect with a cable to the
> > router.
> >
> > When I check the status of the wireless adapter it just has a 169
> > address and no gateway, dns, etc.
> >
> > TIA
> >
> > Nick
>
> First try this: in Device Manager, disable then re-enable your wireless NIC.
> Then try this: in Device Manager, uninstall the wireless NIC and then let it
> re-install automatically.
>
> After doing the above: Disable IPv6.
>
> Then, do a search on how to edit your registry to set the DHCP Broadcast
> flag to 0 for your wireless adapter.
> Finally, in Network Settings disable "connect to a more preferred network."
>
> >
>
 
R

Robert L. \(MS-MVP\)

#8
Thank you for the feedback.

--
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


"realkool2" <realkool2@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:BBA3459A-5870-40F8-9A48-4AF11AB7D9D4@xxxxxx

>i know this is old but i tried everything to fix the same for the last two
> days and nothing worked until i found this. i uninstalled norton security
> center from my acer aspire 5100 laptop. now i am back on the net. during
> the
> uninstall process internet service return. none of the other advice worked
> but this. norton has not allow windows updates on my laptop since november
> 2007. vista has ran smooth since intalling in may 2007 until 2 feb 2008.
> it
> working now. thanks!!!!!
>
> "PTravel" wrote:
>

>>
>> <nick.n@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:1194426869.052042.278260@xxxxxx

>> > Thanks for your reply Robert L. I had read those posts before posting
>> > on here. I am trying to recall the exact circumstances of the failure
>> > yesterday morning.
>> >
>> > When I first powered on my laptop it booted and connected to the
>> > network without any problems. Now, I am not 100% sure, but I think
>> > Norton AV 2007 installed an update and requested a reboot after which
>> > all networking failed. I cannot even connect with a cable to the
>> > router.
>> >
>> > When I check the status of the wireless adapter it just has a 169
>> > address and no gateway, dns, etc.
>> >
>> > TIA
>> >
>> > Nick
>>
>> First try this: in Device Manager, disable then re-enable your wireless
>> NIC.
>> Then try this: in Device Manager, uninstall the wireless NIC and then let
>> it
>> re-install automatically.
>>
>> After doing the above: Disable IPv6.
>>
>> Then, do a search on how to edit your registry to set the DHCP Broadcast
>> flag to 0 for your wireless adapter.
>> Finally, in Network Settings disable "connect to a more preferred
>> network."
>>
>> >>
>>
 
D

dbcarolina

#9
I have been having a similar problem..but my toshiba satellite with Vista
works with the wireless connections for a local and internet access, but then
if the laptop goes into sleep or hibernate mode if I am not typing on it for
a length of time, then the wireless connection turns into a local only
connection and I have to restart the computer for it to reconnect to local
AND INTERNET (I have tried diagnose & repair, and disconnecting and
reconnecting but that doesn't work). This restarting is such a waste of
time, hopefully you can help me...
thanks

"Robert L. (MS-MVP)" wrote:

> Thank you for the feedback.
>
> --
> 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
>
>
> "realkool2" <realkool2@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:BBA3459A-5870-40F8-9A48-4AF11AB7D9D4@xxxxxx

> >i know this is old but i tried everything to fix the same for the last two
> > days and nothing worked until i found this. i uninstalled norton security
> > center from my acer aspire 5100 laptop. now i am back on the net. during
> > the
> > uninstall process internet service return. none of the other advice worked
> > but this. norton has not allow windows updates on my laptop since november
> > 2007. vista has ran smooth since intalling in may 2007 until 2 feb 2008.
> > it
> > working now. thanks!!!!!
> >
> > "PTravel" wrote:
> >

> >>
> >> <nick.n@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> >> news:1194426869.052042.278260@xxxxxx
> >> > Thanks for your reply Robert L. I had read those posts before posting
> >> > on here. I am trying to recall the exact circumstances of the failure
> >> > yesterday morning.
> >> >
> >> > When I first powered on my laptop it booted and connected to the
> >> > network without any problems. Now, I am not 100% sure, but I think
> >> > Norton AV 2007 installed an update and requested a reboot after which
> >> > all networking failed. I cannot even connect with a cable to the
> >> > router.
> >> >
> >> > When I check the status of the wireless adapter it just has a 169
> >> > address and no gateway, dns, etc.
> >> >
> >> > TIA
> >> >
> >> > Nick
> >>
> >> First try this: in Device Manager, disable then re-enable your wireless
> >> NIC.
> >> Then try this: in Device Manager, uninstall the wireless NIC and then let
> >> it
> >> re-install automatically.
> >>
> >> After doing the above: Disable IPv6.
> >>
> >> Then, do a search on how to edit your registry to set the DHCP Broadcast
> >> flag to 0 for your wireless adapter.
> >> Finally, in Network Settings disable "connect to a more preferred
> >> network."
> >>
> >>
> >> >
> >>
> >>
>
>
 
R

Robert L. \(MS-MVP\)

#10
The NIC driver or router firmware may need to upgrade. To confirm it, please
post the result of ipconfig /all after it is local only.

--
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


"dbcarolina" <dbcarolina@xxxxxx> wrote in message
news:E9C2A585-C5D0-4F15-9BFF-B95B48863A83@xxxxxx

>I have been having a similar problem..but my toshiba satellite with Vista
> works with the wireless connections for a local and internet access, but
> then
> if the laptop goes into sleep or hibernate mode if I am not typing on it
> for
> a length of time, then the wireless connection turns into a local only
> connection and I have to restart the computer for it to reconnect to local
> AND INTERNET (I have tried diagnose & repair, and disconnecting and
> reconnecting but that doesn't work). This restarting is such a waste of
> time, hopefully you can help me...
> thanks
>
> "Robert L. (MS-MVP)" wrote:
>

>> Thank you for the feedback.
>>
>> --
>> 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
>>
>>
>> "realkool2" <realkool2@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:BBA3459A-5870-40F8-9A48-4AF11AB7D9D4@xxxxxx

>> >i know this is old but i tried everything to fix the same for the last
>> >two
>> > days and nothing worked until i found this. i uninstalled norton
>> > security
>> > center from my acer aspire 5100 laptop. now i am back on the net.
>> > during
>> > the
>> > uninstall process internet service return. none of the other advice
>> > worked
>> > but this. norton has not allow windows updates on my laptop since
>> > november
>> > 2007. vista has ran smooth since intalling in may 2007 until 2 feb
>> > 2008.
>> > it
>> > working now. thanks!!!!!
>> >
>> > "PTravel" wrote:
>> >
>> >>
>> >> <nick.n@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> >> news:1194426869.052042.278260@xxxxxx
>> >> > Thanks for your reply Robert L. I had read those posts before
>> >> > posting
>> >> > on here. I am trying to recall the exact circumstances of the
>> >> > failure
>> >> > yesterday morning.
>> >> >
>> >> > When I first powered on my laptop it booted and connected to the
>> >> > network without any problems. Now, I am not 100% sure, but I think
>> >> > Norton AV 2007 installed an update and requested a reboot after
>> >> > which
>> >> > all networking failed. I cannot even connect with a cable to the
>> >> > router.
>> >> >
>> >> > When I check the status of the wireless adapter it just has a 169
>> >> > address and no gateway, dns, etc.
>> >> >
>> >> > TIA
>> >> >
>> >> > Nick
>> >>
>> >> First try this: in Device Manager, disable then re-enable your
>> >> wireless
>> >> NIC.
>> >> Then try this: in Device Manager, uninstall the wireless NIC and then
>> >> let
>> >> it
>> >> re-install automatically.
>> >>
>> >> After doing the above: Disable IPv6.
>> >>
>> >> Then, do a search on how to edit your registry to set the DHCP
>> >> Broadcast
>> >> flag to 0 for your wireless adapter.
>> >> Finally, in Network Settings disable "connect to a more preferred
>> >> network."
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >>
>>
>>
 
#11
The Solution--At least mine.

Ok, so I have been over, under, and through every forum concerning this issue. Tried everything: resetting adapter, refreshing ipconfig, disconnected and restarted all equipment, reinstalled drivers, factory reset router. Nothing seemed to work, until I came across a post that said to set your ip address yourself. So here's what you do:
1.Go to network and sharing center (right click on your connection icon, lower right on screen, click network and sharing).
2.Click on Manage Network Connection to the right of this window
3.Now right click on the adapter you are trying to use and select properties.
4.Click on ipv4 Internet and click properties
5.Ok, so now you need your routers IP, you can get to this if you have access to the router. I have a netgear router and set the following:
IP Address 192.168.1.3 (The reason the end is 3 is so it doesn't conflict with my other computer)
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway 192.168.1.1
Preferred DNS: 192.168.1.1

I'm pretty sure these are the same for most routers, but I could be wrong. Double check by googling your router or just by accessing your router. i.e. for netgear, it is routerlogin.net.

After you change all these things manually you should be up and ready to go.

One more thing: PASS THIS ON. There are so many frustrated people in forums, and looking for a solution to this stupid Vista Problem(the people at microsoft should really fix this.
 
#12
Re: The Solution--At least mine.

Ok, so I have been over, under, and through every forum concerning this issue. Tried everything: resetting adapter, refreshing ipconfig, disconnected and restarted all equipment, reinstalled drivers, factory reset router. Nothing seemed to work, until I came across a post that said to set your ip address yourself. So here's what you do:
1.Go to network and sharing center (right click on your connection icon, lower right on screen, click network and sharing).
2.Click on Manage Network Connection to the right of this window
3.Now right click on the adapter you are trying to use and select properties.
4.Click on ipv4 Internet and click properties
5.Ok, so now you need your routers IP, you can get to this if you have access to the router. I have a netgear router and set the following:
IP Address 192.168.1.3 (The reason the end is 3 is so it doesn't conflict with my other computer)
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway 192.168.1.1
Preferred DNS: 192.168.1.1

I'm pretty sure these are the same for most routers, but I could be wrong. Double check by googling your router or just by accessing your router. i.e. for netgear, it is routerlogin.net.

After you change all these things manually you should be up and ready to go.

One more thing: PASS THIS ON. There are so many frustrated people in forums, and looking for a solution to this stupid Vista Problem(the people at microsoft should really fix this.
I have been having the same problem (connected to network, Local Only), and I just tried these steps and still no connection....I'm getting so frustrated that I might just reformat my laptop...