My grandparents got me a used T42 (XP SP2, 1.5 GHz processor) as a main computer, a role previously filled by a MacBook that is required by my school and has too many inherent problems to function property as my main machine. It is USED and lacks a warranty. It was fully serviced, apparently, by the tech staff at my grandpa's company. So you'd think it would be in fully working condition.
It has ThinkVantage (don't know if this is standard on all of them or what), so it uses that as the default wireless connections manager. The wireless adapter is Intel PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mini PCI. It won't get online. It DID get online, long enough for me to download FireFox (after having been interrupted several times by random disconnects). Now it won't work with FF or IE.
It's connected with Excellent signal strength to my house's router, a Linksys Wireless-B (yeah, I know) unit. It does not have security, and the computer is set to recognize this. I'm posting from the Mac now, which is connected to the very same network and is working fine. So it's not an ISP issue. In TV's Diagnostic Tools, you can test connection the internet. I've done this a bunch of times, and sometimes, it says connection okay (still won't connect) and sometimes is says unable to access the internet, despite the connection to the router. Error code is 018, it says: "internet is not responding. verify the config of your firewall program." tried this with the firewall disabled. nothin'.
Tried all the obvious things like resetting the modem and router, restarting the computer, and running all of the applicable wizards. Called IBM, but no warranty, no support for you. I see MAC address on here, but don't know what that means. Could that have anything to do with it?
I am afraid that you have run into the same problem that I ran into when first connecting with a T series.
Can't say this any simpler. Replace your router. You will spend hours attampting to make this work (or may have already). No matter what you try it doesn't work. There is an incompatibility between the older Linksys router you describe and the T series wireless. I was never able to pinpoint the exact trouble but after spending hours and even days I could not get the wireless to work with that old Linksys wireless router.
Sorry to have to tell you this on your first post.
The good news is that after replacing this Linksys router the wireless worked perfectly instantly. So if you want to save some time, well I already said it.
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Well better that than it be a problem with the computer. I'll talk with the router company and the ISP about this one. thanks guys.jdhurst wrote: For certain, it is not an endemic problem on T-model ThinkPads (not my own, and not my clients). .... JDH
I have a Linksys WRT54G and my Thinkpad T42 would disconnect a lot with the Linksys firmware. It was really frustrating. I thought it was the wireless card in my Thinkpad. But it ended up being my router. So I stumbled upon the DD-WRT firmware, and my connection has been rock solid ever since.
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