Compaq notebook wifi connection

  SallyC 13:44 26 Sep 2010
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I have bought a Compaq Presario notebook for my niece - Windows Me os & a BT Voyager Wireless adaptor. I am trying to get it to see my router but when I go into start/settings/ there is no wireless option only dial-up networking, which then takes me to modem settings only.
It has a PCMCIA card loaded - I ran the Compaq diagnostics & everything came up as working.
I don't know if this is the right area but the following report came up:
Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Compaq 56K V.90 HSF Mini PCI Modem
Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . COM3
Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _B2.1_V2.14.20B

Network Controller . . . . . . . . . . . BT Voyager 1020 Laptop Adapter
Adapter Address . . . . . . . . . . . 00-90-96-68-5B-B1
Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PCMCIA
Input/Output Range . . . . . . . . . . 1440-145FH
Interrupt Request . . . . . . . . . . 04
Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BTNet.sys
Protocol(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . TCP/IP
Windows Sockets Version . . . . . . . 2.2
Adapter Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ethernet
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Broadcast
IP Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169.254.227.4
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255.255.0.0
DHCP Enabled . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yes
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255.255.255.255

As it's a notebook it does not have a RJ-45 port so can't test it with an ethernet cable. Am getting desperate - help please!

  Pineman100 13:56 26 Sep 2010

The BT Voyager self-help centre might be of some help to you: click here

  Ashrich 14:34 26 Sep 2010

As wireless wasn't too well used with ME I suggest you look in start/programs for anything BT related , their wireless utility program , if loaded , will be there , if not , download it from click here

Ashley

  woodchip 15:25 26 Sep 2010

So is the Wireless Adapter, a PCMCIA card or a USB Dongle? In either case you should start the software loading before plugging in Hardware, it will tell you to plug hardware in at a point part way through install of software

  woodchip 15:27 26 Sep 2010

You can buy a PCMCIA Ethernet Adapter card to let you connect by cable

  tullie 15:30 26 Sep 2010

Laptops/notebooks can be connected with an ethernet cable,dont they?At least mine does.

  mgmcc 15:31 26 Sep 2010

As Windows ME doesn't have native support for wireless networking, you need to use the software that came with the wireless adapter to connect. Does this support Windows ME?

At the moment, the adapter hasn't connected to the router and, in the absence of a DHCP server, Windows has defaulted to allocating a "169.254" address, which won't let you connect to the router or the internet.

  tullie 15:31 26 Sep 2010

I thought all Laptops/notebooks can be connected with an ethernet cable?

  SallyC 15:58 26 Sep 2010

The person I bought it from has been using it on line using a BT Voyager 1020 Laptop Adaptor which is a PCMIA card plugged into the side. All the software was already loaded & the red light is on. Looking at BT Voyager help site, I'm wondering if I need the voyager setup disc (which I don't have) to change the router from BT to my Belkin.
Has anyone used one of these Voyager Adaptors? Is this the case?
Woodchip - I didn't understand the link for Ethernet Adaptor card - it seemed to be pointing at Netgear Prosecure?

  SallyC 16:00 26 Sep 2010

Just to add - when I followed my router's instructions as follows:
Belkin instructions says : Start/Settings/Network & dial-up connections
I only get : start/settings/dial-up networking - when I click on that it says
Make a New Connection and BTClickC
When I click on New Connection it comes up with:
Standard 1200 bps Modem or Compaq 56K HSF Mini PCI Modem
Whichever I click on then takes me through a dial-up setup not wireless.

  mgmcc 16:09 26 Sep 2010

Forget trying to connect from the Start menu. You need to run the wireless networking software provided with the adapter. That will have an option to "Scan for Available Wireless Networks". When it finds the one whose SSID (network name) matches that of your router, you select that network and there should be a button to "Connect".

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