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Thanks in advance for reading and possibly helping. My problem is as follows:

I have a wireless router (bellsouth fast access DSL lite), and a netopia usb (TURGNUSB2) card. On restart I get a connection, including an IP address assignment. Wireless adapter shows connected. Can't get online or renew my IP address. I have the latest drivers I can find for anything btw. So I disconnect and reconnect. At this point I have to re-enter my 10 digit WEP key, because it shows a masked 8-digit WEP key. Connection happens, and I wait minutes and minutes for an IP assignment. Usually doesn't happen. Disconnect, reconnect (reentering WEP Key). No dice. Disconnect, reconnect ad nausea. Eventually I magically connect and get an IP address in seconds (with only 1 out of ten pages with connection reset). I know the router works fantastically, it connects to every computer on every OS I've tried, every time. I know the USB card works, because it works in XP32 Vista32 Vista64 and Win7 64. Signal strength always ranges between Good and Extra High. I read about old wireless connection troubles in XP supposedly fixed in Service Pack 2. I tried the Wireless update anyway KB862854 for XP x64 (specifically 64bit), which shows up as for the wrong machine and doesn't install at all.

The only thing I can think of is that possibly the WEP key gets messed up, perhaps being 128-bit only or something (I wonder if there is a registry key I could change). I can't tell what it is trying to report, because I can't find an unmasked listing of those 8 digits, even though I type in all 10. I've read about Power Management issues, and disabled that on all of my network components. I can't find any wireless issues related to the nForce network controller. I also thought it might be my LAC3 (Microsoft TV/Video connection) interfering, but that is now gone entirely (I never had a tv card in anyway, so it makes no sense that that was available).

I absolutely have 0 viruses, this is a clean install of XP x64 as of this morning.

Please help, I've tried nothing and I'm all out of options. I really don't want to run an ethernet cable under my house to reach my router.

XP x64 (sp2)
Netopia USB Wireless
2Wire Router
(nForce network controller for ASUS LNI-1-64-sli if that matters)


EDIT: Additionally, It does not appear that I have Wireless Zero Conf at all. The only service is Wireless Configuration.
 

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Try these simple tests.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD (COMMAND for W98/WME) to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands one at a time, followed by the Enter key:

NOTE: For the items below in red surrounded with < >, see comments below for the actual information content, they are value substitutions from the previous IPCONFIG command output! Do NOT type <computer_IP_address> into the command, that won't work. Also, the < and > in the text is to identify the parameters, they are also NOT used in the actual commands.

Do NOT include the <> either, they're just to identify the values for substitution.

IPCONFIG /ALL

PING <computer_IP_address>

PING <default_gateway_address>

PING <dns_servers>

PING 74.125.45.100

PING yahoo.com

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

<computer_IP_address> - The IP Address of your computer, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above. (For Vista/Win7, the IPv4 Address)

<default_gateway_address> - The IP address of the Default Gateway, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above.

<dns_servers> - The IP address of the first (or only) address for DNS Servers, obtained from the IPCONFIG command above.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
 

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Results:


Microsoft Windows [Version 5.2.3790]
(C) Copyright 1985-2003 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : grande64
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : gateway.2wire.net

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1D-60-C2-87-A1

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller #2
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1D-60-C2-88-05

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Wireless USB Card #2
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-D0-41-B9-84-DB
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.68
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, November 30, 2009 10:57:40 AM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, December 01, 2009 10:57:40 AM

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping 192.168.1.68

Pinging 192.168.1.68 with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.1.68: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.1.68: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.1.68: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from 192.168.1.68: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for 192.168.1.68:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping 192.168.1.254

Pinging 192.168.1.254 with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=255
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=255
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=255
Reply from 192.168.1.254: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=255

Ping statistics for 192.168.1.254:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 2ms, Maximum = 3ms, Average = 2ms

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping 74.125.45.100

Pinging 74.125.45.100 with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 74.125.45.100: bytes=32 time=39ms TTL=51
Reply from 74.125.45.100: bytes=32 time=39ms TTL=51
Reply from 74.125.45.100: bytes=32 time=36ms TTL=51
Reply from 74.125.45.100: bytes=32 time=38ms TTL=51

Ping statistics for 74.125.45.100:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 36ms, Maximum = 39ms, Average = 38ms

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>ping www.yahoo.com

Pinging www-real.wa1.b.yahoo.com [69.147.76.15] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 69.147.76.15: bytes=32 time=53ms TTL=49
Reply from 69.147.76.15: bytes=32 time=54ms TTL=49
Reply from 69.147.76.15: bytes=32 time=55ms TTL=49
Reply from 69.147.76.15: bytes=32 time=54ms TTL=49

Ping statistics for 69.147.76.15:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 53ms, Maximum = 55ms, Average = 54ms

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>
 

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Additionally #2: I have read that wireless configuration in Windows XP can have lots of trouble. I am currently trying my hardest to find the real Netopia 3-D Reach Wireless Configuration Utility (for download) so that I may skip the Windows Wireless. I am not having any luck anything but the drivers, not the configuration utility itself.

Thanks for responding thus far JohnWill.
 

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Well, the connection was working for the test, I guess you knew that. All the randomness sounds like either hardware or driver issues. Given that this is XP-64, I'd have to lean to driver issues, the 64 bit drivers for XP are few and buggy.
 

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Thanks JohnWill, I agree fully. I haven't not had some driver trouble or another since I bought it.

For everyone else with this trouble:
After two days of hassle and a reformat, here is how I "fixed" it (I swear I'm not schilling for them). I installed Avanquest Connection Manager Free Edition and disabled Wireless Configuration in services.msc (stop as well as changing startup profile to manual). I have no idea whether or not this software is safe. I can't imagine a business offering something free, with nothing to gain except a potential business-class customer someday in the future. I can't find any reviews saying yea or nay. I have used it for 30 minutes and nothing bad has happened.

Long story short, nearly instant connection and obtained IP address on reboot, every time. No hassle.

Thanks Avanquest, I hope you aren't viruses or malware or spyware or spammers or advertising affiliates allowing a bunch of popups through.

I sure hope Win7-64 is better.
 

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I'm running Windows 7 64-bit, so far drivers are a non-issue. I've connected three different wireless adapters to mine, and it managed to find the drivers automatically and connect.
 
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