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WiFi connect okay with Laptop1 but not Laptop2

Last response: in Wireless Networking
September 28, 2012 6:33:03 PM

I have a Dell Studio 540 Desktop computer Running Windows Vista Home Premium.
I connect to the internet through a Netgear Wireless – G Router (WGR614 v9). The router is always set to WPA-PSK [TKIP].

I have two laptops that I want to connect to the wireless router.
Laptop 1 always connects WiFi okay. Even after I change the Router’s Name (SSID) and Passphrase (which I have done when troubleshooting . . .) it works okay.
All I have to do is go to “Network and Sharing Center” and then select “Manually connect to a wireless network” and put in the new info and Bingo, I’m connected again.
Laptop 1 works using WiFi real good all the time.

Laptop 2 works just fine with an Ethernet cable.
But Laptop 2 will not connect to the router over WiFi even when I perform the EXACT SAME IDENTICAL functions which I used on Laptop 1. (Even after I reboot Everything – Laptop 1 works, – Laptop 2 does not work.)
I took Laptop 2 to a McDonald’s Wifi Hotspot and it connected there just fine!
No Hardware Problems!

Can anyone give me some suggestions about connecting Laptop 2 to my Home Network?

Laptop 1 = Compaq Presario CQ60 (Windows 7 Home Premium)
Network adapters: (copied from “Device Manager)
Atheros AR5007 802.11 b/g Wifi Adapter
Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
Realtec RTL8102E/RTL8103E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)

Laptop 2 = eMachines E627 (Windows 7 Home Premium)
Network adapters: (copied from “Device Manager)
Atheros AR5B95 Wireless Network Adapter
Atheros AR8132 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20)

LAPTOP2 Sypmtoms:
I Click on Start / Control Panel / Network and Internet / Network and Sharing Center / Connect to a network:
A list of available Wifi connections appears.
I Click on “MyRouter’sName” (little sub-button labeled “Connect” comes up, . . . I click on that)
Message, “Type the network Security Key” (which I do, then click “OK”)
Then 3 Messages: “Windows was unable to connect to “MyRouter’s Name”.
“Troubleshoot Problems”
“Tell me more about Internet connection problems”
September 29, 2012 1:16:55 AM

I'm really sorry about the accidental duplicate post below.
I hope one of the moderators can delete it . . . . . . .

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