bill - this probably won't help you, but last month I bought a Dell XPS
laptop with Vista, and went through a very frustrating period trying to use
different public hotspots. I was able to use my new laptop wirelessly with my
home router immediately. I then tried to use it at a couple of different
T-Mobile HotSpots and two different Panera Bread locations. I couldn't get on
the internet at any of those locations. I then went back to all those
locations with both my new laptop and my old xp laptop. XP worked fine; Vista
wouldn't connect. After many frustrating hours with Dell Support telling me
that Starbuck's needs to upgrade their routers, I read some user thread that
suggested starting up in Safe Mode. (I can't remember exactly how to do
this...hit f8 or something when booting up...you should be able to search for
how to enter "safe mode" on your pc manufacturer site.) One of the options
that appears is "startup in safe mode and enable network connection". I tried
this and was immediately able to connect to Panera's router. I then contacted
Dell Support, who walked me through disabling some of the startup
applications (in the msconfig file). This worked and I can connect at every
wireless hotspot I've tried in Chicago and Miami over the past three weeks.
Don't know if this will work for you, but thought I'd through it out there.
> Thanks for the response. I appreciate your thoughts.
> I have the Home basic version. What I don't understand is that NT, and all
> other versions of windows can connect, but Vista can not. To ask all
> networks in the US to upgrade because Microsoft makes a product that won't
> communicate is just plain ridiculous. I wish that I had never bought this
> operating system. What a joke and arrogance on the part of microsoft.
> perhaps MS people can answer this question.
> "Malke" wrote:
> > bill-hokie wrote:
> > > How do I change the "RTM build" in the Riley link?
> > >
> > > Thanks for your response
> > That question doesn't make any sense. "RTM" means "Release to
> > Manufacturing". If you'll notice the date on his post, he wrote this in
> > November of 2006. He states that he experienced the difficulties with an
> > earlier build of the operating system and hopes that most people won't
> > have the same problem after the final version of Vista is released
> > (RTM). So unless you are working with an older beta version of Vista
> > (which is due to expire shortly), you have the RTM version. The point of
> > my giving you the Riley link was to show the details about why you are
> > having the problem with some routers.
> > The bottom line is that not all routers works with Vista. Since you
> > don't have access to the hotels' routers, there really isn't anything
> > you can do about this except to complain to the hotels and suggest they
> > update their hardware.
> > Malke
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