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Choose a wireless network validating identity

One way to restore networking, especially wireless, is to go into control panel, system and delete the network card. Since you mentioned that this notebook had previously been setup for multiple wireless profiles, my suggestion would be to delete all existing wireless profiles and see if that allows you to then create a new profile for the Comcast gateway.

I can't provide a screen shot to illustrate how to do that because I don't know if you are using the built-in Windows Wireless Zero Config, or a vendor specific utility for your unnamed Wi Fi card.

I recently bought a new Linksys wireless router and after setting it up with basic WEP security, I tried to logon from my laptop and was successful! So then I tried to connect from my desktop computer that has a wireless USB adapter attached to it and I ended up getting this error message: Fabulous! I checked my settings on the wireless router to make sure I didn’t accidentally setup certificate security, but found no such thing.

Also, since I was able to connect from my laptop with no problem, it led me to believe it was something wrong with my desktop.

Click on Properties once you select the wireless network that is having problems.

Click on the Authentication tab and now uncheck the Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network box.

[2] = If EUI-Wi Fi network does not show up, click on Refresh network list.

Screenshots are taken from Professional version thus may slightly differ from other versions (e.g. You have now succesfully configured Windows XP to connect to EUI-Wi Fi.

I can't provide you with a screen shot of how to do this because I don't have access to the Comcast gateway that you are using, or to a setup screen for your unnamed Wi Fi client. She still has the original box that the computer came in along with a bunch of discs, including the Driver Recovery CD.

Since I don't want to make matters worse than they are now, I haven't uninstalled the network card yet.

She's always used wireless from the get-go, and in her particular situation/setup, where the cable goes to her entertainment center, it would be impractical to run an extension coax cable as well an an extension AC cord over to the modem.

I did bring over my all-in-one desktop yesterday and checked the direct connection, the Ethernet connection, and at least that works fine.


  1. Apr 19, 2013. At the top of the screen, where it says, Choose a wireless network, I get an endless Validating identity. As of recently, she was able to use this computer to connect to a neighbor's/friend's secured wireless netowork and another neighbor's/friend's unsecured wireless network. What's really strange, now I.

  2. Jul 19, 2011. Step 3 Select Wireless Networks tab. Step 4 Select the network which has the problem from the Preferred Networks list. And click on Properties window. It will open selected network's properties window. Step 5 Select appropriate values in Network Authentication & Data encryption fileds under Wireless.

  3. I manually entered the encryption key and it is now connected but in the status bar it says "validating identity". Be sure to turn off authentication on the wireless network connection. I'm trying to connect my compaq presario v3000 laptop running xp, to the wireless routing function of the linksys router.

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