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Windows 7: HP Mini 210 on Windows 7 starter can see wifi network but can't connct

18 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Starter 32 bit
HP Mini 210 on Windows 7 starter can see wifi network but can't connct

I'm trying to set up wifi on an HP mini 210 with windows 7 starter installed. I'm sharing internet via an iMac with airport (connected via ethernet.) My iMac settings appear to be correct (I can connect my iPod Touch and Kindle no problem.)
When I try to connect the HP my network name appears in the list of available wifi sources and lists all the details (WEP, 802.11n, SSID) but when I click 'connect' it says 'Windows was unable to connect' without requesting a password (and troubleshooting finds no problems.)

I've tried different settings (changing my network name, password, and from 40-bit {5 digit password} to 128-bit {13 digit password}) with no success. I've tried manually adding the network to the HP through the Network and sharing centre with no luck either.

Any suggestions?

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18 Dec 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit

Welcome to Seven Forums,

Instead of using WEP which can be hacked easily, I would try changing your network security to WPA2.
Here's How: What AirPort security settings should I choose? | Mac Support Central

Now, see if you can connect your HP Mini, then configure the rest of your wireless devices as well to connect to a higher wireless security.
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19 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Starter 32 bit

Thanks but I'm not using an airport base station just the airport card that's inside the iMac to share a connection. There's no way to change the settings on the internal card (It doesn't even show up in Airport Utility.)
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19 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Starter 32 bit
I figured it out!

In case anyone has the same problem in the future...

The problem was with the way the WEP password on the back was converted to hexidecimal on the PC...the passwords never matched so it wasn't connecting.

These two posts help me figure it out.

How to configure Network Properties in Windows:
Mac OS X Internet Sharing with Windows computers? - The macosxhints Forums

How to make a hexidecimal password in MacOs X:
Mac OS X Airport Internet Sharing with Ubuntu with WEP | Geekish Stuff

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19 Dec 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit

Glad that you have it all sorted.

Thanks for the update.
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 HP Mini 210 on Windows 7 starter can see wifi network but can't connct

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