To make a long story short, my main PC had a catastrophic failure, about 6 hours after I installed a new Cisco dual-band PCI wireless adapter. The adapter was working fine up to the failure, easily joining the home wireless network via the 2-minute sync feature.viewtopic.php?f=29&t=71534
Dead shorted mobo, which in-turn killed the power supply. I RMAed both, and purchased replacements instead of waiting. I put the machine back together one piece at a time last night, trying things out as I went to see if there was any other damage. Everything was going great, right up the the wireless adapter which was the last thing to be put in the PC.
So this is what I have:
The adapter installs just fine, no driver conflicts
It can see my home network just fine with a believable decent signal level.
It cannot join the network no matter what I do.
I re-created the home network with a new 128-bit code and new name, still could not connect. My wife's laptop re-connected to this new network with no issues.
The 2-minute automatic sync joining feature does not work, reports failure to join.
Adding the PIN feature does not work, reports failure (sorry I don't have the acronyms handy).
Manually entering the 128-bit code does not work, reports failure.
Moving the network card to a different PCI slot made no difference.
Uninstalling/Re-installing made no difference.
I am wondering if there is something in the driver that hashes out security based on the hardware of the motherboard, which is now different (same model) from the original.
So, is there anything I can do, or do you suspect something is wrong with the wireless card? I am ready to return it and deal with the hassle of running a wire up through the convoluted innards of my house (no two inner walls line up).
Thanks for any ideas before I hit the store and return the card.