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just bought used laptop HELP

Posted By: michelle on 2008-05-07
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ok i just bought a used laptop.  when i was at the guy's house, the internet was going.  now, i'm at my house and it won't connect to my wireless network.  it shows it on the screen, but won't connect.  it is so frustrating.  is it the firewall on?  is there something i need to do to get it to work?  I'm going to get a sprint broadband card for it, so not like it really matters, but i just want the internal wireless to work anyways. why isn't it working?

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Yes bought it used. sm
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Just bought one...will let you know. (nm)
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Ever bought OEM CD only software? (sm)

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Any comments will be appreciated

I bought a house too. but
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I had the same problem when I bought a new
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I bought some on Ebay for $26 ;)
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Thanks for the tip. I just bought a pair! nm
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worked on one about 5 years ago. Can't for the life of me figure out out to plug the telephone line in the Dictaphone!!! Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. TIA.


Would this happen to be a certain co. in KY that was bought out by another in CO? sm
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Never heard of that. I bought some
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I bought it last month...
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I think I bought it in January. nm
I bought it years ago

Never could get the hang of it so I gave up.

I would love to be able to use it, as I end up taking way too many breaks because my hands hurt.  I think if you can get it to work good your production would surely be higher.

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I bought Spell-Ex and up until I had to
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Don't know about BOS3, but when I bought
BOS2 it came with a disk so I downloaded it on my computer and use the "find" function to look through that. Cheaper in the long run than paying an annual fee.