Troubleshooting wireless setup on Laptop

I have a Dell Inspiron 1000. Long story short, I had to re-install windows and now my wireless connection doesn’t work. I have re-installed the program, but the card that is inserted in the side of the computer says there is no link, and the computer says “Cannot associate AP”.

What can i do to get back online?

(Cisco Systems wireless g broadband router/system)

If I understand you correctly, you’ve reintalled Windows and have also reintalled the drivers and any other related softwares for the wireless adapter card you have. I assume from your description that this card is not OEM equipment in your Inspiron but a PCMCIA card.

Most wireless networks are setup with encryption keys for security and privacy. If you do not have such a key, which has to be entered into the wireless adapter software, your laptop will not be able to connect to the wireless network/router etc.

Check with your system admin and ask him for the encryption key.

Let me know how it goes.

If you are again starting from scratch you will need to open the wireless card aplet and have it scan for available networks. If all goes well then you should see the network name for your system in the results. Do you remember the name of your wireless network and the settings for connecting?

I never remember using an encryption key for anything pace, and yes, it is a PCMCIA card. Toddly, It is a linksys system, and when I first installed it, I didnt need it to scan anything.
It set itself up almost automatically.

I’m about to go to the liniksys website and see if i can get some help though…