OK - hope there may be some help, I had everything working fine for about 60 days uptime after putting in my EDiMax router and similar wi-fi - basic settup is main wired machine Xp Pro 2800 AMD - the old 1900 AMD moved out with XP Home and an antique PII with Win 98 SE still hanging in on the network - all fine and dandy. Then the wi-fi bits lost all connectivity - plus when I looked at them the connections/drivers seemed to have vanished! Now there are other users of these bits of course, but no one owned up to anything as bad as that... turns out tonight after trying to put things to rights I have seen it can disappear itself - it did it to me! Seems good old Micrsfot is trying to hard to manage the netwrok... Anyway long story needs cutting short - I am managing to access forum pn the PII believe it or not - got that sorted! The XP Home (whoch was working when I started in on the PII) is now offline! I have got my SSID's straight (after remembering my mixed case setting!) and the connection shows with good signal.... when I try to repair it I get "following steps failed: Renewing the IP address, Purging the DNS resolver cache" Now actually I do conceptually know what those are - they should not be relevant to this client machine? Am I right - have I stayed up to late trying to fix this? If anyone can just give a nudge it would be oh so appreciated - but no rush... I've stayed up too late already!