My Windows XP laptop will not connect to my wireless printer or other computers.

I have a home network, an xp connected to a router, a l'top xp with wireless capability and a wireless printer.  Until recently all worked OK.
My l'top will not now connect to anything, not to the printer, the d'top or the i'net.  In Network conections on the l'top, the network connections icon has a re X on it.
I have tried several approaches but still cant connect the l'top.
Any suggestions?
Richard
original title: Windows XP home network

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Epson WorkForce 435

establish the desktop has an IP address in the range 192.168.x.x and the laptop in the range 169.254.xxx.xx I understand these addresses shpuld be OK

If you want a hope that anyone will actually help you, unmark the response from Vinod M as "the answer."  It plainly is not the solution to your problem.

An IP address "in the range 169.254.xxx.xx" is NOT OK.  It indicates that your laptop is not connecting properly to your wireless network, most likely because the wifi radio is turned off or because your wireless encryption key is entered incorrectly.

To repeat:  Almost all laptops have either a physical switch or a key press combination (Fn plus one of the F keys) that turns the wifi radio on and off.  Make sure that your device is enabled see your User Guide (or provide the make and model of your laptop) for details.



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Hi,

1.       What exactly happens when you try to connect Internet or printer through wirelessly?

2.       Do you receive any error message?

3.       What is the make and model of the printer?

4.       Did you make any changes to the computer before the issue occurred?

 

I would suggest you to follow the steps provided below and check if it helps:

 

Method 1:

Wired and wireless network connection problems in Windows:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/wired-and-wireless-network-connection-problems-in-windows

 

How to troubleshoot home networking in Windows XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308007

 

Method 2:

Printer problems in Windows: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/printer-problems-in-windows

 

Hope this information is helpful.

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