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Full bars, no internet connection

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I usually just put my computer into sleep mode overnight. Well one morning I woke up and it was completely off. When I turned it back on it said it was Wed, December 31, 1969 at 7:41 PM (note this was most definitely around ten in the morning yesturday) I manually reset the date and time so thats not a major worry. I use Airport to connect to the internet wirelessly. I have full bars but when I click on Safari or enternet explorer or whatever, it says I am not connected to the internet.

The things I have tried:
1) restarting my computer
2)turning off and on Airport, tried this probably three times.
3)when I go into System Preferences - Network, there is an "Assist Me" button. I did that and made a new location and what not, but then it is like make sure it is set up to connect to the internet, and when I click continue it says it cannot connect to the internet.
4)When I open Airport Utility it says it can't find an Airport wireless device, and yet
it has full bars of connection so it must know there is something there...right?

pleasepleaseplease help
eMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • JMVP Level 6 Level 6 (16,840 points)
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    Apr 21, 2010 8:33 AM (in response to BioShock)

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions!

    The date reset is a tell-tale sign that the PRAM battery is weak or effectively dead. While that by itself would nominally only affect retaining your settings on a restart (see What's stored in PRAM?), your first step troubleshooting the connection problem would be to replace the PRAM battery. It's a 3.6v lithium battery, size 1/2 AA. Instructions for replacing the battery (depending on your eMac model) are at Battery Replacement Instructions or eMac: How to Replace the Backup Battery). You can sometimes find the battery as an in-stock item at places like Radio Shack, or you can find the battery online for significantly less (even allowing for shipping charges) by Googling "3.6v 1/2 AA battery".
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