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Try just plugging it in with the USB port and disconnect the other.
If that doesn't work try it with ethernet again but make sure you have the cable plugged into one of the three on the right LAN not WAN.
Yep, that is what I have been doing. But there is nothing on my desktop to indicate that it is connected, and when I click on the time machine icon at the top of the desk top it tells me that there is no time capsule available
I don't know what your settings are on the Time Capsule but tell me what your Network settings are on the Laptop.
BSD Device Name: en0
Hardware (MAC) Address: 00:22:41:26:cd:49
Configuration Method: DHCP
Configuration Method: Automatic
Configuration Method: Node
Exceptions List: *.local, 169.254/16
FTP Passive Mode: Yes
Go to Advanced/TCP/IP what are the numbers?
I don't know how to find that
Sorry: Please go to the Apple logo on the upper left of the screen, go to About This Mac, and tell me the System Version, the Processor and the Memory.
processor 2.5Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
You don't see an Advanced option at the bottom of the Network system preference pane?
On the "About This Mac" screen? No.
No this is in System Preferences/Network
Configure IPv4 using DHCP
IPv4 Address 192.168.0.2
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Configure IPv6 Automatically
Go to System Preferences/Time Machine/Select Disk and see if it shows up there
Yeah, I have been doing that - It says "none"
Doesn't recognize it wirelessly or when it is attached via ethernet
Open the Airport Utility and tell me if it is recognized.
Turn off Airport on the laptop also
Nope, it isn't. It recognizes it at my house, on my home wifi, but not at this vacation house on this wifi.
how do I do that? Under bluetooth in system pref?
No go to the Airport "cone" on the top right of the screen to Airport: OFF
Um, if I turn the airport off, I lose my internet connection
You have to make the Time Capsule work with your wireless there or you have to shut it off so you can connect through ethernet.
I have done all of the above repeatedly and no luck.
Wow still on vacation, lucky you! You can try resetting the Time Capsule with the reset button and then connect to it in Airport it will have a generic name like Aplle6798769. Then use the Time Machine to Setup Time capsule again.
and that won't damage or jeopardize any of the data in the time capsule?
Not sure I will opt out and see if any others have ideas. Better wait.