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Wireless does not work

#1
Hi guys, new here, obviously! I'm having trouble with my internet. When I first got my computer, I never had to go wireless. I used a router and went from there. Now, I have to go wireless, and I have no idea whats going on with it.

I have tried every avenue to find a solution and have broke down to finding a forum like this. Hopefully you guys can give me a hand? I think my problem is traced down to the hardware or software for the wireless card.

On the modem itself, the little pamphlet I was able to find, said that if the modem is working a light will be on and if it is active it will blink. I have neither. So I do not know if this means it is broke or if the software is not there for it to work properly.

I have a Dell XPS 420 with windows vista home premium 32-bit. In the device manager, it say under network adapters:

- broadcom 802.11g network adapter #3
- intel(r) 82566dc gigabit network connection

neither of them have a yellow triangle with a ! next to it. I'm all out of ideas, anyone have anything for me to work off of?
 

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ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member
#2
go to start type services.msc, press enter
go to wlansvc see it is set to auto start
Post back results
 

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System One

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    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

Chase

americano
Vista Guru
Gold Member
#4
Have you tried re-installing the drivers?
 

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    HP Pavilion Elite
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    Some Amount of Motherness
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    6.O GB RAM
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    EVGA nVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512MB DDR5
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    Two Monitors: HP w1907 & Acer P191w
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ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member
#5
Under services.msc I did not find wlansvc. :S

Might be listed as WLAN AUTO CONFIG

Also go to device manager and expand Network Adaptors
Look for the wireless adapter (it may be called Atheros )

Just looked at your post again 802.11g sounds like the adapter
Right click it and enable
 
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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

ilikefree

Vista Guru
Gold Member
#6
When that is done go to Network and Sharing Center, on the left is an entry
Setup a connection or network. The top box is where you want to set your wireless connection up.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed
#7
I do not have a cd for the drivers for the network card. I have uninstalled the card from device manager before and then let the ocmputer re-detect it after restarting it.

I DID find a WLAN AUTOCONFIG under the services.msc, except it was already started on automatic setting.

Under the device manager it said that it was already enabled.

When going to the network and sharing center, under connecting to a wireless network, it said there were no available networks. Even though, as I type this, I'm right next to the problem computer with a laptop on the wireless network.

I don't know if it is true or not, but what about something about the internet copany limiting the amount of people on a given network? Family member was theorizing that I might not be able to access it because this laptop I'm on is on the network already. Except, I oughtta be able to see other networks in the area...

I never had used the card when I got the computer, so I don't even know if it worked in the first place. I know the computer works, so it couldn't be from it getting jarred around in my move.

Maybe dell sent me a broken card...
 

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