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05-Mar-2008, 04:59 PM #1
Wireless Network Icon Missing
I am trying to help my sister set up her wireless router but there is not wireless network icon. I went to device manager to check the situ and it was empty.

Any ideas?? She has an Acer laptop
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05-Mar-2008, 05:43 PM #2
Best to use an ethernet connection to configure a router.
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05-Mar-2008, 06:23 PM #3
Yeah, a hardwired connection is best for setting up a router. But just to make sure, have you reformatted it lately? Maybe you forgot to install a driver or something. And when you say the icon isn't there, do you mean not even in "Network Connections" or just the taskbar?
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05-Mar-2008, 07:38 PM #4
Hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?




Let's see this as well.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt:

Type the following command:

IPCONFIG /ALL

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
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06-Mar-2008, 03:47 AM #5
There is no icon in either the network connections or the taskbar...
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06-Mar-2008, 04:19 AM #6
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Hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?




Let's see this as well.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt:

Type the following command:

IPCONFIG /ALL

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
There are no items in the device manager and the ipconfig is as follows:

C:\Documents and Settings\Acer>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : acer-j8huoxixku
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mi
ni PCI Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-04-23-6E-74-29

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Eth
ernet NIC
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-02-3F-BB-1B-03

Hope you can help! Thanx
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06-Mar-2008, 08:31 AM #7
What do you mean, there were no devices in Device Manager? How about a screen shot?

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06-Mar-2008, 09:27 AM #8
For the problem of nothing in Network Connections, see if the Network Connections service is Started. (Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Services)

Please respond to John's Device Manager questions (posts #4 and 7).

Do you have an ethernet cable connected between the problem PC and the router? Do the ethernet LEDs light on both the PC and the router?
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