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Cant Connect Wirelessly

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  1. justrelaxing

    justrelaxing Thread Starter

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    I reinstalled a new hard drive. I then went to PC's manufacturer and downloaded all drivers. I can connect to internet with Ethernet cable. I do not have my wireless card show up under device manager under the adapters. I have plugged a external wireless card in and works just fine. Is there a way to see if my wireless card is not working, or what can I try?
     
  2. etaf

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    make and model of the PC
    did you have wireless on the PC before?

    Take out the external wireless adapter
    look for any ? in device manager
    do the following
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    {Device Manager}
    Post back the results in device manager
    Start > control Panel {Vista set to classic view}> system > {Vista, device manager on left hand side} {XP hardware Tab, device manager button} > network adaptors, click on the + > post back the devices listed there
    are there any ! ? or X

    for windows 7
    start > control panel>
    System and Security>
    Device Manager

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  3. justrelaxing

    justrelaxing Thread Starter

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    Lenovo 3000 N100
    Running Win XP

    Yes prior to installing new Hard Drive I was able to connect wirelessly.
    Here is a copy and past of DM

    Network Adapters
    1394 Net Adapter
    Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC

    then Other Devices all have Yellow Question Marks
    Base System Device
    Base System Device
    Base System Device
    Network Controller
    Video Controller
    Video Controller (VGA Compatible)

    I am not sure why I have all the yellow question marks. I went to Lenovo and dowloaded all the drivers listed for my laptop.
     
  4. Hughv

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    You may have downloaded them, but some are not installed.
    The Network Controller is likely to be your wireless adapter
     
  5. justrelaxing

    justrelaxing Thread Starter

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    How would i go about getting that installed then?
     
  6. Hughv

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    These are the instructions for the wireless adapter. Other drivers should install in a similar manner:
    Installation instructions

    1. Start Windows XP and logon with administrative privileges.
    2. Extract this package onto the hard drive.
    3. Click Start and then click Run.
    4. Click the Browse button.
    5. Select the folder where the package was extracted.
    6. Select Setup.exe.
    7. Click the Open button.
    8. Click OK. The device driver wizard will be launched.
    9. If you agree, when prompted, accept the license agreement and click Next.
    10. Select Typical and click Next.
    11. When prompted, click OK.
    12. When installation finishes, click OK.
    13. When prompted to reboot your system, click Yes.
    You could also check windows update, but the manufacturer's site is usually the best choice.
     
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