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Odd wireless issue in XP Home

Discussion in 'Networking' started by dfish, Jul 7, 2008.

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  1. dfish

    dfish Thread Starter

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    I have a wireless network at home, with a DSL modem connected to a desktop PC, via a Netgear WGT624 router. I have 1 laptop on the network, and it connects fine, but the weird thing is that if I take the laptop outside of my house, and try to use any other wireless network, I can't get it to connect. I don't get the Windows notification of available wireless networks and I can't devise a way to search manually. Also, there's no wireless network connection icon in my network connections tab in the control panel. The laptop is running XP Home with SP2 installed. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    Dennis
     
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  3. Wanderer2

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    really depends on the wireless network card you have and what software came with it. Might want to do to the wireless nics web site and see if they have updates or if there is a FAQ.
     
  4. dfish

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    It's a Broadcom card, and it doesn't show up in the device manager either, so I can't even tell what model it is. I'm not getting any icons at all in the network connections tab, but can still connect automatically to my home router and the Internet, as well as the other networked machine.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    The wireless wouldn't connect at all if it doesn't show up in Device Manager.



    Hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

    Please respond to all the following steps.

    1. Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
    2. Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
    3. 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:

    In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following command:

    Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in 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.
     
  6. dfish

    dfish Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply.
    Nothing at all shows up in the device manager window--completely empty. Here's the results of the ipconfig dump:

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Dennis XXX>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Compaq
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-14-A5-74-72-BE
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.10.4
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.10.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.10.1
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.10.1
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, July 07, 2008 6:37:46 PM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, July 08, 2008 4:36:41 PM

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Eth
    ernet NIC
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0F-B0-F9-9D-93

    C:\Documents and Settings\Dennis XXX>

    I'm not sure why the NIC is showing up as disconnected, but there it is. I haven't changed any settings on this machine in months.
     
  7. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Let's see if we can fix Device Manager first, since that's obviously broken.



    Take a look at this: No Items Appear in the Device Manager List When You Open It

    Another suggested fix I've found is a registry permissions fix.
     
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