Solved: Connection problems with Sony Vaio VGN N220E

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jimmydime

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Hello all.
This one has me stumped. Recently reformatted this Sony laptop and all went well. The unit has all the up to date drivers, including the LAN. It is using LAN-Express AS IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Driver with updates to Marvell® Atheros® Extensible Wireless LAN Driver.
Both of these installed, but I had to do in compatibility mode for Windows XP. Not sure why. Tried it with normal installation and each time I received the warning "software might not have installed properly". After I did this I thought that if the drivers did not install properly that something would be messed up. Hence another reformat.
Getting to the problem (after proper install of the drivers). The unit will not connect to the internet.
I have browsed through the forums here and there are many similar cases but not exact. I have tried all the suggestions made on other forums but to no avail.
The unit sees the router.. tries to identify, stumbles around a bit and then declares it an unknown network.
It marks it as a "public" network, and connects locally only. Trouble shooting included trying all the different security settings on the router and the laptop, tried reassigning IP addresses. Put the laptop in DMZ zone, shut off UPnP, restored UPnP, ect, ect.
Then tried an open system with no security protocol ...... BAM connects to the internet.
This is obviously no good. I am running a Belkin wireless N router. There are 17 wireless devices that connect to this router with no issues. Also running this PC with no security or Wep enabled would not be an option as it belongs to a non-profit organization that has at least 100 devices that connect to the internet with WPA/2.
More info.. Running Windows Vista Home Premium.
Any help figuring this out would be great.... thanks in advance.:(
 

etaf

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What windows version are you using
Vista and XP drivers are here

http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model...te_id=1&region_id=1&tab=download#/downloadTab

sounds like a driver issue you have

on the adapter post the following
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How to identify hardware in Device Manager

right click on the wireless device

from the menu choose
properties
Click on the Details Tab
Under the Property - drop down
Select hardware ids
Right click and select all
Then right click again and select copy
Copy and paste that information here

You should see a code similar to this

PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_008A&SUBSYS_53058086&REV_34

please reply with the full code for your device(s)

The portion of the code highlighted in RED is the Vendor ID and the portion highlighted in GREEN is the Device ID. In this example:

PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_008A&SUBSYS_53058086&REV_34

Vendor ID = 8086
Device ID = 008A

Post back those two numbers make sure we know which is vendor ID and which is device ID

These codes can be looked up at this site http://www.pcidatabase.com/

As an example the link for that database tells us that;
Vendor ID code 8086 is for this vendor - Intel Corporation
Device ID code 008A is for this device - Intel Centrino Wireless-N1030


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jimmydime

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Hey. Thanks for replying so quickly.
Operating system is Vista. I download the drivers from the sony web site. The Lan Express AS lEEE first and then the Marvell Atheros Extensible... I believe its an update.
Here is the information from the device manager.

PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_001C&SUBSYS_04231468&REV_01
PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_001C&SUBSYS_04231468
PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_001C&CC_020000
PCI\VEN_168C&DEV_001C&CC_0200

Thanks.
 

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Thats coming up as the Atheros AR5007EG and that adapter on vista has a lot of issues - mainly as you describe - will connect to unsecured network and not secured

the fix is the driver from the manufacturers web, OR the majority of fixed are from the atheros site

try this
AR5007EG
Vista 32 / 64 Bit
Direct link Drivers for Atheros AR5007EG and Windows Vista 32 / 64 bit
You only need to click on the green download button labelled " Click to Download " and wait, the file will download - you do not need to click on any other buttons to get the download started

To install the driver you will need to do the following

Extract the downloaded zip file into a folder on the PC
then

> Start Globe
> Control Panel
> System and maintenance
> Scroll down to Device manager
> network adaptors, click on the + >
> Right click on the AR5007(EG) Adapter
> click on Update Driver Software...
> click on Browse my computer for driver software
> let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
> Have Disk
> click on the Button Browse...
> Locate the folder you extracted the zip folder and highlight the .inf file
you should see two files with .inf
Vista 32Bit AR5007 netathv.inf
Vista 64Bit AR5007 netathvx.inf
Vista 32Bit AR5007EG netathr.inf
Vista 64Bit AR5007EG netathrx.inf
 

jimmydime

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Followed your instructions to the letter. Working as normal. Problem solved.
Thanks so much, really appreciated.
 

etaf

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your welcome (y) thanks for letting us know
 
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