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  1. EDD32

    EDD32 Thread Starter

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    hi there,

    i have a 'Benq' mobile Centrino laptop. i have had a Netgear wireless 802.11b card so i have been using that to connect wirelessly. but whn i try to use builtin wireless facility it does not work !
    i have the router acknowledge the builtin wireless MAC address. but whn i enbale the builtin wireless function in laptop it comes up saying 'not connected'. (its not able to find my wireless home network)
    the other External wireless card works fine as soon as i plug this in !!!
    any ideas how to correct this ?

    thanks
    :)
     
  2. etaf

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    have you configured the built in card -
    is there a conflict between you plug in card and the built in card
    have a look in device manager and see what it sees for network.
    have a look at connections and properties for wireless

    dont know you laptop - but some Hp/compaq you can turn the wireless On and OFF - its not switched OFF by anychance - i know the HP has a switch which when you switch wireless on a little blue light appears on the front of the laptop - the compaqs lid a green light
     
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  4. EDD32

    EDD32 Thread Starter

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    hello there

    well the laptop model is BenQ Joybook 5000.
    i configured the card myslef and was using it on another laptop.
    how would one determine if there is a conflict ?

    yes therer is a option to switch wireless device on/off and i played around with that aswell but to no avail.

    thanks
     
  5. 5mi11er

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    There were at least two different and incompatible chipsets that otherwise followed the 802.11b standard. It is possible the Benq card is using a chipset that is incompatable with your Wireless Access Point.

    I know the old Orinoco cards were based on one chipset, but I can't remember an example of a brand that was incompatible with that anymore.

    Does anyone else remember better than I?
     
  6. tronh

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    Centrino built-in adapters can be a pain. What type of wireless router/access point are you trying to connect to? You may need to upgrade the firmware on the router/AP, and definitely make sure you have the latest drivers for the wireless adapter on the laptop (from the Benq website, presumably). Take out the Netgear card, verify that the built-in adapter shows up in device manager as working properly, and beyond that, the configuation should be pretty much the same as for the Netgear. Make sure it is "enabled" when you right click the connection icon in Network Connections.
     
  7. EDD32

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    the wireless router is Netgear 802.11b
    i shall try to update the drivers.... apart frm that all the config (as u say) should b the same as the cards'.

    thx
     
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