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Wireless Internet Issues...

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Tardoliel, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. Tardoliel

    Tardoliel Thread Starter

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    I'm really stumped at this point. I can't seem to get my wireless internet working on my laptop. I've never had a problem with it before and it started when I woke up my comp from hibernating. Anyway. So I can't seem to even get the options for my wireless. It doesn't show up in my device manager or anything. I tried reinstalling, updating and all that for drivers. I'm lost.

    I've posted my cmd ipconfig/all below. Any help you can give me... Oh man it'd be great. Let me know if you need more info


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

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

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : your-09dedafe33
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-16-D3-06-1A-E6
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.16*****
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.87.71.226
    68.87.73.242
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, November 12, 2007 8:16:52 PM

    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Monday, November 12, 2007 9:16:52 PM


    C:\Documents and Settings\Tarra>
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Brand and model of your wireless adapter?

    Are there any "unknown" or "other" devices in Device Manager? Any yellow warnings?
     
  3. Tardoliel

    Tardoliel Thread Starter

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    Nothing in yellow in the device manager.

    Broadcom 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11ag network adapters ( this is what I found in my application and driver recovery) (my wireless folder in the control panel won't open)
     
  4. reezin14

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    Are you hooked up hardwire ? I looks as if your getting ethernet adapter readings but not wireless. I read somewhere that nvidia NIC controllers can screw things up,if broadcom is able to control the ethernet setup let it and see if that works.
     
  5. jmwills

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    The first thing I would try would be a System Restore to a couple of days ago.
     
  6. Tardoliel

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    I tried. They fail. I tried to go back as far as Sept. :(
     
  7. TerryNet

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    Your wireless adapter is integrated and there is no sign or hint of it in Device Manager. Check for it in your BIOS. Seems like either it somehow got disabled there, or it has died.
     
  8. JohnnyP

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    Is there a switch or a hot key to disable the wireless card?
     
  9. Tardoliel

    Tardoliel Thread Starter

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    Yes there is a switch. No matter which way it faces, the light stays orange.

    And I'll look in my bios, that'll be in the F10 setup menu or how can I check that?
     
  10. TerryNet

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    "... the light stays orange."

    Another indication of a dead wireless adapter.

    Yeah, "setup" is another term used for getting into the BIOS.
     
  11. Tardoliel

    Tardoliel Thread Starter

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    Ok so at this point, the adapter is gone is what it sounds like?
    Anybody have a rough idea of what causes that? Cause my laptop isn't even 1 1/2yr old. Seems odd. And can I get a new one or am I S.O.L?

    Yeah I tried changing up my bios, it doesn't work.
     
  12. JohnWill

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    You can either contact the laptop maker and see what the internal one would cost, or buy a PCMCIA or ExpressCARD (depending on the age of the laptop) wireless card.
     
  13. TerryNet

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    Like any other electronic device a wireless adapter may last a day or many years or some time in between. Since they are one of the warmest running and power hungriest components of a laptop I suppose a small power or cooling problem would affect them before other components.

    If it is a mini-PCI adapter it can be reached through a compartment on the laptop's bottom and checked for looseness and/or replaced. You can do it but first unplug the power supply and remove the battery and turn the laptop on for a moment to use up any residual charge. Then be careful what you touch inside it.

    If not replaceable you're then your talking about a PCMCIA (Notebook) card or USB wireless adapter. The USB adapters are tempting, but in general the PCMCIA cards work better and are less inconvenient.
     
  14. Tardoliel

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    Thanks for the help guys. Still stinks that it's broken but at least I know that's what it is now.
     
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