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wireless network icon missing - windows xp

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  1. scaninc

    scaninc Thread Starter

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    I recently installed a Belkin wireless adapter to couple desktops.

    One desktop gave me know troubles the other I can use the Belkin wireless program to connect and it drops it and out every couple minutes, it is unusable.

    Therefore, I was going to use the Windows wireless connection. But, if I go to the Control Panel, Network Connections, I do not see the Wireless Connection Icon??

    I have rebooted a few times since the install of the Belkin software.
    I do not get the typicial wireless antena icon in the taskbar.
    I checked services and see that Windows Wireless Zero Config is running.

    Thanks for any Help
    Russ - [email protected]
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    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 to copy the contents to the clipboard.
    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.
     
  3. scaninc

    scaninc Thread Starter

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    Sorry - I only get to the location of the non-connecting PC once every week or 2.

    I will check my next visit on My Computer, Manage Devices for those ugly connection marks.

    In the meantime what about the My Network area adding the wireless connection there, might that create the missing icon?

    Russ
     

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    Usually because of a problem with the wireless adapter or driver--see John's post # 2.

    Could also be caused by the Network Connections service not running.
     
  5. scaninc

    scaninc Thread Starter

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    Terry/John - Thanks for the two tips. I seen this once and awhile and I am always baffled as what to do to resolve it.
    Russ
     
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