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Wireless Network Icon Missing

Discussion in 'Networking' started by reegs73, Mar 5, 2008.

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  1. reegs73

    reegs73 Thread Starter

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    I am trying to help my sister set up her wireless router but there is not wireless network icon. I went to device manager to check the situ and it was empty.

    Any ideas?? She has an Acer laptop
     
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

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    Best to use an ethernet connection to configure a router.
     
  3. adventflux

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    Yeah, a hardwired connection is best for setting up a router. But just to make sure, have you reformatted it lately? Maybe you forgot to install a driver or something. And when you say the icon isn't there, do you mean not even in "Network Connections" or just the taskbar?
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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

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

    Type 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.
     
  5. reegs73

    reegs73 Thread Starter

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    There is no icon in either the network connections or the taskbar...
     
  6. reegs73

    reegs73 Thread Starter

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    There are no items in the device manager and the ipconfig is as follows:

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

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : acer-j8huoxixku
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3B Mi
    ni PCI Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-04-23-6E-74-29

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Eth
    ernet NIC
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-02-3F-BB-1B-03

    Hope you can help! Thanx
     
  7. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    What do you mean, there were no devices in Device Manager? How about a screen shot?

    To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file. To upload it to TSG, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
     
  8. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

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    For the problem of nothing in Network Connections, see if the Network Connections service is Started. (Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Services)

    Please respond to John's Device Manager questions (posts #4 and 7).

    Do you have an ethernet cable connected between the problem PC and the router? Do the ethernet LEDs light on both the PC and the router?
     
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