Can't find hardware (WiFi) radio button

November 29, 2010 at 08:06:00
Specs: Windows XP
Had to replace the hard drive and reload Windows and all drivers, etc. I can connect to my network via Ethernet but when I try to connect to the WAP, I get a message that there are no networksin range. This PC is no more than 15 feet from the WAP. When I click oon the adapter it tells me to enable the radio with a hardware button. I don't see a hardware button. Any ideas?

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#1
November 29, 2010 at 09:41:44
There is no radio button at the wireless network card.
You have to check, whether the wireless network card is activated or not.
It's also possible, that the system diactivats the wireless network card, when the pc is connected by wire.

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#2
November 29, 2010 at 11:45:42
I've checked everything else, all settings, tests, etc. I still get responses telling me to turn on the radio button. I've also clicked on everything I can find that says Enable the radio and I'm still told that I need to turn it on. This is a Gateway Series M PC with a Broadcom 802.11g Wirelesss Adapter with the latest driver loaded. I can get on my home office network with an Ethernet connection with no problem so I know it's not a network problem plus I have 2 other PCs on the network.

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#3
November 29, 2010 at 12:01:26
Go into device manager. Wireless card listed here with no exclaimatioin point?

If you go to lan connections and right mouse click do you have the option of enable?

Is this wireless card builtin or is it a usb or pcmcia card?

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#4
November 29, 2010 at 12:11:49
Wireless card is listed without an exclamation point.

Right click offers an option to Disable so I assume it's Enabled.

Wireless card is built in.


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#5
November 29, 2010 at 12:16:27
Could there be a conflict between Microsoft WZC Service and the Broadcom Wireless Utility?

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#6
November 29, 2010 at 12:24:48
Yes.
I suggest to disable the WZC and try the Broadcom Wireless Utility.

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#7
November 29, 2010 at 12:37:49
Stopped the WZC Service, rebooted. When I click the Broadcom Utility and click on Enable, I get the message that the radio is still not enabled and to do so. What is the Radio anyhow?

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#8
November 29, 2010 at 13:16:09
Radio means Wireless of the network card.
What kind of computer do you have, PC or Notebook?
If it's a Notebook, you may have to press a key combination FN+F5 or something like that, to turn Wireless on.

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#9
November 29, 2010 at 14:06:30
Thanks for the function key suggestion. Function and F5 shows a small message that says WLAN is Off. No matter how many times I press the combination, the message doesn't change and all the other messages I mentioned previously stay the same.

The wireless worked perfectly fine prior; it's just that the hard drive died and was replaced. I reloaded Windows and all service packs and security updates, etc. Wired Internet works fine; I've been online all day with it trying to find help.

PS: The PC is a Gateway laptop and Gateway's technical support is almost non-existent since the unit is out of warranty. You folks here are my only economical source for help. Please don't give up on me.

Thanks again.


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#10
November 29, 2010 at 14:29:59
Try to disconnect the LAN cable and try only using wireless.
As mentioned before, some OSes do disable wlan automatically, when connected by wire.

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#11
November 29, 2010 at 15:13:08
Nope; no change. Keep thinking as I keep researching the 'net.

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#12
November 29, 2010 at 16:07:57
Checked the BIOS settings.
I don't know that notebook, but maybe wireless is switched off in BIOS.

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#13
November 29, 2010 at 16:28:39
Checked BIOS and wireless is not switched off.

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#14
November 30, 2010 at 12:44:34
Problem solved. The Power Save Option kept the power to the wireless card off. Once I set it to Disabled, all is well.

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#15
November 30, 2010 at 17:16:40
Great news :-)
Thank's for reply.

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#16
January 3, 2011 at 13:56:32
Press Fn + F2 if you have a Gateway 4520 Laptop. Thanks for the suggestion about the function key!!! --- Lorrainev

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