Wireless Adapter Problem

July 22, 2008 at 13:45:47
Specs: WIndows XP SP2, 1.6 / 760mb

My laptop has a built in Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG wireless adapter. It was working fine on Saturday, until the connection suddenly dropped and the little system tray icon got a red x over it. Since then it just won't connect and it permantly has a red x over the tray icon - even though it's turned on. It occassionally tells me that it's detected networks in range, but when I ask it to list them it can't find any. Other computers can see my network, as well as at least 4 others in the street.
I've tried using the repair function, reinstalling the latest drivers, doing a system restore, removing the adapter from Device Manager and letting Windows reinstall it. Now I'm stuck. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks :-)

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July 22, 2008 at 15:53:40

A red X indicates the radio is disabled. Can you right-click on the icon and re-enable it? If not, try a Repair of the connection.

Here's the manual:


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July 23, 2008 at 01:02:45

Thanks for the reply.
It is enabled, it's just that Windows thinks it isn't.
I've discovered that if I don't use Windows to configure wireless networks, the red x disappears but then I don't know how to connect it to my network because, while it does now appear to be working, there's no program to find available networks (if that makes sense).

Edit - I don't have the Intel ProSet/Wireless program, I'll get that and give it try. Thanks for the link :-)

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July 23, 2008 at 01:33:27

That worked! I'm wireless again, thank you :-)

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July 23, 2008 at 04:11:01

We've found these newer laptops use the Intel wireless software rather than using Windows to manage the connections.

Glad you got it working.

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