Wireless card not detected on Dell laptop

February 7, 2011 at 09:32:20
Specs: Vista Home Premium, 2duo/ 1.8GHz/ 2RAM

Wireless connection suddenly stopped working. Ran Dell Wireless WLAN Card Utility and got "There are currently no wireless adapters available and enabled". Device manager states network adapter working properly. I have disabled, then enabled it and it still won't work. What should I try next, any ideas?
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#1
February 7, 2011 at 10:31:52

Next I would look for a newer version of the driver for the device. If you find one, update the driver to the latest and see if that doesn't fix the issue.

If it doesn't, you may need to uninstall it from Device Manager and then reboot and let windows "find" the device and install the drivers.

If neither works, it's likely the device has stopped working properly and needs to be replaced.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
February 8, 2011 at 09:11:32

Thanks for the help Curt R.
The driver is up to date, so I did your next suggestion and uninstalled. The reboot found and reinstalled the adapter, but it is still getting the same error message. Looks like I need a new WLAN card. Is this something I could/should try changing myself?

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#3
February 8, 2011 at 09:39:35

If your laptop has a couple of PCMCIA slots, then yes you could add a new wireless NIC yourself.

First, find out if you have an open PCMCIA slot. If you do, then price out a decent PCMCIA wireless card. Once you've bought it, you'll have to disable the onboard wireless interface. You should be able to do that in Device Manager (right click on device, choose "disable"). If there's a physical on/off switch on the laptop for the wireless NIC, I'd shut that off too just to be doubly sure.

Then you would plug the new NIC into the slot and let windows find it and install the drivers and it should work.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
February 8, 2011 at 14:23:50

Sounds like a plan. I'll see what I can do. Thanks again for your help.

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