Cannot find wireless networks

Dell Inspiron e1505 notebook - customiza...
February 17, 2010 at 07:31:18
Specs: XP Pro SP2
I just reinstalled Windows on my brothers computer, and
now it cannot locate our wireless network at home. When
I go to the Network Connections folder, there is no option
for Wireless connections, except to set up a new
wireless network. Help please? I've never had this issue

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February 17, 2010 at 07:43:15
You have to install the Drivers for your Wireless Card. You can either get them from the drivers disk that came with your system or download them from the manufactures web site. Being that it is a Dell you will need to install the Dell Wireless Manager for it to work.

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February 17, 2010 at 08:10:16
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

Load the main chipset drivers first.

You need to do as ace omega says, then you may need to also set up a new wireless network.

The wireless settings for the wireless adapter must be the same or be compatible with the wireless settings on the other end of the wireless connection of what you're trying to connect to - usually that's the configuration settings for your router.
You can't connect to what you're trying to connect to wirelessly, only, unless the settings are the same or are compatible on both ends of the wireless connection. You may need to connect to the router with a network cable in order to access it's present configuration so you can then have the necessary info to make settings of the wireless adapter the same or compatible with those in the router configuration - e.g. the security key or password must be the same on both ends of the connection.

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February 17, 2010 at 08:30:07
Thanks. I have a couple different driver disks, but none of the
options are for an E1505. I may try it anyway though. Thanks
again for the help.

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February 17, 2010 at 11:46:09
Apparently you have a Dell Inspiron laptop.
If you got it new, it may have come with a Dell Drivers and Applications CD, or similar.
If it did, the drivers are on that.

If you don't have that or have misplaced that....

Go here:

IF the country you bought the computer in is not the US, change the country top left.

Select Support for Home Users - Start here

Click on Drivers and Downloads

select Choose by Service Tag if you can still read it - that's on the label on the bottom of the laptop.

Otherwise select by model - however, I don't see 1505 there, on the US or UK sites. If you didn't make a typo, try 1501, 15xx, etc.

When it finds your drivers and downloads, make sure the right operating system is correct, click on Network.

You can download just the wireless adapter "drivers", download the other ones listed there later, but you should download at least the wired network adapter "drivers" too, because it's much easier to connect to the internet via a wired network adapter and a network cable, and you may need to connect to the router as well via a network cable so you can look at it's configuration settings.

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