Cannot establish a Wireless Connection

November 27, 2009 at 10:51:06
Specs: Windows 2000
Hello! I recently acquired a used Dell Latitude C800 laptop. The hard drive and battery were dead so I replaced the hard drive and I run the computer off the ac adapter.
I loaded Windows 2000 and installed some of the drivers from Dell's website such as the chipset, video, sound, and touchpad drivers.
I then tried installing a Belkin Wireless G+ MIMO pcmia card on the system. The install went through and then the configuration screen came up.

However, no possible connections came up to use. (and yes my good laptop sitting right next to it has a 4 bar connection to the linksys router). I tried clicking the "enable radio" button in the taskbar menu for the software but the button didn't do anything.
Then I thought it might just be a bad card so I uninstalled the card and software and installed a linksys wireless g notebook card that works perfectly in the laptop next to it.
Same thing. The linksys software says the adapter is inactive.
Windows reports that the adapter is both installed and functioning properly, but the LAN connection in the Network Connections window says that the network connection is not active.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have wasted way too much time trying to troubleshoot it!


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#1
November 27, 2009 at 12:39:08
If there is an icon for the wireless adapter in the tray, right click on it & choose Use Wireless Zero.

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#2
November 27, 2009 at 13:20:14
Oh Sorry! I didn't mention that since this is Windows 2000, there is no Wireless Zero Configuration service. The closest service is called wireless i think and I have enabled it already.

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#3
November 27, 2009 at 15:10:04
I installed a Belkin card on my brother's w2k box. I had to play with it to get it to work. Maybe something needs to be enabled in the BIOS.

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#4
November 28, 2009 at 13:06:12
OK I'll see if theres anything in there.

And I see a service called smart card support, would that possibly be the answer to my problems? because currently, it's not started.


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#5
November 28, 2009 at 16:26:18
It's really not a smart card but it can't hurt to enable it.

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