cannot find wireless network

April 23, 2011 at 18:51:03
Specs: Windows XP
Wireless Network Connection window will not show any of avail local networks - this is a new problem that came from nowhere, same computer has never had this problem

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#1
April 23, 2011 at 21:05:36
I was repairing a laptop with that problem. Someone had pressed the button that turns wireless on & off.

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#2
April 24, 2011 at 06:00:48
If you don't have a physical switch (I've seen that one before too guapo lol) or it's not the issue (as in it's "on") check in device manager and ensure it hasn't been disabled.

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#3
April 24, 2011 at 07:55:09
Take a look on this wireless network troubleshooting tips article, might give you more clues on what went wrong.

Hope this helps.


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#4
April 24, 2011 at 13:32:51
thanks everyone, I wish it were one of the things suggested here, but it is not. This is the 3rd windows machine this has happened to in this house in the last year - (2) XP and (1) Vista. None of them can be brought back using standard conventional wisdom, and all 3 will not show any local networks at all, all 3 wireless receivers are on and showing signal, just will not see any networks. I think it must be some kind of local internet disease and I assume that wiping the hard drives and starting all over will resolve the problem. Win7 seems to be immune. Thanks again.

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#5
April 24, 2011 at 13:54:49
I wouldn't reinstall for a network problem. I would buy a USB wireless adapter first.

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#6
April 24, 2011 at 16:05:52
why would one use a usb adapter when the wireless device is already working? i have a lyxnsys usb adapter here - the problem persists but with new problems, the usb adapter drops the wireless connection after a few minutes, then you have to reboot. Not that i have any clue why all of this is happening, but in the other 2 infected machines, the usb adapter behaves exactly the same way. I have been assuming this is a virus or trojan or worm that cannot be gotten rid of except to nuke it

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#7
April 25, 2011 at 06:03:09
why would one use a usb adapter when the wireless device is already working?

If it were working you wouldn't be having this problem. Well, if it were working correctly.

Check for newer drivers for your network interface and install them if you find some. If that doesn't fix the issue, uninstall, then reinstall the TCP/IP stack on that device.

If that doesn't fix the issue uninstall the device from device manager and reinstall it.

If none of the above fixes the issue, you'll be needing a new network interface.

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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#8
April 25, 2011 at 06:14:47
I can't believe the OP said it was working.

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