I can't connect wirelessly after reinstall of

April 6, 2011 at 09:59:12
Specs: Windows XP
I am unable to locate my wireless adapter on IBM Thinkpad R50 after I had to re-install Windows XP. It was not the cd that goes to the laptop, as I did not have one because I bought the laptop used. I went to the Lenovo website and have installed just about every driver on support page and still NOTHING! HELP!!!!!

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#1
April 6, 2011 at 10:30:19
Is the wireless network card shown correctly without any error in the device manager?

Have you configured the wireless connection to use the correct wireless network and encryption key, configured in your router?

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April 6, 2011 at 13:53:10
paulsep April 6, 2011 at 10:30:19 Pacific

Is the wireless network card shown correctly without any error in the device manager?

NO it is not... All I see is my LAN

Have you configured the wireless connection to use the correct wireless network and encryption key, configured in your router?
I set up the wireless connection but there is no adapter and/or missing drivers..I am using this program "Hardware Helper"I hope it isn't a ripoff,lol


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#3
April 6, 2011 at 14:26:32
I hate those tools.
I suggest to go to the lenovo homepage and download the correct drivers for your laptop manually.
Then install the drivers, restart and see if it works.

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#4
April 6, 2011 at 16:10:42
I hate those tools.
I suggest to go to the lenovo homepage and download the correct drivers for your laptop manually.
Then install the drivers, restart and see if it works.

That is what I have done. The only problem is I don't know what kind of wireless card or adapter (I don't even know what it's called) is in my Thinkpad.I went to the download and drivers page for the R50 and installed everything. NOTHING still! :(

BTW, that tool did nothing for me at all, it still won't work


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#5
April 6, 2011 at 17:48:09
Seems, that IBM Thinkpad R50 was delivered with different wireless cards.

But anyway, did you follow the installation instructions, comming with the drivers?

I don't no whether your BIOS has an option to enable or disable the wireless option. You may check this.

Does the laptop has a build in wireless card or an extra mini pci card?

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#6
April 6, 2011 at 19:05:38
"Seems, that IBM Thinkpad R50 was delivered with different wireless cards."
How can I find this out? I really am clueless:(

"But anyway, did you follow the installation instructions, comming with the drivers?"

Maybe that is the problem; I did not know there were instructions...Think I am going back to Lenovo site and see what instructions are..

"I don't no whether your BIOS has an option to enable or disable the wireless option. You may check this."

How do I find BIOS? It could be simply because I did not install a cd for a laptop but rather a desktop;I was told by a friend it was all the same...Boy was she wrong!

Does the laptop has a build in wireless card or an extra mini pci card?

As far as I know the wireless care is installed,but Device Manager does not say there is one :( I really wish I knew more about this process.


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#7
April 6, 2011 at 19:13:47
Ok, so if the wireless card is build in and switched on, you should see unknown device in the device manager of windows. Do you?

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#8
April 6, 2011 at 19:16:45
I see "network controller" under other devices.

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#9
April 6, 2011 at 19:20:16
A ok, so you only have to find the correct driver, to get it to work. Do you have any manual or a drivers cd for the laptop?
That would be the easiest way.

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#10
April 6, 2011 at 19:29:21
I show Thinkpad Wireless LAN Adapter Software, which is what I downloaded on IBM site,in ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS. Could it be I didn't download driver? I don't know where to find it :(

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#11
April 6, 2011 at 19:30:56
"A ok, so you only have to find the correct driver, to get it to work. Do you have any manual or a drivers cd for the laptop?"

I have nothing but what is found on Drivers and Downloads on IBM site. I bought the computer used with no manuals or cd's.


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#12
April 6, 2011 at 19:54:21
Drivers for your model of laptop can be found here:
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/s...

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#13
April 6, 2011 at 20:24:21
This is the site I have been to and downloaded everything from here.. Is there something else I need to do beyond the download and subsequent installation wizard? Why can I not get this to work? I must be missing something..

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#14
April 6, 2011 at 20:36:05
The question is, is everything correctly installed, so that all devices listed in the device manager do not have a yellow triangle or red cross?

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#15
April 6, 2011 at 21:08:08
"Network Controller" is showing under Other Devices... It has a question mark. I don't know why though.. I'm sorry to be such a nuisance but I really am clueless.
I went in to Add Hardware and added this: 11 a/b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapter because it shows in IBM device downloads. So now this device is under Network Adapter but has a question mark and says "Device cannot start (code 10)" when I click on Properties for the device. Not sure if that is because it is the wrong one or if there is a problem..

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#16
April 6, 2011 at 21:19:34
As you may have read in the installation instructions, there are a lot of different wireless cards supported by this drivers.

You may try to simply delete the wireless card from the device manager and restart the computer, so that it will get recognized automatically during startup. Sometimes, it solves such problems.

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#17
April 7, 2011 at 06:53:21
I deleted the "Network Controller" under other devices as well as the wireless adapter I manually added. Now every time I start Windows, it looks to install the "Network Controller" but nothing comes up.

Any advice on what I can do next? Should I just buy a USB card? Is it possible that the virus I had previously destroyed the adapter? Wireless access was the first thing to go on me when it got infected. I just want to figure this out! SIGH.


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#18
April 7, 2011 at 09:26:40
Oh you computer was infected by a virus?
This may be the cause for all the trouble.

The virus could have made changes in the registry, that were not reverted to the original settings, or the virus is still active.

The best way to overcome this, is to install windows from scatch. Therefore, you first have to backup your data, to avoid loss of data.

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#19
April 7, 2011 at 11:51:32
I did install it from scratch. That is where I ran in to problems; I used a installation disk that came with my desktop. And not having known to back-up everything, I lost many things. The network adapter is the only thing not working.

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#20
April 7, 2011 at 13:57:45
I installed this AIDA64 and found the correct driver and I am up and running now:))))

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#21
April 7, 2011 at 23:19:17
Good to hear, that is't working now.

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