IBM notebook wireless no connection

April 14, 2009 at 09:59:55
Specs: Windows XP
I hit the button at the front of my laptop not realizing that controlled my wireless connection. After I turned it back on, now wireless will not recognize my wireless name. I can view other wireless in range, but my name is no longer there. I went into advanced and found it, clicked on, but still have no internet. What did I do wrong? HELP...I run my business out of my laptop.
Any suggestions would be appreciated greatly!!!
Thanks, "Lost in laptop land"

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#1
April 14, 2009 at 19:29:48
Did you refresh the connection list or reboot the PC?

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#2
April 15, 2009 at 03:35:22
Yes, I did both, with no success,,,but now my husband decided to meddle with it, and pressed the blue 'thinkpad' key and lost everything. After I reboot again I get a message telling me to reload something to do with windows stating the 'file' is either 'not there' or 'corrupt', Now when I press the 'thinkpad' key again, and try to restore files the download process box opens but just stays at 0% instead of progressing to restore. I've restored before, when he did the same thing and have had success to 100% download and restoring all files.
I'm so afraid that if I reload windows CD again, I may risk the chance of losing everything on my notebook.
This is not only a challenge but very frustrating.
???????????? HELP

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#3
April 15, 2009 at 05:42:45
Try F8 when you boot the machine. Choose last known good config if you can get to the boot menu.

Why would you lose your files? You have the backups, don't you?

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#4
April 15, 2009 at 08:35:22
Now I really am an idiot...backup files?
I tried the F8 after shutting it down... and it only brings me back to the black screen with the message that reads:

Windows could not start because the following file is either missing or corrupt. "windows root" \\system 32\\ hal.dll.
Please install a copy of the above file.

Is this somewhere in the CD's for windows XP? I had to install them when I bought the laptop because it came with VIsta and I prefer XP.
I'm really naive about this, so bare with me.
Thank you, so much for responding to my dilema.


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#5
April 15, 2009 at 11:00:54
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findb...

That's one of many sites on restoring hal.dll
Look for others if that one confuses you.

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#6
April 16, 2009 at 11:33:14
Thank you for the site. I am checking it out.
I did recover most files after getting back into the 'thinkpad' and selecting "restore files" rather than restore system, then picked from the latest config.
However my wireless name still will not appear in the list of available wireless networks in range, yet it appears as my network, but with an xbeside my network name. I've been using an unsecured source for now, and make sure I disconnect that before I log off.
Would it be advisable to just erase and restart with the registration of my wireless IP etc?
I'll read further to see if something else can be done before I
try to erase it.
All this frustration just after hitting a switch on the front of my notebook...who would have knew???
Again, thank you for taking the time out to help me.


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#7
April 16, 2009 at 13:38:17
If you can get to a command prompt, run ipconfig /all
Post the output.

If I didn't already suggest to look for red or yellow marks in the device manager, do that too.

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