network adapters dead...totally stumped...

June 30, 2010 at 20:14:48
Specs: win 7, 2GHz/4Gb
hello everyone this one has totally stumped, ive spent hours on it, i hope you can shed some light.

my two network adapters on my laptop are acting completely mental. heres whats going on:

My Network connection (cat5) stopped working all together, no LED indicators on the card nothing. rolled back driver and it started working again.

then my wireless adapter doesnt want to work either, Ive installed the latest driver, rolled back to original, ran windows troubelshooter and it thinks that its the access point (router) and i know it isnt because it worked before, and my other laptop works fine with both plugged in and wireless.

now it seems like the plug in adapter wants to work when it feels like, it works then its dead, no LEDs and windows thinks its unplugged. after unplugging it then back in 5 times it works. then i unplug it then plug back in and it doesnt work.

the wireless sees the networks but wont connect, it just says it cant, and troubleshooter does nothing.

like i said i have tried everything, all the troubleshooters, uninstalled and reinstalled, driver update. checked ip address, and its set to auto.did a system restore at a time when it worked.

im totally stumped, im thinking it may be a hardware issue now...

my wireless adapter is a Atheros AR5008X
my network adapter is a Realtek PCIe Family controller

thank you for any ideas!


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#1
June 30, 2010 at 21:28:29
tap f8 on bootup and choose 'Repair my Computer'
Set it back to a date when all worked fine.

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#2
July 1, 2010 at 00:54:56
or just run system restore toa date that everything was ok, if it goes wrong again it may an auto update, check all updates before installing.

it sounds as if your cable adapter is loose, this happens a lot and can be soldered tight again quite easily again if your upto taking the machine apart and handy with a fine solder iron.
otherwise you can get a network adapter card.
the wifi not connecting is different, can you see your network access point?
have you tried creating a new network?
have you tried rebooting the router?
have you tried setting the router to a lower security, some wifi cards do not have all security possibilties.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#3
July 1, 2010 at 08:58:16
Thanks for the response,

I did pritty much everything mentioned above. but then i thought of something....I just moved into an apartment with 50 wireless networks around, and i thought to myself "what if something is causing interference?"...like another network. so i went into the routers wireless options and changed the channel of the router to something else, and almost instantly, the wireless came online and then it seemed that the network adapter started working again......

everything seems to be working as it should.....go figure


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