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Wireless Connections Not Recognized

by kari877 / May 21, 2013 1:23 PM PDT

Hi all,

I'm stumped on a fix for a peculiar problem for my wireless connection.

I'm using an IBM Thinkpad T42 running Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3/Wireless Network Adapter Type: Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection

When I boot the laptop without the ethernet cable plugged in the system won't detect any wireless networks. I get the standard message:

"No wireless networks were found in range. Make sure the wireless switch on your computer is on. To see an updated list, click "Refresh network list."

However, when I boot the computer with an ethernet cable connected, the system will detect all wireless networks within range and automatically connect to my preferred network. This wireless connection will maintain until I restart the computer with the ethernet cable unplugged. The ethernet cable must be plugged in at bootup or it won't detect the wireless networks.

This problem started when a well meaning family member was tinkering with the connection setting trying to configure it recognize a WPA2 connection. Prior to that, I never experienced any problems with the wireless.

Is there a setting happing on startup that needs to be adjusted? Thanks for any suggestions!

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Two ideas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 23, 2013 7:22 AM PDT

1. Research NETSH RESET XP to see if you can use that.
2. Research XP SYSTEM RESTORE to see if you can go back in time to when it worked.

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by kari877 / May 24, 2013 1:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Two ideas.

Reset the internet protocol using the NETSH RESET XP option and it worked like a charm. You saved me a lot of headaches. Thanks!

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Good to read.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2013 2:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

Sorry for the short answer/ideas but I was on the road at the time. I fear you won't be visiting a service counter often if you can research such things!

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