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Getting annoyed....NEED answers

by trh2086 / July 8, 2010 9:40 AM PDT

I have looked everywhere and used every combination of words and phrases I could think of but I have not found an answer to this.

I just reinstalled Windows XP on my laptop. I made sure to install the driver for my wireless adapter last after all updates and software were completely installed. It worked, until I restarted my laptop one last time. After logging in no networks were shown in the list even though I kept getting the balloon notification telling me there was one or more networks available. Wired connection works. Wireless switch is on. Network adapter is enable. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the driver. I think that covers most of the basic questions I'm bound to be asked.

I'm not the only one that has had this problem but just like the others I have yet to find a single answer and no one seems to take the time to even make any guesses as to what the problem is.

PLEASE help...

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(NT) Make and model?
by Coryphaeus / July 8, 2010 10:18 PM PDT
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Wireless hookup issue
by pgc3 / July 9, 2010 1:31 AM PDT

Does the wireless adapter show in device manager? What brand of L/T is this? Need a bit more info.

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System info
by trh2086 / July 9, 2010 6:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Wireless hookup issue

Sorry about not including this originally.

Manufacturer: Toshiba
Model: Satellite L355-S7915
OS: Windows XP Professional SP3
Wireless Adapter: Realtek RTL8187B 802.11b/g 54Mbps USB 2.0

The adapter does show in Device Manager.

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WIFI issues
by pgc3 / July 10, 2010 12:21 AM PDT
In reply to: System info

Hmm, what are you using for network hdwe? Router? Have you tried to hit any hotspots at large. coffee shops etc. Would be curious to know that. It seems odd since as you say you have loaded the adapter driver, assuming it is the proper one.

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Wifi issues
by trh2086 / July 10, 2010 2:19 AM PDT
In reply to: WIFI issues

I'm using a Belkin router. I haven't gone to any public hotspots. I'm dual-booting Windows 7 and XP. The wireless networks show in Windows 7 but not under XP.

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Router/reset
by pgc3 / July 10, 2010 11:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Wifi issues

Assume that you have done a router reset, generally there is a little button at the rear of (most) the router, use a ball point pen to push in and hold for a few seconds. Next would be to try a hotspot. More and more it sounds as if it may be a bug (virus/malware) that has caused a redirect, in which case it could be very tricky to resolve.Out of curiosity, what are you using for security software??

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wifi issues
by trh2086 / July 11, 2010 3:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Router/reset

Already did a reset. I don't use any security software other than what comes with Windows. I know it isn't smart but every one I have tried bogs down my computer. I'm almost certain this problem is caused by a Windows update. Everything was fine after installing Windows until I finished downloading and installing all the updates. I believe one of the updates is causing the networks not to show.

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