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Unable to find any wireless networks (Suddenly)

by PsionicArchon / July 17, 2007 2:11 AM PDT

Now I've done some poking around so before anyone jumps on me for not using the search feature while being good advise it will do little to solve my problem.

While not a huge problem and nothing more then a rather large inconvenience I am hoping I am not the only one to have this particular problem. Now I have had this happen to me with both of my laptops one was running XP and the other which I have and am using now runs Vista so I am guessing this is probably a software problem with the windows operating system its self and the way it manages wireless networks.

I only notice this when I am connected to a low strength network hotspot or otherwise of 18mb/s or less. Randomly and without warning I will be kicked from the internet and windows will be unable to detect any wireless networks even though it was once able to detect several. This eliminates the theory of the internet its self crashing unless 6 routers all went down at the same time. I find that after I restart suddenly I am able to find all of my networks again.

I have not the slightest idea as to what is causing this problem so if anyone could help that would be wonderful. Thanks in advance.

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What laptop? Make, model?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2007 2:15 AM PDT

It can help. For instance our laptops here (compaqs, acers) all have this button (some call it Flight Mode) to disable WIFI. With it off what you note happens.


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by PsionicArchon / July 17, 2007 2:45 AM PDT

I know about this button and have used it frequently in an attempt to solve this problem by resetting the wireless adapter and it does nothing to help. The problem occurs while the adapter is still on.

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I'm blind.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2007 3:06 AM PDT
In reply to: understood

I see no make, model, OS in use, or any detail that can narrow what advice I can offer. For me to write down all the possible answers given only what is noted above is something I must decline.

However your antispyware scans and the use of WINSOCKFIX is a common cure but it's strictly a shot in the dark.


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Yes I did read XP, Vista but.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2007 3:07 AM PDT
In reply to: I'm blind.

Details are far too slim. Such as did it work with Vista, etc...

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Addition of Details
by PsionicArchon / July 17, 2007 3:37 AM PDT

I am sorry for the lack of detail in my post.
I am using an hp dv9420 operating on windows Vista Home Premium with a Broadcom 802.11a/b/g adapter. this is my current laptop

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Then use the System Restore to when it worked.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2007 4:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Addition of Details

I didn't get an answer to if it ever worked. There are members that have upgraded to Vista and the drivers are not ready. I know it's asking a lot for the details but it's something that some will ask.

Vista on laptops is very new. You have a warranty on any Vista laptop since it hasn't been out one year so you can let them fix it. Remember we don't have a diagnostic to test the wifi card so who's to say it hasn't failed.

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by PsionicArchon / July 17, 2007 4:17 AM PDT

thank you for the help. I wont be able to tell if the problem can be fixed by any methods until I get the problem again. I am home so I am connected to a strong wireless signal where the problem doesn't arise. It could be a driver error caused by updated drivers I have seen this happen often and with vista's incomplete set it may be the source.

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You may have revealed something.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 17, 2007 6:48 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks
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