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Wireless XP Mystery

by TaraDi / September 8, 2006 12:14 AM PDT

I have XP and have a linksys wireless card that has worked fine without issue for 2 years. When a signal is to be had, I always get a prompt showing the avail. signals even if they are too low of a signal to connect.

Recently, I was connected to a NetGear router without issue to a 3Com modem. We just switched out to a Motorola and now my laptop won't see any signals ever. I've taken it to several different areas with connections it used to see and now there is nothing - just the constant X over the wireless icon - which doesn't even allow me to go to Advanced to see if there are networks available to connect to.

I upgraded to XP Service Pack 2 last night on advice of a tech guy and rebooted and still nothing. The card says it is getting power and the drivers are still present. It just won't see any signals.

Does anyone have any clue what to do? Is the card dead or is there something odd that may have shut down my ability in XP to get my laptop to see wireless signals anymore?

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That happened to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 12:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Wireless XP Mystery

I put in a new router and my laptop would have nothing to do with it.

I was just about to pack it in when I found newer router firmware. The router came with very old firmware.

It's working now.


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by TaraDi / September 8, 2006 12:21 AM PDT
In reply to: That happened to me.

Did you have trouble when you moved the computer outside of your home router? Because I took mine to another house with a Linksys router and still nothing and then also out of town and still the X on the icon, which makes me think it is not router based?

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This was not in your post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 12:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Router?

And you are in the Virus forum.

If it does not work at a free hotspot and elsewhere, go back with System Restore to when it worked.


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by TaraDi / September 8, 2006 1:24 AM PDT

Sorry, I thought I said the router issue more clearly. I'm in virus because my tech guy said it could be virus related. I was wondering if anyone else had the same issue and maybe it was a virus since it the wireless card works (the tech guy got a signal), the router's work and I did the XP upgrade.

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If it's virus related, then name the virus.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 2:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Router

That would be best. Scan with EWIDO, and if you can HOUSECALL.

I've seen claims that such is a virus but we find some setup issue, a firewall set to MAXIMUM (ie. cut me off from the network) or a driver someone accepted from Microsoft.

All this and more clues are needed to see if the cause is found.


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One more thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 2:03 AM PDT

Hardware can die. You can't imagine the people I know that insisted the cause be found, paid hundreds of bucks and the wifi card was dead. Then there was this one fellow that wanted me to find out why the card died....


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by TaraDi / September 8, 2006 2:14 AM PDT
In reply to: One more thing.

Yeah, I bought a new Belkin wireless card last night. The tech guy said he had a signal, but it might be on its last legs. I will check the Firewall and drivers again tonight and then if nothing looks like it is blocking, then I will uninstall the Linksys and install the Belkin.

Thanks for the advice!

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