Activate Wifi before Windows login screen.

Posted on 2004-08-23
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Last Modified: 2013-11-24

I have a "Medion" laptop (P4, 2.8 GHz), with an integrated wifi device (Prism Intersil).
I have installed Win XP Prof , SP2.
The wifi is working properly, but I had to activate the wifi by using a dedicated button on my laptop.
By browsing the forums, I saw that their was a way to automate this activation of wifi,
by changing a registry key.

This works great, but the trouble is, that wifi only gets active after that the computer has completely started up.

But to login to my domain, I need it to be active when the login screen from windows appears.

I've tried everything. Nothing works.
Configuration of wifi is set to "Let windows configure my ..."
Also tried manually. Didn't help.

PS. Can't find any support or drivers for prism intersil. Has been sold a few times i think.
Question by:Thomas_VDB
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what OS are you using?

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mentioned it, Win XP prof, SP2
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mikeleebrla earned 80 total points
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my bad,, i overlooked that,, but i do have 2 things to mention

1.  i would get a wi fi card that runs in the backgroud as a "service" so it will be active regardless of if anyone is logged into the computer.  Most do and it is very poor design to do it otherwise, (as it causes the problem you are having)

2.  in 2000/XP if you start a computer that is in a domain and the OS sees there is no network connection it should use "cached login credentials" (ie the username/password combo you used when you logged in last time) to let you log into your computer,, this is by design to let you get into your computer if your network is down.

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You're right, I allready heared that I could login because the logindata was cached. But also some other annoying stuff is happening :
- always error : could not mount all network drives (wifi not activated soon enough)
- auto startup outlook + messenger also give errors (same reason).

Do you think it is possible to activate my wifi sooner in any way?


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