Can't reinstall/reactivate wireless networking on Dell Inspiron 9200
Posted on 2006-05-24
I have a Dell Inspiron 9200. I had to wipe the system (virus problems) and in the course of reinstalling everythign, I cannot get the wireless networking to work. I have talked to multiple Dell techs, and they swear I have the right driver download. I run it, it seems to install fine, but when the icon shows up in the bottom right tray, it says "no supported wireless adapters available on this system." The system is out of warranty, so I haven't been able to press Dell on what's going wrong. Maybe this is too specific about a unique system, but if I can avoid having to pay Dell $75 for a fee based service call, I would like to.
I have gone into Bios to make sure wireless networking didn't get turned off there, it says all fine, all wireless features turned on. I have used the Dell Funtion-F2 key feature that turns on wireless networking, no effect. I have gone into the device manager and uninstalled an unnamed device listed under networking. When I restart, it says new hardware found, it wants to search the internet, but I tell it I have the file. I point it to the correct Dell drivers directory, but it says no appropriate file there.
If anyone has any other ideas for what to try, I'm all ears. On the Dell support site, I have my system service tag entered and it gives me a screen that gives a list of part numbers about my system. The closest thing to a line describing wireless networking is this item: Part No: M5471 MODULE, CARD (CIRCUIT), NETWORK, 2200, SULLIVAN/TOBAGO, DELL AMERICAS ORGANIZATION. The Dell driver I was told to download is 126293, Intel Pro Wireless Network driver A12, and it says Inspiron 9200 in the list of systems. My service tag is: 3VKP761 and the system was shipped 1/20/05 if any of that helps.