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I've suddenly lost the ability to have my inbuilt wireless card (Thinkpad T40), so I installed another card which works great but I now seem to have Wireless Connection Number 6, any idea's how I uninstall all wireless references on my thinkpad?

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by:rindi
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You can try looking for the old wireless software and just uninstall it, or you can open device manager, set the "View" to display "Hidden Devices", and then uninstall those you don't need, or you can rename them. Also within network properties you can rename the NIC's you see, so you can change "Connection Number 6" to something like "PCCard Wireless Adapater".
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by:geeing
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Hi Rindi,

Yes, I tried that.. it seems to have got stuck in a loop and just won't connect.  
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by:rindi
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Exactly what did you try? Renaming the connection should have no other implications, but if you uninstalled the wrong wireless adapter then you may have gotten yourself into trouble...
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Brian Pringle earned 375 total points
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You need to remove the old wireless cards from Device Manager.

1. Right-click "My Computer" and select "Manage".
2. From the left-hand pane, select "Device Manager"
3. In the right-hand pane, expand "Network adapters"
4. Select the "View | Show hidden devices" menu item.
5. In the list of the network adapters, uninstall all instances of old network adapters that are no longer physically installed.

As for the internal NIC, is it still physically installed?  If so, you may have to go into the BIOS to disable it so that Windows will not try to use it.
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by:Brian Pringle
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Please also note that your "Wireless Connection 6" will keep the same name until you manually rename it, even though you removed all of the other devices.

To rename the connection...

1. Right-click "My Network Places" and select "Properties"
2. Right-click "Wireless Connection 6" and select "Rename"
3. Rename the connection to whatever you would like it to be called.
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