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Windows Wireless Network Connection Problem

Dear All,

I'm using Dell Inspiron 6400. After I reinstalled Windows XP SP2, I can't set up or connect to wireless network. I had no problem connecting to wireless network previously. I did not disturb any hardware part of my laptop as well.
My Windows "Wireless Network Connection" icon in the Network Connections folder inside Control Panel does not exist. I have tried to install wireless network driver downloaded from Dell website. It does not help. Inside my Network Connection Folder, currently there is one item named "1394 Connection 5" with device name "1394 Net Adapter" which is always shown connected, which I don't know what it is. Its connection type is "LAN or High-Speed Internet". Nevertheless I still can connect to the internet using normal LAN through Local Area Connection as usual. I suspect that that 1394 item could be related to the failure of my wireless network connection. At first I also thought that there is other application that manage my wireless network connection, but after I have checked, no other application exists. I have also checked in Services in Administrative Tools in Control Panel, the Wireless Zero Configuration is always started and the startup type is automatic.
I have googled for information or clues, but still couldn't find anything which is helpful.
I would appreciate if someone could provide me an answer or a clue. Millions of thanks in advance!

Best Regards,
A clueless wireless network user
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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Thanks to blimster and rindi in giving me useful clues. I have solved the problem!

In the device manager, the wireless device was not in the list. I also couldn't find the Dell CD that contains the correct driver. But I finally found the wireless device name in the receipt during purchase of the laptop. Then I  downloaded the related driver from Dell website. Bingo! It works! I should have thought about that at the beginning.

Anyway, thanks a lot guys!
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