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Posted on 2008-06-19
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Wireless was working fine (on wep)
Ran super antispy on a  machine full of bugs - found loads  
Changed the (old) router from wep to WPA
Removed some items (some spurious) in the startup group.

Rebooted.

Wireless dead.

My laptop will connect to the new ssid / wpa / password.

Client said there used to be a gui - no longer pops up (client is no that PC literate)
There also a hard ware switch Ive made sure is on.

Ive checked wireless zero configuration and toggled it on/off

............ there is a poss that the laptop doesnt like WPA - but not to see the ssid at all?

Ive various plans - the last one being a wireless pcmcia card.  
 
Ive looked carefully in the startup group for the unchecked items and I (think) I have all the pertinent ones checked.

Also - Use windows for wireless is checked.

What to do next? - scratching head  


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Check in router page see if you incidently check to disable broadcast SSID?

What do you mean "wireless dead" ? is it not seen or device failed?
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Check in router page see if you incidently check to disable broadcast SSID?

> My other laptop connects to it.

What do you mean "wireless dead" ? is it not seen or device failed?

> The laptop doesnt see any wireless networks / ssids in the area.
Its sitting beside the working router.

 
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If the wireless was onboard when the laptop was new, download the drivers from the manufacturer and reinstall.

And...as one of my cohorts here recently pointed out to me, if the wireless is mini-pci on the laptop motherboard, make sure it's seated correctly.

-Axiomtech-
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Just want to make sure that you have not disabled the broadcast SSID for security (preventing ousiders  to see and trying to use or access your wireless). Also make sure you have done reconfigure the new SSID and pass when you setup WAP on other PCs. If those PCs have worked on your old WEP setup before, then they should able to detect the SSID.
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The new ssid is detected on the my laptop there.

The driver update is an idea.

Its possible I have disabled some feature in msconfig as well - I did disable some items there.

Will report back in a few days.  (I will bring a pcmcia wireless card with me on next visit just in case / she is connected via Ethernet in the mean time)

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Bad wireless card - replaced wireless card and it worked.

Delete question pls.
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