Log into Vista and Laptop's Wireless light indicator turns off?!

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First time trouble shooting a Laptop with Vista. Searching and all I can find are intermittent problems. This has been working, but they have a young son that we think infested it with spyware and now can't connect to the internet via wireless. I've done the basic spyware cleanup, New Anti Virus definitions, Hi-jack this and got things from an IE viewpoint all cleaned up. But I notice that when I reboot the laptop, the Wireless ON indicator on the front of the Sony Viao is on. It stays on until the Windows Login prompt. I pick the user and the Wireless light goes off. I try to trouble shoot the wireless connection and it tells me I need to turn on the wireless device.

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is there not a hard switch on the outside of the laptop that you could toggle to make the wifi come back on?

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hard switch is left in the ON the whole time. Toggle it does not help until I reboot.
creat a new profile and see what happens when you login into it.
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Don't know this Vaio, but with my Lenovo there is also a Hotkey FN-F5 to activate and deactived the Wireless Components.

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Created a new profile, same problem...but later in the login process before the light goes off.

There is no hotkey FN option.

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check the advanced power options under the control panel.  Also, what does the device manager say? Does it see the wireless adapter?
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If you press the Windows Key + X you get the Mobility Center, here is a button to turn of wireless.

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Pressing Windows+x and see option for Wireless, but it's grey out and tells me I need to turn on wireless.

If I boot into Safe mode with networking, it works with no problem. Going into Device manager I don't see the wireless device, I just see the same network adapters that I see normally, the PCI-e ethernet and the Controller.

Trouble shooting on normal login I notice the wireless light goes out when the the LanUtil.exe that Sony provides executes. So I removed that from loading in msconfig and now the light stays on. And now I see my wireless router as an option to connect to. But I appear to only have a limited connection? Why would Lantulil be giving me grief?

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What do you mean with limited connection?

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where you can connect to the router but for some reason you are not assigned a IP address. I wonder if I should just go to Sony's site and download the necessary drivers and re-install.

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The router has DHCP service running?
Did you try to set a fixed IP adress?

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I wasn't going to worry about as I suspect that's a side effect to the real problem. That is I need to figure out why the LanUtil.exe is causing the Wireless device to turn off. It's a program that sony provides and has been running from day one and now it causes the wireless card to turn off?

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Normally you don't need such stuff. I'm running fine on my Thinkpad without Lenovo Software.

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In XP, there is a way to clearly indicate if you want Windows to be in charge of the wireless adapter or 3rd party software. Same true in Vista? If so, same place?

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Sorry, i don't have a Vista anymore, only Windows 7. I remember that there is a Possiblities to do that, but a don't remember where it was
 

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