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Posted on 2011-03-13
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I have a computer than ran low on memory and the Windows Zero configuration was turned off.  I resolved the ow disk space problem and restarted the Windows Zero configuration.  I can see two other networks, but I can't see my network and many others that usually appear.  I have two other computers on the wieless network and they are up and running fine.  

Does anyone have any ideas what I could do to see my network.  It may be a channel problem since I can see only two networks nd not the usual six I can see (including mine)?
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by:kasommer
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do you have the SSID broadcast turned off on your router?  Often times I've found after changing settings on a computer that I will have to turn broadcast back on on the router in order for the computer to see it so I can link up.  after that I can turn the broadcast off.

You'd think I could type in the router name for non-broadcast routers but that doen'st always seem to work.

YMMV
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by:Rob Hutchinson
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Sure it was your wireless zero config that turned off because of the low disk space, or was it something else that turned it off?

Never seen low disk space do this before, but some cellular/wireless connection applications will turn off the Windows Zero config so that the application can manage the connection.

What I would do is manually put in your wireless settings( on the computer not connecting) for your router instead of waiting for the network to appear to see if this can you get you connected.
(See attached bmp)

Another thing you can try to do, is just restart your router

Do you also have another wirelesss device to see if this is working on your wireless router?

If you have a droid phone, there's an app that will let you see the available wireless networks if you do not have another computer.
WirelessZeroConfig.bmp
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by:Rob Hutchinson
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Opps, didn't see where you said, "I have two other computers on the wieless network and they are up and running fine."

What you can also do on these two working computers, is go into the setup an just look to make sure the settings for the Wireless config matches all three too.

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morinia earned 0 total points
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We did more research on the internet:

      After restarting the windows wireless zero configuration, we found that to turn the wireless on and off on an older IBM laptop, you needed to do Funtion F5.  After a few minutes the internet came back up.

Although all my not agree, this computer is 11 years old and has to be continually monitored for space.  When the space gets to low and the "Low Disk Space" message comes up if not attended to, certain programs shut dowh.
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by:morinia
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It was hit and miss, but the wireless network was finally restored.
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