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Wireless died?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by MrsKitty, May 28, 2005.

  1. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty

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    Last night, my laptop could not find a wireless connection although it was fine in the AM. Another laptop in the house can so it is not the router.

    I have reinstalled the drivers, Nothing :(

    Nothing has been installed/added/updated/etc.

    Device manager shows it is working properly ;Q

    This is integrated wireless....I am thinking that it is just dead? Any ideas?

    Win XP Pro with all updates current. No viruses detected.
     
  2. I assume you've double checked the SSID, WEP/WPA settings, channels, mode (A/B/G)?

    Is the "built-in" actually a mini card (ie. not a pccard, but screwed in slot)? Is your other laptop the same? You might swap to check.

    You might also see if you can detect wireless at a starbucks or somewhere similar with other open nodes.
     

  3. HerrGlock

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    unplug the wireless access point, count to five, then plug it back in.

    Try pinging the other laptop, if you can, it is probably the access point. This is not uncommon.

    DanH
     
  4. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty

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    Aha! I will try the public access downtown to see if I can get on it today.

    Other laptop is a pcmcia card. This is integrated from factory? No idea where they put it?

    Yes, I double and triple checked everything :(
     
  5. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty

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    Did the unplug. Left it off for 15 minutes. No help :(

    Will ping laptop later when I remove it from the user ;f
     
  6. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

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    Ping the laptop from one of the desktops or another laptop that does see the network. Ping works both ways ;f

    DanH
     
  7. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty

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    Yes, but those have users on them too ;f

    Don't want to start a war before noon ;Q
     
  8. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty

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    Pinging times out.

    Could not get see the public wireless.

    Thus, card dead?
     
  9. What kind of laptop do you have?

    Also - some APs can monitor activity and see who is trying to connect.
     
  10. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty

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    Toshiba

    Yeah--I am not showing up there either.
     
  11. You should check to see if yours is a replaceable mini-pci card (I know some Dells you could choose between 802.11b, 802.11b/g, 802.11a/b/g cards). If it is, you might try to pull it out and re-insert it. And they were user replaceable with a screw driver and the new card. If your toshiba is like that you could just buy the new card (or maybe get it under warranty).

    But it does sound like a lost cause. The plus side, is you can pick up a new wireless pccard for less than $40 bucks.