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Old 07-12-07, 01:45 PM
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Wireless problem - can't see networks, but I'm connected!

This is an odd problem that just started a couple days ago; I can no longer see whatever wireless networks exist. When I boot up, I'll get a balloon that says "wireless networks are available, click here to see the list". But the window that opens says that there are no wireless networks.

When I open up the "change preferred networks" window, there's nothing populated in the list. If I manually add something, it won't be there after I close the window.

The strangest thing is, I am currently connected via wireless. However there aren't any listed as being available, and the tray icon has a red "x" and says I'm not even connected! The only way I was able to connect was to allow the computer to automatically connect to any available network.

I had installed Yahoo! Widgets this past weekend, and don't know if that screwed anything up. (I've since uninstalled it.)

This is a 6-month-old HP Pavilion laptop, running XP Media Center. Dual-core 1.8GHz processors, 2GB of RAM, plenty of available space on the hard drive.

Any thoughts at all?
Old 07-16-07, 12:50 PM
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See if you can disable the computer's wireless adpater/radio and then turn it back on. It can usually be done by some combination of keystrokes, such as Funtion + F2, etc.
Old 07-17-07, 04:52 PM
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Got it solved. Turned out to be a bit more complicated than expected - there was a Microsoft service that wasn't getting started on boot-up, and it was a dependent of the Wireless Zero Configuration service. So WZC was running, but not working properly. Took a while to track that one down!

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