Sunday, January 15, 2012

Can't detect Wireless Network

Laptop Problem

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To deal with this problem, there's a few things you need to take note...

The problem with laptops is there are about 4 or 5 different ways the wireless can be disabled.

1) click Start > run > ncpa.cpl and check "wireless connection" is showing as enabled
(right click on it, select disable, right click on it again and select enable)

2) If your laptop have the wireless switch, make sure that is set to on.

3) Now with some laptops, i've seen they have a wireless program (third party or manufacture
software) which also controls the wireless. Make sure it's also turned on.

Remark : My old laptop used to have a wireless switch, which would do nothing unless you went in
to The wireless IBM software and "enabled" the wireless connection.

4) Have a look in your start menu for manufacture software for example ACER to see if theres a
wireless configuration utility and open it up. Have a look through the settings see if anything
stands out.

5) Open your Device Manager and see if your wireless driver got yellow exclamation mark. If it has
it, Then try to update the driver. ( I prefer uninstall but don't remove driver file and restart ).

After ensuring all steps above and still no luck, then we can move on to the second stage.

1) Start > Run and type in msconfig then hit Enter.

2) Untick it from the list under the StartUp tab, click Apply and click the Services tab, tick Hide all
Microsoft and untick the Atheros entry, click Apply and OK.

3) After the forced restart, tick "Don't show this message again" and then check in Control
Panel>Administrative Tools>Services that the Wireless Zero Configuration is running
and set to Automatic.

Please comment if you have a suggestion or found another way to fix this...

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