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Finding Available Wireless Networks

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mbennett, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. mbennett

    mbennett Flightless Bird

    This is a repeat post, but I have made some progress since my last posting.
    I have a Dell Inspiron e1505 with Windows XP Home Ed. I recently did a total
    refresh of the system in order to pass a completely refreshed machine on to
    my daughter. I reloaded Windows using a CD that was version "SP 1a". I then
    used a wired internet connection to upgrade to SP3, and download and install
    all recommended drivers from Dell - matched specifically to my Service Tag
    Number. Everything seems to work great except for the wireless card and/or
    driver. I have followed several technotes from different forums but can't
    seem to find the solution. Currently, my wifi light is on (toggles with F2
    key as it should), and the wireless icon is the system tray, but with a red x
    through it. Most of the liturature says the next step is to go to the
    Control Panel --> Network Connect -->Wireless Network Connection -->
    Properties --> Wireless Networks tab, the Click the box to the left of 'Use
    Windows to configure may wireless network settings.' My problem is that I
    don't have a Wireless Networks Tab in the Wireless Connection Properties box.
    Any ideas what to do next, I have pretty much exhausted on-line liturature
    and other forums.
     
  2. Mark Adams

    Mark Adams Flightless Bird

    "mbennett" wrote:

    > This is a repeat post, but I have made some progress since my last posting.
    > I have a Dell Inspiron e1505 with Windows XP Home Ed. I recently did a total
    > refresh of the system in order to pass a completely refreshed machine on to
    > my daughter. I reloaded Windows using a CD that was version "SP 1a". I then
    > used a wired internet connection to upgrade to SP3, and download and install
    > all recommended drivers from Dell - matched specifically to my Service Tag
    > Number. Everything seems to work great except for the wireless card and/or
    > driver. I have followed several technotes from different forums but can't
    > seem to find the solution. Currently, my wifi light is on (toggles with F2
    > key as it should), and the wireless icon is the system tray, but with a red x
    > through it. Most of the liturature says the next step is to go to the
    > Control Panel --> Network Connect -->Wireless Network Connection -->
    > Properties --> Wireless Networks tab, the Click the box to the left of 'Use
    > Windows to configure may wireless network settings.' My problem is that I
    > don't have a Wireless Networks Tab in the Wireless Connection Properties box.
    > Any ideas what to do next, I have pretty much exhausted on-line liturature
    > and other forums.
    >


    Is this your computer?:

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins6400/en/om/MD4024MR.pdf

    Follow the instructions starting on page 69. Check the wireless network card
    as instructed on page 70. If the machine doesn't show a wireless card, check
    the Express Card slot (page 65). Is the card present? If not, there you go.
    If it is present and it isn't detected, there you go. It's failed. Get a new
    one. If it's there and working, follow the instructions for setup.

    When everything else fails, get a wireless USB adapter. The machine has 4
    USB ports; one can be spared for a wireless adapter.
     
  3. smlunatick

    smlunatick Flightless Bird

    On Sep 1, 1:53 am, mbennett <mbenn...@discussions.microsoft.com>
    wrote:
    > This is a repeat post, but I have made some progress since my last posting.
    > I have a Dell Inspiron e1505 with Windows XP Home Ed. I recently did a total
    > refresh of the system in order to pass a completely refreshed machine on to
    > my daughter. I reloaded Windows using a CD that was version "SP 1a". I then
    > used a wired internet connection to upgrade to SP3, and download and install
    > all recommended drivers from Dell - matched specifically to my Service Tag
    > Number. Everything seems to work great except for the wireless card and/or
    > driver.  I have followed several technotes from different forums but can't
    > seem to find the solution.  Currently, my wifi light is on (toggles with F2
    > key as it should), and the wireless icon is the system tray, but with a red x
    > through it.  Most of the liturature says the next step is to go to the
    > Control Panel --> Network Connect -->Wireless Network Connection -->
    > Properties --> Wireless Networks tab, the Click the box to the left of 'Use
    > Windows to configure may wireless network settings.'  My problem is that I
    > don't have a Wireless Networks Tab in the Wireless Connection Properties box.
    >  Any ideas what to do next, I have pretty much exhausted on-line liturature
    > and other forums.


    The missing wireless network tab generally means that the Wireless
    Zero Configuration service is not "enabled." Check in the Service
    applet in the Control Panel "Administrative Tools" options.

    Or you might have also gotten Dell' own "connection tool."
     

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