I just want to start off by saying thanks to all of you at bleepingcomputer.com
I also want to say it's been a long time since I've been here, which in a way is a good thing seeing as I've been able to diagnose and solve all problems on my own...until now.
I have a 2007(?) Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop. I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit installed for quite a while now and it's been working fine. However, a few days ago the wireless stopped working.
I've checked the Device Manager to see if there was anything wrong with the driver, and there wasn't any red X's or yellow exclamation points. I uninstalled it anyway, shut down my computer, and rebooted. Driver is reinstalled but wireless card isn't picking up any networks.
When I hit Windows Key + X, it brings up the Windows Mobility Center and under the Wireless Network box, the button to "Turn wireless on" is greyed out. Weird.
As it stands now, the ethernet port still works and when I have it unplugged, the icon shows the wireless bars with a red X in the corner.
I've disabled my Avast! anti-virus program as well. It is not running after I rebooted my computer again.
Also, going to cmd and typing ipconfig shows the "Media State....Media Disconnected".
I have also taken my laptop apart using the Dell Support Guide, checked the connections, and nothing looked any different from previous teardowns (when I have had to clean the fans).
If anyone has any more ideas I can try, I appreciate the input. Thanks!