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Is My Wireless Card Failing?

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#1 jaimber


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Posted 30 November 2007 - 10:10 AM

I just moved and set up my wireless network last night. I've successfully connected to the network with 3 computers, but my desktop doesn't seem to want to work. I have a Linksys Wireless G router and my desktop has a Linksys Wireless PCI card v2.7.
My computer detects the network, but when I try to connect I get the following message: "Windows is unable to connect to the selected network. The network may no longer be in range. Please refresh the list of available networks and try to connect again." When I refresh the list all of the networks disappear. They don't reappear until I fiddle with the adapter settings or reboot.
I can connect to the neighbor's unprotected wireless network, so this error is hard for me to troubleshoot. I've restarted my computer, repaired the connection, changed the wireless channels, etc, but nothing seems to be working. Is my wireless card dying?
Any ideas?
Thank you in advance!

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 04:13 PM

Are the other computers that can connect hardwired or are they wireless also?

I would first make sure that your Local Area Connection on this wireless computer is disabled. On XP go to Start -> Control Panel -> Network Connections (in Classic View) and then right click on your local area connection and then make sure it is disabled.

This may or may not be the issue.

Also, is it possible that there is any interference going on? Meaning: Your router broadcasts at a frequency of 2.4GHz. Many cordless telephones do too. I have seen, in the past, this cause problems with wireless connections similar to what you have going on.

You can also try to update or re-install the drivers for that PCI card.

Of course it is always possible that the wireless NIC is dying too...

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:26 PM

Thanks for the advice. I did disable my local area connection but that didn't do the trick.

We have 3 other computers that have connected wirelessly with no issues... and I can connect to neighbor's unsecured networks with the desktop in question which is why troubleshooting has been so difficult.

I also did re-install the driver, which didn't help either. I'm all out of ideas here... Do you have any more?

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:46 PM

Recently (at work) we've had a couple of issues with the LinkSys connection software. I'd suggest disabling it and trying to use the Windows software to connect.

As I recall, the LinkSys software leaves a green box in your system tray - and you can right click on it to turn it off (and let Windows manage your connection).
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