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Wireless Network Adapter missing


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#1 midnightworker

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 11:47 PM

I have an Inspiron 6000 that was hooked up to a Belkin Wireless Network Utility 2.1 with a Belkin Wireless G USB adapter. This and 2 other PCs were set up professionally last year. Yesterday discovered that the USB adapter is broken (broke off of adapter end). The original owner said she didn't have to use an adapter to connect to the internet. I searched for a wireless network adapter in the device manager. There isn't one. The only Network adapters are 1394 Net Adapter and Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller. What do I need to purchase to install a built-in adapter?

There is a PCMCIA adapter - Ricoh R/RL/5C476(II) or Compatible Cardbus Controller listed in the device manager. Can this be used to make a wireless connection? If so what do I need to purchase to connect through the Belkin Wireless Network I have.

I am confused with this wireless adapter stuff!

Thanking you in advance, midnightworker

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 01:10 PM

Hello midnightworke,

Your Inspiron 6000 should have a built-in wireless adapter. I'm thinking the drivers for it probably need to be reinstalled. Try looking on the bottom of your laptop for a "Service Tag." Then go to http://support.dell.com/ and click on Drivers and Downloads. Click "Choose by Service Tag" and enter in the service tag that's on the bottom of your laptop, and click on Go. Scroll down to Network, and look for one that says wireless (if my memory is correct, I think the Insipron 6000s have the Intel PRO Wireless). Click on Download Now. Save it to your desktop, and then double click on it to run the installer. It'll probably prompt you to restart your computer.

Hope this helps! :thumbsup:

Oh, and the PCMCIA adapter - Ricoh R/RL/5C476(II) or Compatible Cardbus Controller is for the picture card reader, not a wireless adapter, so it can't be used to make a wireless connection.
Regards,
Jason

 

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