Posted 28 January 2010 - 02:32 PM
Status on this: I've now gone into the BIOS and turned all the wireless stuff off. I may have overdone it. I had the following options (all enabled):
Wireless Switch (set to just WiFi)
I turned them all OFF. The onboard WiFi card has now vanished from the Device Manager. I wonder if I should, however, have left the WiFi Catcher on?? Or should I? Isn't that the function that scans for networks?? If it is, it was NOT working before I did this, even though its status was ENABLED.
Anyway, after doing all this, I checked the program list, no WiFi drivers visible. Then I put the card in the box - no networks - and installed the utility. Still no networks, and I've never been able to "enable" the device on the adapter list and have it actually show as "enabled," although Device Manager says it is.
After I did all this, I got an update on my TrendNet help desk ticket, who said uninstall the utility, just install the drivers (there is no option for this; I've asked for clarification), and use the Windows 7 wireless utilities.
Frankly, I think I have a defective device, and have told TrendNet so. What bothers me is that it or something related to it has disabled what was a perfectly functional (if slower) Intel wireless card. I spoke to TrendNet support on the phone about the problem, and after I made it clear that I could NOT detect any wireless networks, his advice was to plug the thing into a different laptop and see if it still failed. Well, I don't have 2 laptops, and given what it did to my wireless card, I hesitate to put it into somebody else's expresscard slot, even if I could find someone with an expresscard slot. I realize this is standard troubleshooting, but really.
Thank you for listening to my rant, and if anyone has any suggestions I'm open to them.