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Wireless adapter is working, but can't find wireless networks

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#1 videobruce


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Posted 24 May 2010 - 09:16 AM

On a Dell Inspiration 1545 Laptop with a Broadcom 4312BG wireless chipset (I believe), the driver installed (stock from Dell), when I try to scan for available networks, nothing shows including mine that is three feet away. My other laptop in the same place sees four networks.

I'm running XP pro w/sp3,
No firewall or security software,
No encryption, passwords etc.,
Device manage shows good, the connection shows in Networks with no issue.

I originally tried the software included with the 'Dell' package which was a Intel program (??), but it couldn't find anything. Then I just tried the Windows program, but the same thing.

Other than a broken cable(s) to the internal antenna, or a outright
defective chipset, is there a Windows 'Service" if stopped would cause this to happen?

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#2 CaveDweller2


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Posted 25 May 2010 - 09:21 AM

Any time I am having issues with my wireless, I connect wired and get the latest drivers or software, I uninstall the wireless device from Device Manager, I remove any software having to do with wireless from Add/Remove programs, I reboot and install it back using the latest drivers or software. This solves about 90% of my issues with my wireless connection.

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