After creating the log files, i left the computer to do some various things and came back 2-3 hours later. The comp had gone into sleep mode, so i woke it back up. Everything seemed to be the way i left it until i noticed that the system tray icon for my wireless had a big fat X on it.
I started off by checking for my network. I got the message after a minute to turn off any other programs that were managing my network connection. This is fairly odd, as i don't have any other software capable of doing this that i am aware of. After another 30 seconds a new icon appeared in the system tray that looked like a signal strength bar that started small at the bottom and tapered out as it went up. So i right click it and a window pops up. From what i could tell it looked like the wireless adapter's internal network management software, and it seems to have taken over managing my connection and overriding the default software.
Now here's where i made my mistake. I had dealt with a similar issue a few years back, so i did what i did back then. There is a drop down menu in the new window with 2 options: Enable Radio and Disable Radio. Last time i had disabled the radio, which turns off the adapter's software as well as stopping signal reception, and used my lap's key command to start receiving again. Doing this let the default software start managing again and all was well.
This time however, i am getting this message when i try using the command to receive again:
"The Intel PRO/Wireless Network Connection is still disabled. Use PROSet/Wireless to enable it."
The adapter is the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG. Now i took a look at the properties for the adapter, and it is set to "enable". I've tried repairing it, resetting it, restarting the comp, disabling/enabling it, and nothing changes. What i need to do for starters(i think) is find a way to get back to the adapter's software and re-enable the radio setting that i disabled. Anyone have any clues as to where i can find that interface again or maybe shed some light on how this could have happened in the first place? I run XP Pro SP3. If you need/want any more info i'll be happy to provide it.
EDIT: Ok well i found a way to get the adapter to receive again. Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs -> Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software -> "Change/Remove" -> "Repair" -> "Next" --->>> 20 minutes later the adapter has been reinstalled, rebooted and repaired. BTW, if you use a security-enabled wireless network, you'll have to re-enter your WEP, so you might wanna keep it handy...
I would still like to know if anyone knows how to access the adapter's UI, not just the modify/repair utility. Also if anyone knows how this could have happened all by itself, i'd really like to know that as well. All that's left on my system are root kits.
Edited by StayFrosty, 03 June 2010 - 02:58 AM.