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Wireless issues with a desktop


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#1 Gorrondona

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 03:49 PM

I am working on a Compaq Presario desktop running XP Home that needs to have wireless access. I started with a Belkin USB Wireless adapter that was originally on another computer and working fine. It installed correctly and the computer recognizes it. But it is not picking up any networks in range. There are several in the area and I can even type in SSID manually and it will still not connect. I then uninstalled the Belkin and installed a brand new Rosewill Wireless N USB Device. And it had the same results, windows detects the card, says it is working but will not pick up any networks. I have tried the Windows wireless utility and Rosewill utility. I am very stumped at the moment.

Any help or ideas would be appreciated.

TL:DR - Multiple wireless devices cannot pick up wireless networks on desktop computer.

Edited by hamluis, 06 October 2010 - 04:13 PM.
Moved from XP to Networking ~ Hamluis.


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Posted 07 October 2010 - 11:44 AM

Hi,

It's just a stab in the dark but I have found that not all USB ports are created equal. I recently ran into this at a client site using a new HP LaserJet printer - I had to plug the printer into a different USB port in order to get it recognized. Try moving the USB wireless device to different ports and see if that helps.

Thanks,
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Posted 07 October 2010 - 03:04 PM

What happens if you install a PCI based wireless adapter instead of USB?

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 04:03 PM

I don't have any PCI cards available at the moment, they are on order. And I actually figured it out this afternoon. It only had XP SP1, so I installed SP2 and it started working immediately. Strange. Thanks for the help anyways.




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