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Windows 7: cannot see wireless network (old laptop)


22 Oct 2009   #1

 
 
cannot see wireless network (old laptop)

When I go to set up a network connection, the 'wireless' option is not even there. When I attempt to add a wireless device, it tells me it is disabled (with no way to enable it).

I have been rummaging through these posts and trying everything. I have an old Dell Latitude (x300) that I use to play around with. I've had XP, Vista and Ubuntu installed...and each time I had no problem connecting to my (wireless) router. For some reason with this 7 I can't because it can't see it.

I've rebooted the router. I've went to Dell to find the latest drivers for my NIC card, but with this being an old laptop they are not working (I've tried quote a few). I even tried some of their new drivers to no avail (system claims incompatibility). Went in device manager to make sure the network adapters were there. Went to services to make sure WLAN status = started/automatic. Heck I've even tried plugging in an old Belkin wireless G USB adapter and still nada.

Right now I am lost. Any suggestions? Read something about "delete the auto make link" in another forum but I have no idea what that means.

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22 Oct 2009   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 6thSense View Post
When I go to set up a network connection, the 'wireless' option is not even there. When I attempt to add a wireless device, it tells me it is disabled (with no way to enable it).

I have been rummaging through these posts and trying everything. I have an old Dell Latitude (x300) that I use to play around with. I've had XP, Vista and Ubuntu installed...and each time I had no problem connecting to my (wireless) router. For some reason with this 7 I can't because it can't see it.

I've rebooted the router. I've went to Dell to find the latest drivers for my NIC card, but with this being an old laptop they are not working (I've tried quote a few). I even tried some of their new drivers to no avail (system claims incompatibility). Went in device manager to make sure the network adapters were there. Went to services to make sure WLAN status = started/automatic. Heck I've even tried plugging in an old Belkin wireless G USB adapter and still nada.

Right now I am lost. Any suggestions? Read something about "delete the a

uto make link" in another forum but I have no idea what that means.

Its not the nic. Most dells incuding mine have a key combo to turn on the wifi. In mine it Fn+F2.

Does yours have a key combo to turn on the wifi??

Ken
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22 Oct 2009   #3

 
 

I tried that to and nothing happened. Actually, since the install none of the FN+ commands work to be honest.
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22 Oct 2009   #4

 
 

Do you think by installing a hotkey driver that could help?

Thinkpad X300:Hotkey Driver | Laptop - Notebooks Drivers Updates
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