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Windows 7: Laptop won't auto-connect (removing other networks...?)


17 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Laptop won't auto-connect (removing other networks...?)

I have a really annoying issue with my wireless network whereby on start-up or resume my lappy won't automatically connect to my wireless connection despite the fact that "automatically connect" is checked in properties and the wireless adapter is enabled.

There are currently 4 available wireless networks, 1 which is mine and 3 which must belong to neighbours. If I right-click on any of those other 3 the only option available is connect and it seems they can't be configured, the problem with this being that if I left-click them the "connect automatically" box is always checked. If I uncheck the box, the next time I left-click that connection the "connect automatically" box is checked again. I am wondering if this is causing a conflict whereby Windows 7 doesn't actually connect automatically to any of them as they are all checked...? The only way to connect is if I manually click "connect"...?

So, is my problem that Windows 7 is getting confused and if so is there a way to stop those other networks defaulting to auto connect...? I have tried to find config options for the unwanted connections to delete them or remove auto connect but they either don't exist or are well hidden.

Or could it be that there is another solution to this problem...?

Incidently, my Windows 7 PC which has a wireless connection seems to connect automatically every time I boot it. Why does my lappy need a manual kick-start...?

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17 Dec 2009   #2

 
 

Do you have the latest wireless drives for your laptop?

What is the model of your laptop?
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18 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

It's a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo A1650 (MS2174) with built-in Broadcom 802.11g wireless. It's a few years old now and originally came with XP until I installed a new HDD and dual booted with 7 and XP. It took me a while to track down suitable drivers (the ATi 200 xpress video driver was a nightmare and is a custom build) and I expect the Broadcom is probably a Vista driver at best (ver 5.30.21). The wireless is always enabled by default and the driver seems to work fine without issue. Could the driver cause this particular problem...?
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08 May 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 
It is a bug in windows 7

It is a bug in windows 7

Right click on your network, select properties, and uncheck the autoconnect option. REBOOT!

Go back in and recheck the autoconnect option. REBOOT!

It should now automatically connect.

Windows 7 automatically checks the autoconnect option, but it doesn't correctly implement it until you clear it out and recheck it.
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26 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dfarrer View Post
It is a bug in windows 7

Right click on your network, select properties, and uncheck the autoconnect option. REBOOT!

Go back in and recheck the autoconnect option. REBOOT!

It should now automatically connect.

Windows 7 automatically checks the autoconnect option, but it doesn't correctly implement it until you clear it out and recheck it.
This didn't fix my problem, and I have the exact same problem as the OP. Or rather, it did fix it, but only for 1 reboot.
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28 May 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

If you're reading this, and have this problem, go make a new thread on it so MS can see this problem is not a rare one!
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10 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

It's amazing how many threads there are on this problem, but yet no fix.
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15 Jun 2011   #8

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

i finally figured out that this was my problem... don't want to go into how long it took me to find it but too damn long.
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16 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cx420ns View Post
i finally figured out that this was my problem... don't want to go into how long it took me to find it but too damn long.
So dfarrer's worked for you? It worked for me only for one reboot. I guess I'll try it again.
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