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Windows 7: Wireless Icon Problem

25 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Wireless Icon Problem

Hi,

Sorry if this was already posted somewhere but I couldn't find it. I have been having a problem with the wireless icon in the system tray. Whether I am connected to a network or not it always displays the "Networks are Available" icon. Also, my laptop likes to lose internet access at random times and the only way to fix it is to restart the computer. Restarting the router does nothing.

Thanks in advance,
Jeremy


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25 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

You can fix the icon always showing up by clicking on the little arrow lower right next to your wlan icon. After that choose the "customize" in blue. From there you can choose to hide the icon or only show notifications.

As for the network dropping problem. That problem usually relates to the network driver being used. I would look at HP support in the link below for those.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/s...842155&lang=en

If you have an Nvidia chipset there may be more recent drivers in the link below.
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
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25 Apr 2010   #3

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
You can fix the icon always showing up by clicking on the little arrow lower right next to your wlan icon. After that choose the "customize" in blue. From there you can choose to hide the icon or only show notifications.
Slightly off-topic interjection...

Toggling hide/show is also available by drag and drop. Simply drag the target icon to the desired location (shown/hidden).
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25 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for the replies. I want the icon there, I just would like it to actually show the status of my connection. In the attached picture, I am connected to a wireless network but the picture says otherwise. I have the latest drivers for my wireless card from Intel (it's an Intel 4965agn card).Name:  wireless.JPG
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25 Apr 2010   #5

 

When I bridge my NICs to the XBox360, and the XBox is powered off, I get the same thing. Do you have a bridge? Rt click an adapter to double check.
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25 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jrope3991 View Post
Thanks for the replies. I want the icon there, I just would like it to actually show the status of my connection. In the attached picture, I am connected to a wireless network but the picture says otherwise. I have the latest drivers for my wireless card from Intel (it's an Intel 4965agn card).Attachment 69437
Do you have BlueSoleil bluetooth software installed? It might have come with the computer so please investigate fully. It is known to cause this behavior.
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25 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jrope3991 View Post
Thanks for the replies. I want the icon there, I just would like it to actually show the status of my connection. In the attached picture, I am connected to a wireless network but the picture says otherwise. I have the latest drivers for my wireless card from Intel (it's an Intel 4965agn card).Attachment 69437
Do you have BlueSoleil bluetooth software installed? It might have come with the computer so please investigate fully. It is known to cause this behavior. Please see Wireless Icon
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25 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I don't have any kind of bluetooth software or hardware on my computer nor do I have any bridges. This was a clean install of Windows 7 Pro from Vista Home. It has been fine since I installed it back when the RTM version was released. Could it possibly have something to do with the VPN connection that I have saved for connecting to my network at school? I have TONS of problems with that connection.
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25 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jrope3991 View Post
I don't have any kind of bluetooth software or hardware on my computer nor do I have any bridges. This was a clean install of Windows 7 Pro from Vista Home. It has been fine since I installed it back when the RTM version was released. Could it possibly have something to do with the VPN connection that I have saved for connecting to my network at school? I have TONS of problems with that connection.
I only have used the Cisco VPN software. What are you using? I'll research and get back to you. Really -- I will ;-) See the stack shims that bluetooth networking and many VPN stacks use are similar in the way they interact with the Windows 7 networking stack. Windows is built to be extensible but sometimes the extensions are not written exactly to the extension specification and leave out little things like "updating the status icon". Due to the architecture of the stack and the fact that Microsoft cannot predict all the squirrelly things that 3rd parties might try, this little hole seems to exist. Requiring wireless code to update the status is a "good idea". It keeps the kernel mode stuff from having to poll, makes updates more interactive and improves performance by avoiding kernel to user mode switching.

When and/or if you find this is the case. Let me know who the stack driver is written by and I'll see what I can do.
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26 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jrope3991 View Post
I don't have any kind of bluetooth software or hardware on my computer nor do I have any bridges. This was a clean install of Windows 7 Pro from Vista Home. It has been fine since I installed it back when the RTM version was released. Could it possibly have something to do with the VPN connection that I have saved for connecting to my network at school? I have TONS of problems with that connection.
I only have used the Cisco VPN software. What are you using? I'll research and get back to you. Really -- I will ;-) See the stack shims that bluetooth networking and many VPN stacks use are similar in the way they interact with the Windows 7 networking stack. Windows is built to be extensible but sometimes the extensions are not written exactly to the extension specification and leave out little things like "updating the status icon". Due to the architecture of the stack and the fact that Microsoft cannot predict all the squirrelly things that 3rd parties might try, this little hole seems to exist. Requiring wireless code to update the status is a "good idea". It keeps the kernel mode stuff from having to poll, makes updates more interactive and improves performance by avoiding kernel to user mode switching.

When and/or if you find this is the case. Let me know who the stack driver is written by and I'll see what I can do.
I am using the built in VPN in Windows. The Cisco one isn't compatible with 64-bit (at least the one that Penn State provides us).
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