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Windows 7: Problem with wireless network card

18 Jul 2011   #11
Duckula

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Try that card in another PC. It doesn't happen very often but you may have gotten a dud right out of the box. If I couldn't get it to work in another PC I think I'd return it as defective.
Okay, I tried it in another PC and had basically the same problem, so I returned it and got an upgraded version, the TL-WN851N, but I still have the same problem! What could be causing this? It says that it's working fine in Device Manager, but still just doesn't pick up any networks.


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18 Jul 2011   #12
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

My Guess is one of the other WIFI utilities turned off a service that is required for the Windows Built in WIFI utility to work. I don't have a wireless adapter on this PC at the moment so I'm not sure if I'd see all of them in my services. Look for anything that may be related to wireless, like Wired AutoConfig. If they are not started start them. Just type services in the start menu search box.
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18 Jul 2011   #13
Duckula

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
My Guess is one of the other WIFI utilities turned off a service that is required for the Windows Built in WIFI utility to work. I don't have a wireless adapter on this PC at the moment so I'm not sure if I'd see all of them in my services. Look for anything that may be related to wireless, like Wired AutoConfig. If they are not started start them. Just type services in the start menu search box.
Hmmm, I started any processes that vaguely resembled anything internet-related, but it made no difference. Any other suggestions?
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18 Jul 2011   #14
Anthony

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Did you install the software and driver for the card or just the driver?
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18 Jul 2011   #15
Duckula

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anthony View Post
Did you install the software and driver for the card or just the driver?
Just the driver, because if you're using Vista or Windows 7, it doesn't actually let you install the software.
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18 Jul 2011   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Just a shot in the dark. Take the WiFi adapter out, go to Device Manager and UNinstall/delete drivers. Reboot with the adapter removed. When fully booted plug it back in and see if it gets recognized.
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18 Jul 2011   #17
static1120

Windows 7 Proffesional x64
 
 

Check what networks the wireless card can read, some wireless cards only read wireless G which is the most common and others read G/B networks but if you have a Wireless N router, your wireless card will not be able to connect to that network
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18 Jul 2011   #18
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by static1120 View Post
Check what networks the wireless card can read, some wireless cards only read wireless G which is the most common and others read G/B networks but if you have a Wireless N router, your wireless card will not be able to connect to that network
Good point and overlooked. Thanks.
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18 Jul 2011   #19
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

The card he has now is a TL-WN851N and supports N networks. I'm not 100% percent sure but I believe that all wireless networks in rang will show up even if you only have a G adapter. The only ones you wouldn't see would be N networks on the 5 GHz band or networks with the SSID hidden. He's not seeing any networks at all in his available networks list. Somethings messed up, but I am at a loss as to what it is. I hate to say it, but if it was me, I think I would start over with a clean slate and do a clean install. I might even take the card out until I have windows all setup again and create a restore point before I install it. Sometimes the more you try to fix something the worse it gets.
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19 Jul 2011   #20
wilywombat

win7
 
 

Personnaly, I would take the card out and uninstall any software from either of the cards and then start over again with the installation of the software for the new card.
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