Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: orange asteric over the wireless tray icon

14 May 2009   #11
PiMan

Windows 7RC
 
 

I usually use "checking for solutions" yet I hardly ever find that it does offer any solutions worthwhile.

I think that this is just so MS can gleam log reports on their software compatibility.

My connection has been pretty good so far - no disconnections (touch plastic), just have the annoying orange asterix over the network icon.

Hope you manage to sort out your connection.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
14 May 2009   #12
PiMan

Windows 7RC
 
 

Digger,

I'm a newbie so apologies for format of response.

This was my message from "Control Panel\System and Security\Action Center\Message Details"

"This is a Windows 7 beta response. If you have feedback about this response, please use the survey at the bottom of the page.
Address a problem with your wireless network card
Your wireless network card isn't working properly because a compatible driver isn't available for this version of Windows.
The model name of your wireless network card is NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter WPN111.
Because this device isn't compatible with this version of Windows, and there are no solutions available for this problem, we recommend that you find another device on the Microsoft Compatibility website.

Click to go online to the Windows Hardware Compatibility Center"


However when I look at Device Manager my wireless network adapter (WPN111) the driver is digitally signed as a microsoft windows hardware compatibility publisher (netgear).

Go figure!!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2009   #13
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PiMan View Post
I usually use "checking for solutions" yet I hardly ever find that it does offer any solutions worthwhile.

I think that this is just so MS can gleam log reports on their software compatibility.

My connection has been pretty good so far - no disconnections (touch plastic), just have the annoying orange asterix over the network icon.

Hope you manage to sort out your connection.
yea, i am/was/still in the same boat again PiMan. What happens here is, after an uninstall/delete of drivers, then a reboot, let windows install driver, seems to fix everything, no asterix, what seems like good connection and display of. But then do another reboot, and come back to desktop, and i'm back at square one again. Driver reports my usb adapter's usb location, reports the hardware Ids properly now, this didnt happen before when i was installing in comp mode. Even the driver is signed NOW by Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher. Which upon further review of other devices... all but one device, coincidently being the nvidia nforce network controller, is signed "Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher". The nforce is signed by "Microsoft Windows", 7 installed the driver for it as well, havent installed the drivers from nvidia at all yet. This somewhat puzzled me when i found this last night.


work in progress....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

14 May 2009   #14
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PiMan View Post


However when I look at Device Manager my wireless network adapter (WPN111) the driver is digitally signed as a microsoft windows hardware compatibility publisher (netgear).

Go figure!!!

how did you install your driver?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2009   #15
PiMan

Windows 7RC
 
 

also checked ms website and wpn111 is certified for vista x64
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2009   #16
PiMan

Windows 7RC
 
 

I went on Netgear website for latest drivers. Unfortunately the drivers aren't located individually. So I had to download then run whole setup/install for WPN111 adapter.

I then located driver files (mine were in c:\windows\system32\drivers\wpn111vx.sys) I then copied these drivers to folder elsewhere (I have hardware drivers folder in downloads in case of re-install issues).

Then I uninstalled the netgear setup wizard (actually ran setup again and it uninstalled). Then I removed adapter>rebooted then plugged adapter back in and if windows didn't locate driver I browsed towards my copy location (i.e. my hardware driver folders in downloads).

Adapter appears to work but with this stupid icon.

Hope this was useful.

PiMan
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2009   #17
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PiMan View Post
I went on Netgear website for latest drivers. Unfortunately the drivers aren't located individually. So I had to download then run whole setup/install for WPN111 adapter.
there is a way to extract the exe if you like... try this : Universal Extractor | LegRoom.net

Quote:
I then located driver files (mine were in c:\windows\system32\drivers\wpn111vx.sys) I then copied these drivers to folder elsewhere (I have hardware drivers folder in downloads in case of re-install issues).
Ok, for some testing purposes, is there any way you can put those drivers on a flash drive or something, and not have it connected to the pc after an uninstall/driver delete (everywhere)/reboot ? There's a method to my madness here.
Also, if you decide to do this, or even if not, try this -Pay attention to the specific driver for that device, name etc. go to explorer C:\windows\system32\drivers\yourdriver.sys- when you uinstall the adapter driver, either way- thru DM or uinstall programs and the driver is "deleted", tell me if you see it actually being deleted from that folder, in my case, it doesnt delete when i tell it to when uninstalling. This may be a bug i have found, need confirmation.
Quote:

Then I uninstalled the netgear setup wizard (actually ran setup again and it uninstalled). Then I removed adapter>rebooted then plugged adapter back in and if windows didn't locate driver I browsed towards my copy location (i.e. my hardware driver folders in downloads).
try opening up the DM before you pop in the adapter, and watch what goes on.

Quote:
Adapter appears to work but with this stupid icon.

Hope this was useful.

PiMan
Have you not had any D/C issues with that adapter along with the asterix? My situation has varied, no real pattern for me as some others have reported.

But i think i have found another bug, need confirmation. From above when i ask you to try my little method of madness, try this, as it has worked, but i'm still testing it out to see if this is the problem/solution to just addressing the asterix problem, not actually a driver based problem. After you do the uninstall and totally delete, and during one of the repeated controlled field tests tries, after the driver installs go to your network and connect. Next, go to the properties of your connecting network. Connection Tab. Take out the checkmark for connect to network automatically.

Looking like this

orange asteric over the wireless tray icon-jet-props.png

Now, i did this after i D/C'd from the network while connected with the asterix showing still, then i rebooted. Then back to Desktop go to connect to my network (when usually/previously i never had to, since the checkmark. tho in 7000, this was not needed as i always auto connected and still do btw) and voila, manually connected and no asterix. But then i tested again, rebooted WHILE CONNECTED TO NETWORK, at desktop and asterix showing tho also reporting not connected - i manually connect and good stuff, no asterix. Do a double check, and notice that the adapter still pulls the same IP from the network. Therefore it wasnt an issue as the network wasnt allowing the release of the DHCP from the adapter or vice versa, and then if network/router was the problem, the adapter would have pulled a different IP.

so give this a shot, i believe it may cure your asterix woes. The ONLY PROBLEM with doing this is, in my case which i havent yet tested, but remoting into this pc from laptop with the pc on a cold boot, no active user accounts logged in - therefore not allowing the enabling/connecting manually to the network to get a connection. Therefore no RDP conn. So would have to go to the pc manually and fire up an account to have any connection to and from this pc. I also have the options were its used so when logging or switching back and forth between users it wont lose connection, like in XP. Nice feature that is... if only this problem was NOT around.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2009   #18
PiMan

Windows 7RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digger View Post
Quote:
there is a way to extract the exe if you like... try this : Universal Extractor | LegRoom.net
Managed to extract driver file without this but thanks.


Quote:
Ok, for some testing purposes, is there any way you can put those drivers on a flash drive or something, and not have it connected to the pc after an uninstall/driver delete (everywhere)/reboot ? There's a method to my madness here.
Put driver files on microsd card and did as suggested.

Quote:
Also, if you decide to do this, or even if not, try this -Pay attention to the specific driver for that device, name etc. go to explorer C:\windows\system32\drivers\yourdriver.sys- when you uinstall the adapter driver, either way- thru DM or uinstall programs and the driver is "deleted", tell me if you see it actually being deleted from that folder, in my case, it doesnt delete when i tell it to when uninstalling. This may be a bug i have found, need confirmation.
Upon uninsatll my driver file WPN111vx.sys was deleted from C:\windows\system32\drivers\ and network icon went from orange asterix to red X. I had DM open when uninstalling and WPN111 remained visible in DM until I unplugged adapter - as expected. Then rebooted from shutdown not restart.

Quote:
try opening up the DM before you pop in the adapter, and watch what goes on.
Opened DM prior to adapter plug-in. Upon plug-in windows did not auto find driver (on microSD plugged in) and WPN111 appeared as "other device" until I browsed for driver to microSD location. Driver updated OK and WPN111 moved from other device to wireless network adapter - good. Also saw driver repopulate in C:\windows\system32\drivers\ .

Quote:
Have you not had any D/C issues with that adapter along with the asterix? My situation has varied, no real pattern for me as some others have reported.
I have had intermittent D/C (if this means disconnections) from network with this adapter but it seems to improve stability with increased number of reboots (or I'm imagining it!). No real pattern before - i.e. heavy network traffic or anyhting.

Quote:
But i think i have found another bug, need confirmation. From above when i ask you to try my little method of madness, try this, as it has worked, but i'm still testing it out to see if this is the problem/solution to just addressing the asterix problem, not actually a driver based problem. After you do the uninstall and totally delete, and during one of the repeated controlled field tests tries, after the driver installs go to your network and connect. Next, go to the properties of your connecting network. Connection Tab. Take out the checkmark for connect to network automatically.
Tried doing what you suggested above but had red X on network icon prior to connection and after connection also. Rebooted then had a orange* prior to connecting and afterwards as well.

Quote:
Looking like this

Attachment 10784

Now, i did this after i D/C'd from the network while connected with the asterix showing still, then i rebooted. Then back to Desktop go to connect to my network (when usually/previously i never had to, since the checkmark. tho in 7000, this was not needed as i always auto connected and still do btw) and voila, manually connected and no asterix. But then i tested again, rebooted WHILE CONNECTED TO NETWORK, at desktop and asterix showing tho also reporting not connected - i manually connect and good stuff, no asterix. Do a double check, and notice that the adapter still pulls the same IP from the network. Therefore it wasnt an issue as the network wasnt allowing the release of the DHCP from the adapter or vice versa, and then if network/router was the problem, the adapter would have pulled a different IP.
Not too sure how I check the IP address - do I go into my router settings and view from there or can I do it more easily from desktop?

Quote:
so give this a shot, i believe it may cure your asterix woes. The ONLY PROBLEM with doing this is, in my case which i havent yet tested, but remoting into this pc from laptop with the pc on a cold boot, no active user accounts logged in - therefore not allowing the enabling/connecting manually to the network to get a connection. Therefore no RDP conn. So would have to go to the pc manually and fire up an account to have any connection to and from this pc. I also have the options were its used so when logging or switching back and forth between users it wont lose connection, like in XP. Nice feature that is... if only this problem was NOT around
.
I don't really have the issues you mention above (don't have network just PC, mobile, router) so I couldn't comment, sorry.

Thanks for your pointers and if I find a dfinite workaround/fix I'll let you know.

Cheers

PiMan
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2009   #19
PiMan

Windows 7RC
 
 

Sorry Digger last post messy - not understood separating quotes like you did previously. I just hit quote and then typed in between.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 May 2009   #20
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PiMan View Post
Sorry Digger last post messy - not understood separating quotes like you did previously. I just hit quote and then typed in between.
no problem.. only thing tho, if you have a router, and a pc, technically you have a "network".... and by your typing if i understand correctly, you have a pc and a laptop, right? thats your network.

but anyhow, did you try to take out the checkmark in the picture i displayed ealier? I guess where it is, is the confusion you may have had. Two ways to get to this, i'll give you another way.

Control panel/ network and sharing center / manage wireless networks/

then highlight your network by left clicking once, the right clilck it, properties, and thats where that window i posted will be, hit the connections tab, take out the checkmark. Reboot, then manually connect to your network and let me know if that clears the asterix.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 orange asteric over the wireless tray icon




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
wlan icon and sound icon on system tray not working
Good morning experts, Please help me since I dont know what to do to solve this. This mornig I started my laptop, after a few minutes the wifi disconnected and the yellow dot showed on the wifi icon. I tried to click on the icon but nothing happened. Tried to click click clik and nothing...
Network & Sharing
Wireless network - System Tray icon wrong
Hi, I have a Netgear WN111 USB wireless adaptor on my PC (802.11n NIC). It works fine with my WiFi network, but it always displays the wrong icon in the System Tray when connected. It shows the signal bars greyed out, with a yellow star on top. I have tried a Windows update on the...
Network & Sharing
WIN7: How to change the default orange blinking icon on the taskbar?
Hi, Anyone knows who to change the blinking orange icon on the taskbar to other color?
Customization
How to restore missing tray icon? Windows 7 Tray Icons Changer
:cry: hi. im new here. i need help with Windows 7 Tray Icons Changer. maybe i screwed up or something just went wrong and now i cant restore and no audio and network icon display on tray. its display "could not find file 'C:\Windows\system32\SndVolSSo.dll'" and this... Image "captured.png"...
Software
Orange Asterisk on Wireless Icon Despite Connection
Hi all, i am new here. I am connected to the internet via the wireless network so it is definitely connected but I see an orange asterisk on the wireless icon in windows 7 instead of the usual signal strength. I thought this icon meant that you weren't connected but there were wireless...
Network & Sharing
Wireless tray icon stays as "disconnected"
Hi, I've just upgraded to windows 7 from vista and i'm having a really annoying issue, the tray icon that shows my connection to my wireless network constantly shows up with a red "X" over it. I'm connected to the network fine and i know this even by clicking the icon and then right clicking on the...
Network & Sharing


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:32.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App