"No wireless networks found in range" ?

  ryko25 09:12 29 May 2010
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Hello, I am a complete novice and therefore have no idea how to fix this (but I'm hoping it's something absurdly simple which I am just too ignorant to fix!)

I've been using an old Dell Latitude C600 laptop with XP and a Belkin 802.11g Wirless card. I've been connected to the internet fine for over a year when suddenly, last week, I started getting the message for "View available networks" "No Wireless networks were found in range - Make sure the wireless switch on your computer is on."
A friend came round with a laptop just to confirm that there still ARE several networks within range, and she connected no problem. But I have been unable to work out what has gone wrong with mine. Weirdly, in tinkering about, at one point I could briefly see several networks (but not the one I need to connect to), but now I am back to zero again.

The Device Manager says the Belkin card is working fine but if I click on the Belkin card it just says "Scanning" and has no data or statistics.

I have tried FN F2 which some forums suggest is a wireless switch for my laptop but this does nothing. I have also made sure the Windows Zero thing is started (which other forums suggest).

The network diagnostic says
Wireless - Service disabled
Wireless - User SSID
action User input required:Specify network name or SSID
Wireless - Radio off
action Manual repair: Turn radio switch on
Wireless - Out of range
action Manual repair: Ensure wireless network is in range
(and in red) Wireless - Hardware issue
info Redirecting user to support call

and later,
Winsock status
info IrDA protocol is not found in Winsock catalog

and later
Network adapter status
info Network connection status: Media disconnected



I have no idea what any of this means! But if someone could help me I would be amazingly grateful. I'm living abroad for a year and without skype I can't see my kids every day!

Many thanks in advance

ryko25

  Technotiger 09:53 29 May 2010

Have you been connecting wireless through your own Router or through someone else's nearby?

  Technotiger 09:55 29 May 2010

Hmm, just had thought - not a fix, but this should really be posted in the Networking Forum rather than the Helproom!

  onthelimit 09:57 29 May 2010

Fn + F2 is correct. You should get a message that it is on/off or a led should light/go out. You could also go to Control Panel, Network Connections - right click your wireless icon and try Repair.

  ryko25 10:38 29 May 2010

Technotiger - Whatever the router, my own, friends', - all working perfectly for other people but MY laptop doesn't work (as explained above)

Onthelimit - Thanks for the tip, have tried this about a hundred times but no joy

  ryko25 10:40 29 May 2010

Technotiger - Whatever the router, my own, friends', - all working perfectly for other people but MY laptop doesn't work (as explained above)

Onthelimit - Thanks for the tip, have tried this about a hundred times but no joy

  onthelimit 11:07 29 May 2010

As a cheap option, I would suggest you borrow/get a wireless dongle and see if that works.

  ryko25 11:19 29 May 2010

no idea what that means

  onthelimit 11:32 29 May 2010

click here - They are inexpensive if you are unable to borrow one.

  Technotiger 13:29 29 May 2010

The reason I asked about the router, is because your details show that the routers SSID is required, if for instance you are using a BTHomeHub the SSID would be BTHomHubxxx, and you would find the SSID and Wireless Key on the back of the Router.

  Technotiger 13:30 29 May 2010

Ooops missed a 'e' - should read BTHomeHubxxx ...

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