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!
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.