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Wireless network adapter help needed

submitted on April 24, 2012 by bemicmom in "Products / Gadgets", last updated on May 30, 2012 by YanBz
I need help.
I formatted my Laptop due to some reason.
Installed with all drivers and softwares but now it's not connecting to Internet..
Did all possible steps but cannot able to connect with internet wireless or directly with modem.

Does wireless network adapter can help?

This product I found http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....3425c15e8a
Can I able to connect to Internet if use this product.
     

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    shawndiaz
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    Posted by shawndiaz on April 24, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    First, check the device manager in your OS and be sure that all devices are loaded and installed correctly. Look at the wireless adapter and Network devices to be sure that they are loaded and running.

    Let us know what OS you are using as well (Windows, Macintosh, Linux, etc. and version number) as this will help us help you to resolve the connections.
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    • bemicmom
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      Posted by bemicmom on May 27, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Sorry Shawndiaz, I always feel lazy to do such activities.
      My system is
      Microsoft Windows XP
      Professional
      Version 2002
      Service pack 1
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    • bemicmom
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      Posted by bemicmom on May 27, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Also when I checked for all devices
      I got :-
      Network Adapters
      Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Mobile Connection
      ?Other Devices
      ?Network Controller
      ?PCI Modem

      I don't know much about all this.
      Don't have any CD to download any other devices.
      Please help it's working fine except not connecting to Internet by any means.
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on May 28, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Hi bemicmom, your network driver is missing. Can you post the make and model of your laptop - I should be able to find a driver link for you? You can download onto a USB stick, install it, and restart your computer to get the wired (RJ45 jack) Ethernet connection going.
      The Intel PRO/100 sometimes does not play nice, and you might need to reinstall your Broadcom / Intel / other NIC driver.
      Once the wired internet is working, you can then update XP to SP3 or SP4, and then get the wireless drivers to stably maintain a WiFi connection.
      Remember to restart computer, cable modem and WiFi router after every step.
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    • bemicmom
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      Posted by bemicmom on May 29, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Thanks, it's IBM T42 it's very old....
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    samm_is
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    Posted by samm_is on May 29, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    Thats a good, robust machine!

    start with this: http://support.lenovo.com/en_U.....MIGR-62922

    Reboot, check if the Ethernet is working. Update Windows to XP SP3/SP4. Check if WiFi drivers show up in Windows update. If not,

    follow up with all six drivers for WiFi(Lenovo put in variable wireless mini-PCI cards - you only NEED either 1 or 2 of these):
    http://support.lenovo.com/en_U.....MIGR-55386
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    • bemicmom
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      Posted by bemicmom on May 29, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Your first link is taking me to
      http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILib.....MIGR-62922

      Sorry but I am not finding any drivers there.
      Please tell me the steps.
      Thanks.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on May 29, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      I'm afraid you'll have to copy and paste the links - they are being redirected incorrectly.

      here's the first link:
      support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-62922

      and the second link:
      support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-55386
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on May 29, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Hi Bemicmom, seems like it was a 'lost in transposition' issue - just copy and paste the same links as pointed out by HouTex, and follow the sequence.
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    • bemicmom
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      Posted by bemicmom on May 30, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      I did downloaded drivers but still it's not connecting to Internet.
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    samm_is
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    Posted by samm_is on May 31, 2012
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    Install the drivers. Reboot. Then go to the Device Manager, get to the network adators. right click each of them, and have XP search your computer and install the drivers for itself. That ought to do the trick.
    Also, make sure the T42 has its Ethernet and WiFi engaged, and not disabled for any reason. The WiFi esp has both a software and a fn switch.
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    • bemicmom
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      Posted by bemicmom on May 31, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      I did all such steps.....
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on May 31, 2012
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      Another option is to try an older driver (ethernet: Date - 08/20/2008, Version 8.10.3.0, Provider - Intel)from Microsoft update.
      Does this machine have at least 1 Gb of RAM and 8 spare-able Gb of HDD space? Have you considered using Ubuntu 10 on this machine if its primary applications are surfing, email/word processing, image/reg.video viewing?
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    • bemicmom
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      Posted by bemicmom on May 31, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      OMG....I don't know all this...let me know if I purchase wireless network USB adaptor will that help....
      Or else I will throw it Sad
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on June 1, 2012
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      Well, if you want to shell out $400 for a vastly superior (performance) 'basic' notebook, with much inferior build quality, then you can chuck it Wink Remember, a new Thinkpad will run to at least 800 bucks.
      You can try out Ubuntu before you install. Download 12.04LT from http://www.ubuntu.com/download.....-installer
      They also have instructions to burn the image file onto a CD/DVD, and to boot your computer from CD/DVD to try out the OS.
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    • pablos17
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      Posted by pablos17 on June 1, 2012
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      With the trouble you've been experiencing, it is possible that you may have a faulty wireless network interface card. It would be worth the effort to purchase a reasonably priced wireless network adapter before tossing your laptop altogether. I purchases a Rosewill adapter on Newegg about a year ago and have been very happy with its performance. Here is a link to the one I bought: http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6833166055
      It's currently priced at $12.99 + free shipping.
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on June 1, 2012
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      I disagree with you, pablos17 - the main ethernet driver shows up faulty in Device Manager, suggesting that there is a problem with all network connections, as seems to be the case. One (fairly remote) possibility is that the network chipset (Intel or Realtek based depending on which T42 it is) has fried - but thats really remote.
      The newly installed XP might have corrupted drivers - one easy way to check for that is to use any Linux-on-a-disk, or reinstall XP SP3 or XP SP4 from a different disk (rather than XP or XP SP1 or XP SP2).
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    • shawndiaz
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      Posted by shawndiaz on June 1, 2012
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      If you have a Service Pack 4 for Windows XP, there lies your first problem (it doesn't exist) Mr Green
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    • samm_is
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      Posted by samm_is on June 1, 2012
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      True - my bad Red Face . "SP4" was the update roll-up package upto August 2010 installed in the last PCs (usually netbooks) sold with XP (August-Nov 2010). I don't think it was ever available as a single download for end-users - SP3 users get ~220Mb of piecemeal update downloads instead.

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