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    Can't get wireless network to work

    I have a desktop computer which has no problems. The problems are with my laptop.

    I have a Toshiba laptop running Windows XP Home with an Atheros AR5004G Wireless Network Adapter. I have a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router. We are running 3 desktops off the wired connections, and they are all fine. If I plug into the laptop a Cat-5 cable, I can access the network and the internet through the wired connection. But I cannot use the wireless connection. Since there is no cable in the place I want to use the laptop, this is a pain.

    I ran the Linksys diagnostic (NetSet Assistant) mentioned in another thread, and I got the message that Linksys was unable to detect a wireless adapter on my computer. I have double checked that the Wireless Communication Switch on the laptop is on. I have run ConfigFree (Connectivity Doctor) which came on the laptop, and it tells me that the network adapter is disabled. But I have tried everything I can think of to enable it and nothing works.

    Anyone able to help me?

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    Re: Can't get wireless network to work

    Is the Atheros AR5004G a PC card installed in an external socket, or an internal mini-PCI card?
    Have you installed the correct driver for this card?

    StuartR

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    Re: Can't get wireless network to work

    It came in the laptop, so it must be the internal kind.

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    Re: Can't get wireless network to work

    Does this computer work on any other Wireless network?

    If needed go to a library or shopping mall with a wireless network and see if it works there.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Can't get wireless network to work

    Since "the network adapter is disabled" I suspect it won't work on any wireless network.

    Do you have the correct drivers installed for this wireless network card?

    StuartR

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    Re: Can't get wireless network to work

    Thank you all for your help. I figured it out (with help from Microsoft Knowledge Base #871122). Somehow a little box needed to be checked. The box that says "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings." I don't know how it got unchecked, but checking that box fixed it. That stupid little box cost me a week! Aaaarrrrgh!

    Oh, well. In the process I learned a lot about networking! (That's the only silver lining I can see right now!)

    Sheryl King
    San Diego

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