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October 24, 2010 10:48:21 PM

Hello,
I don't know if this is the forum to be putting this in...but I bought a wireless adapter (linksys) and am running win7 64 ultimate and the adapter isnt being able to enable. Ive spent about 2 hours on the phone with linksys who say its generally a problem only when theres an antivirus attached to the computer. I dont have any antivirus on this computer at the moment. Is there something in Windows 7 that might be holding it from installing correctly/enabling?
October 25, 2010 2:26:11 AM

Install your wireless adapter, go to Windows Update and check for updates. It should offer you the correct driver for the Linksys adapter. Let Windows Update install the driver while the adapter is still connected. After installation, you should get a message that tells you that the update was successful. The adapter should automatically search for wireless networks in your area. Right click on the wireless icon in the system tray and open up the Network and Sharing center. Click on Manage Wirelss Networks and choose your home metwork. Select Connect to this Network to attach to your network. It should ask you for you passcode and then the connection should be established.

Hope this helps.
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October 25, 2010 2:38:53 AM

Thanks for responding. When plugging in the adapter (its a linksys ae1000) the computer recognizes that its plugged in (you can see it in the device manager) and you can see it in the network connections, it starts disabled and when you try to enable it it wont enable. It (win 7) says its enabling it...but it doesnt. I heard from one of the techs that worked on this (I spent a few hours on the phone with linksys) and he said that its a setting in win 7 the is not allowing this to happen. I think hes lying out his teeth but if there is that'd be awesome to cuz then this would work. Thanks for your help.
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October 25, 2010 4:31:00 PM

I've already downloaded the latest drivers...but I'll check the services when I get home tonight and post tonight, thanks!
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October 25, 2010 5:27:27 PM

after you get the correct drivers and attempted all the steps above then you'll need to reset the cable modem and router then renew IP address on unit.
unplug router and modem (if cable modem), leave for for at least 30 seconds.
first plug in cable modem, wait for it to go through boot up process and to get sync; then plug back in router.
try it again.
are you sure that the network card is still good.?
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October 25, 2010 11:12:21 PM

Tried the services fix, you were right it was setup as manual...however that still didnt fix the problem...Also, when I tried updating the drivers it timed out...I'm going to try another adapter and hope that one can work...
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a b $ Windows 7
October 26, 2010 1:15:01 AM

let us know please..
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October 26, 2010 1:51:24 AM

So apparently using a different adapter (used a dlink dwa-130) didnt help at all. Is there a setting or something that I'm missing? Drivers installed...it shows on device manager (no errors or anything)...the program that it uses installed on my computer but it won't open or run. Another note is that when I try restarting my computer I must remove the adapter or it'll hang same if I try to upload the drivers from the internet.
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October 26, 2010 11:43:17 AM

Check your router settings to be sure that you don't have MAC Address filtering turned on. That would require you to put the MAC of the Adapter in the list to allow it to connect to the network. MAC filtering is a great security device, but a lot of people forget about it and it causes trouble.

Another thing to consider is the level of security you have the router set to. Your new adpater may not be able to handle higher or lower levels of security like WPA 2 or WEP. Be sure you have the correct passcode too. Finally, check which channel your adapter runs on. Routers are usually set to channel 1.

The fact that neither adapter can connect with the network indicates that it is something in the wireless router settings.
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October 26, 2010 12:49:39 PM

is your wireless router transmitting the wireless signal still.?
can you connect some other device to it and surf.?
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October 26, 2010 12:53:36 PM

You might not be understanding what I'm trying to say...Its not that the router is the problem more so than the adapter not "being seen" by windows 7/not allowing me to even turn it on. As I said it shows in device manager (with no errors)...but won't show in network connections and when I can get it to show it won't enable. This is quite irritating...
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October 26, 2010 1:02:00 PM

Sorry malmental i didnt see your post, yeah its not transmitting the wireless signal at all.
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October 26, 2010 1:08:42 PM

On another side note...just brought in my linksys adapter and tried it on a Win 7 Enterprise x64 and it worked just fine...obviously theres something wrong with the computer but i have no idea what it could be at this point...
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October 26, 2010 1:11:43 PM

crazy.
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October 26, 2010 1:15:28 PM

yeah...very much so...any ideas?
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October 26, 2010 1:23:44 PM

got to think about it for a minute.
i'm also refurbishing a Dell laptop right now so I'm in tech mode, just multi-tasking..
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October 26, 2010 1:30:40 PM

Fair enough, im at work till about 6 est so I can't do much till then anyways.
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October 27, 2010 5:54:19 AM

Any other ideas folks?
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October 27, 2010 4:15:15 PM

and your sure the latest drivers are 64-bit drivers.?
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October 28, 2010 2:46:01 PM

Just an update...redid the OS and all of the other drivers (including mobo/graphics) which shouldnt have mattered since it was a fresh install before but apparently that fixed something. Thanks for your help!
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a b $ Windows 7
October 29, 2010 9:27:04 PM

previous install was corrupted..
it happens frequently.
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January 13, 2012 8:12:45 PM

Interesting. I seem to be having the exact same problem. I tried installing a fresh copy of W7 on a different drive (the 32 bit version, just to see if that made a difference), but still had the same problem. Extremely frustrating because the only access to the internet I have at the place I just moved to is through wireless (unless I can talk the landlord into letting me run a wire down to my room). So I can't connect to Windows Update through 7. I know it's not the card being faulty, because I'm using it right now to type this through XP which I have installed on another drive. Works just fine in XP, but when I enable it in devices and printers, the popup box says "enabled!," but the actual icon still reads as disabled.
If anyone has found another solution, let me know, please! Otherwise I guess I'll be doing a wipe and a fresh install of 7.
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January 25, 2012 1:52:42 PM

I`m running the same situation. So, in order to fix I have to format my hard drive and the OS?
Thats crazy
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June 20, 2012 2:35:33 PM

SOLUTION :
I went to HP model page of my laptop (HP pavilion dv5 1030ev in my case)
and downloaded the bios flashing utility for my laptop. Flashed the new BIOS and everything works fine now!! shutting on/off fom button enabled and enable/disable from network adapter preferences also.
Just in case download all windows 7 drivers too(WLAN drivers,chipset drivers etc) from HP individual laptop page.
hope i helped some users that where frustrated as I was .
cheers!
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October 25, 2012 6:44:23 PM

I had the same problem with my Linksys AE1000 after I unhooked everything to clean the dust out of my tower. When I plugged it back in it showed that it was "disabled" in the network adapters folder. When I would enable it it would say it enabled but still showed "disabled".

This is what I did to fix:
1. disable antivirus/security
2. uninstall drivers in device manager
3. reboot into safe mode
4. re-installed drivers
5. reboot

This worked for me.
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December 28, 2012 9:50:05 PM

dakeith15 said:
I had the same problem with my Linksys AE1000 after I unhooked everything to clean the dust out of my tower. When I plugged it back in it showed that it was "disabled" in the network adapters folder. When I would enable it it would say it enabled but still showed "disabled".

This is what I did to fix:
1. disable antivirus/security
2. uninstall drivers in device manager
3. reboot into safe mode
4. re-installed drivers
5. reboot

This worked for me.


Windows 7 pro 64b AE3000 linksys the adapter in the network WOULD NOT ENABLE!!

This method also worked for me! :love: 
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March 29, 2013 11:18:50 PM

das_stig said:
Windows 7 Driver

http://homedownloads.cisco.com/downloads/driver/AE1000_...

Also run services.msc and check the the entry for WLAN Autoconfig is to automatic, so W7 can switch it on and configure it.


dakeith15 said:
I had the same problem with my Linksys AE1000 after I unhooked everything to clean the dust out of my tower. When I plugged it back in it showed that it was "disabled" in the network adapters folder. When I would enable it it would say it enabled but still showed "disabled".

This is what I did to fix:
1. disable antivirus/security
2. uninstall drivers in device manager
3. reboot into safe mode
4. re-installed drivers
5. reboot

This worked for me.




I was having the same issues as the OP using an ASUS USB-N53. I enabled WLAN Autoconfig as das_stig suggested and the problem did not immediately fix itself. I then uninstalled my antivirus (Avast) and rebooted my PC in safe mode with the USB Adapter plugged in. When I opened device manager the adapter was not recognized properly so I updated the drivers through device manager. When I restarted in regular mode I was able to enable my USB Adapter in Wireless connections. From that point everything worked properly as before I was having no connections available showing in my task bar. The connections are now showing and I am successfully connected to my router. Thanks to everyone for the input in getting this problem fixed.

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April 9, 2013 7:56:34 PM

dakeith15 said:
I had the same problem with my Linksys AE1000 after I unhooked everything to clean the dust out of my tower. When I plugged it back in it showed that it was "disabled" in the network adapters folder. When I would enable it it would say it enabled but still showed "disabled".

This is what I did to fix:
1. disable antivirus/security
2. uninstall drivers in device manager
3. reboot into safe mode
4. re-installed drivers
5. reboot

This worked for me.


I have a acer aspire 3820 which is about 3 years old and has been working excellent until this week when my wireless stopped working. But when I tried to troubleshoot it windows froze everytime. It could work sometimes and sometimes not, so I reinstalled the drivers for the wireless but then I got the "enable"-problem. I have a light on the laptop which indicates if the wireless is enabled, and that was on but in the network connection it said "disabled" and I couldnt enable it whatever I tried... I tried everything and nothing worked until I found your solution! Thank you soo much!!! The techguy at work couldnt fix it and even thought it could be a motherboard problem... I was wondering if this glitch could be due to heating problem? Before reinstalling the drivers, the wireless seemed to work when used the laptop with a cooler/fan. Anyone else experienced this?


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May 23, 2013 6:06:07 PM

well apparently i went to network and sharing center, manage networks, right clicked on the network and clicked properties. I then clicked the advanced tab and enabled the 802.11d thing my wireless network got disabled and i enabled it and it worked!
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June 18, 2013 6:31:42 PM

I couldn't enable after trying all these, then I went to services.msc (run as admin) went to WLAN AutoConfig, it was disabled. I turned it to automatic and started it. Then everything worked. Hope this helps someone.
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June 19, 2013 11:07:52 AM

And on those two positive notes, it's time for this oldie to be closed.
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