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April 18, 2012 2:14:10 PM

It's fine if I use a ethernet cable though. Updated drivers. Someone said resetting "Winsock", believe I did so. Says media disconnected, but in device manager nothing is wrong and is "working properly"



Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.


Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : agapao
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Eth
ernet NIC
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-16-36-23-0C-14
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.103
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::216:36ff:fe23:c14%5
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.1
fec0:0:0:ffff::1%2
fec0:0:0:ffff::2%2
fec0:0:0:ffff::3%2
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:08:33 AM

Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:08:33 AM

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-14-A5-6E-D2-51

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::ffff:ffff:fffd%6
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

Tunnel adapter Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : C0-A8-01-67
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::5efe:192.168.1.103%2
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%2
fec0:0:0:ffff::2%2
fec0:0:0:ffff::3%2
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled
April 18, 2012 7:18:42 PM

Compaq Presario V2000. I have a button I press for wireless to turn on, and it's lit up.
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April 18, 2012 7:44:27 PM

Okay, since it's apparently on but still not available I would reset all the Winsock settings as one may be corrupted (I noted that you said you reset Winsock, but this tool seems to do a better job often). This freeware works pretty well, used it many times: http://www.snapfiles.com/get/winsockxpfix.html
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April 18, 2012 8:18:48 PM

Ran the program, still no wireless. Still says "media disconnected." Is there a chance it is physically disconnected? The only thing that seems unlikely is that device manager says it's working properly. I thought of uninstalling it through device manager, and reinstalling it, but I am afraid I wouldn't be able to find the right driver.
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April 18, 2012 8:21:15 PM

I would go ahead and uninstall and reinstall -- but first download the proper driver from hp/compaq: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/pfinder?lc=en&dlc=en...
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April 18, 2012 8:47:55 PM

It has 2 different Broadcom Wireless drivers (assuming I just choose the newest one) but it also has

Intel PRO/Wireless Drivers ►This package contains drivers for the listed Intel PRO/Wireless adapters in the listed notebook models and operating systems.

Ignore it? Just uninstall Broadcom under Device Manager and install:

Broadcom Wireless LAN Drivers ►This package contains drivers for the listed Broadcom Wireless LAN adapters installed in the listed operating systems. This driver supports 802.11i/WPA2 for a/b/g and certain b/g WLAN cards.
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April 18, 2012 8:58:29 PM

So I uninstalled, installed the driver, Broadcom showed back up in Device Manager, but under Network Connections, it is labelled LAN 4 and doesn't give me any options for wireless.

Update: Under properties, I can now view wireless networks, there is just no shortcut for it :) 
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April 18, 2012 9:00:12 PM

Best answer selected by Azok.
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