Wireless Internet PANDEMONIUM!

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#1 Taalon
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Mods, please delete my last thread - I wasn't very descriptive.

Several months ago I became sick of XP and clean-installed Vista Home Premium over it. However, game and driver problems were too much for me and I wiped the hard-drive.

When I had XP, I had Wireless, Wired and 1394 (sp?) connections available in Network Connections. But ever since I have installed XP again, the only options are Wired and 1394. In Device Manager, the 1394 card and an Intel 100/VE Internet Connection are listed. Both are said to be working, and I have successfully installed patches for both. Nonetheless, nothing good from it. I have also checked for compatibility with the Windows Zero thing and they both are. Any ideas on what to do?

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#2 K_r_a_u_s_e_r
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XP detects your driver but you are unable connect to your wireless network?
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#3 Taalon
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Yep. I don't even have a Wireless Network Connection option in the Network Connections thing.
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#4 Taalon
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#5 K_r_a_u_s_e_r
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I'm assuming you're using a PC, I've tried to reproduce your problem but it was very difficult... The only thing I can recommend is:

1. Uninstall Wireless Drivers
2. Turn off your PC
3. Take out wireless card
4. Boot up PC to Windows so it sees the card has been removed
5. Shutdown and put the card back in
6. Boot up and see if everything works, install drivers
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#6 Taalon
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Thanks for the idea - the only problem is that I opened my PC up a few hours ago and I had no idea where the wireless card was. I have an HP Pavillion Media Center TV m7399a Desktop PC, hope that gives you an idea.
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#7 K_r_a_u_s_e_r
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I see, then it's most likely integrated into your motherboard so disregard my last post.

It says your computer model doesn't come with a wireless network card, I assume you put one in yourself?
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#8 Taalon
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Nope! Maybe I don't have one. But that makes me wonder - how the hell did I have wireless internet for two years without one?
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#9 K_r_a_u_s_e_r
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:lol: Do you have a Wireless Router?
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#10 Taalon
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Yep, bought a brand new one yesterday because I changed internet providers.
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#11 jobano
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Alright, let me get this straight... You've been using  a wireless connection for 2 years and you didn't even know you had a wireless network card? Did you ever buy one? Your model is listed as not having one, we're going in a big circle here.
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#12 Taalon
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*sigh*

According to what you guys have said, I don't have a wireless network card. I have a wireless router and have been using that for wireless and wired up until I wiped my hard-drive and could only use wired.

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#13 jobano
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Was at any point in time a blue/grey/yellow cat-5 cable running into your computer from your router?
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#14 Taalon
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No. The only cable connected from my router to my computer was the blue ethernet cable.
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#15 K_r_a_u_s_e_r
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Do you ever remember buying a wireless network card, or has someone ever put one in?
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#16 Taalon
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I don't remember putting one in at all, and the only thing ever put in my PC is an NVIDIA Geforce 8800GTS.
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#18 Zusas
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It sounds like you are using a wireless router, but it's connected to your PC via a blue CAT5 cable which is a direct connection.  With direct connections, it's hidden in the control panel and you won't see it unlike wireless connections.

You have the option of going wireless, but you'll need a wireless card which your base model doesn't have, and you don't recall installing one.  Open up network connections from the start menu and check the settings.

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#19 Taalon
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Two other computers in my house use wireless throught the same router I use for a direct connection.
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I know it's bad, but here's my set-up from Paint.

 

  

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#22 Taijiquan
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Did you call your ISP and give them your Mac Adress on your new router?  lol
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#23 Taalon
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I don't need to, the Mac is connected to the router by an ethernet cable and I do the same for my laptop. The problem is that my upstairs computer has no Wireless Network option in the Network Connections utility.
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#24 Taijiquan
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I don't need to, the Mac is connected to the router by an ethernet cable and I do the same for my laptop. The problem is that my upstairs computer has no Wireless Network option in the Network Connections utility.Taalon

So the router works on your other PC?

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#25 Taalon
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Problem solved - I just bought a PCI Wireless Card, took out the old one that didn't work and put this one in. Installed the drivers, and BAM! It worked. But now the signal is weak since I'm upstairs...