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    Laptop wireless problem

    I'm trying to connect my new Packard Bell E6100 notebook to a wireless router using a PCMCIA card. I have done this previously without any problems with other laptops.
    The problem that i'm having is this, If i type "ipconfig /all" in the command window i get the following returned against media state

    Media State .................Media disconnected

    Although as i have said before I have configured wireless before on several different PC's & Laptops I've never come across this problem

    Can anyone help please
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    so what have you done to try and get it working? tried reinstalling the drivers?
    unplugging it and plugging it in when its on?

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    Sounds like the card's drivers aern't tehre or the lappy isn't seeing the card for some reason.

    Try and re-install then see if its any better.
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    You'd tried switching off MAC and WEP encryption on the router as a test?

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    Thanks for the replies and suggestions
    I have uninstalled & re-installed
    I have taken all security off MAC and WEP encryption on the router
    I have plugged it in and out when working
    Still getting Media disconnected when "ipconfig /all" is typed
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    duff pcmcia slot?

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    Is the card actually seeing that there's a wireless network there? I mean, the media disconnected message usually just means "I'm not connected to a network", and appears under the listing for a specific network adapter; is the actual adapter listed when you do the ipconfig /all?

    If it is, the next thing I'd check is whether in the properties for the wireless card, it's set to use the same IBSS channel number as the router. If it is, just as a sanity check I'd see whether the SSID broadcast is on on the router (if it's off, you could always just temporarily re-enable it).

    If the laptop has a wired connection as well (RJ45 ethernet socket), I'd try plugging that into an ethernet port on the router and see whether it gets connected and handed an IP address then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nichomach
    Is the card actually seeing that there's a wireless network there? I mean, the media disconnected message usually just means "I'm not connected to a network", and appears under the listing for a specific network adapter; is the actual adapter listed when you do the ipconfig /all?

    If it is, the next thing I'd check is whether in the properties for the wireless card, it's set to use the same IBSS channel number as the router. If it is, just as a sanity check I'd see whether the SSID broadcast is on on the router (if it's off, you could always just temporarily re-enable it).

    If the laptop has a wired connection as well (RJ45 ethernet socket), I'd try plugging that into an ethernet port on the router and see whether it gets connected and handed an IP address then.

    Yes the card utility (D-Link G650+) & windows see a network there.
    I have removed all security from the router to test, WPA-PSK, MAC Control, broadcast SSID
    Connecting via a cable works just fine
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    OK, I assume you're on XP SP2 on the laptop as well. Given that your machine actually sees the wirless network, when you run the Wireless Network Wizard, click on your Wireless network and choose "connect", what message do you get back?

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    Thanks too everyone.

    I changed from channel 1 to channel 3 on the router, and it's now working fine. Thanks
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