Made a massive error on Christmas day I had a laptop brought for me so I powered it up for the first time and uploaded windows vista Ultimate but the Upgrade selection was not available so I went for the option that was to install without an online connection. Since then the laptop layout has gone into what looks like safe mode and I am now unable to set up a wireless connection as when i do so the setup disk errors saying cannot find network adapter. When looking in the device manager folder on the laptop Network Adapter is not displayed.
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Whenever you use coaxial or phone lines make sure to use a surge protector power bar. They have a thermistor in them to blow up and protect your equipment. I'd say you have blown a diode or ic that supplies power and converts data from the usbs. It may just be one of your voltage wires from your power supply.
Chances are, if you're getting some error/code with this specific hardware (and you're unable to resolve it), it may be easier/cheaper/faster to disable or replace it, either with a different NIC (preferably a different make/model), or a USB wireless stick. Not all situations allow for replacement, but if that is an option, I would recommend it.
I've had to do this in the past. Ended up saving quite a bit of time, money and effort.
There are a few tips i can give you to fix the problem:
-Call your Network admin as ask for help
-See if the network adapter is ON and running
-Try a different network adapter
-See if, somehow, you lost your adapter's configuration parameters.
I hope these tips help. have a nice day
IBM requires using a "branded" network adapter, meaning one that has IBM's name on it, no matter if it's broadcom,etc. There is a couple of workarounds for this problem which would enable you to use whatever wireless adapter you wish. I would google IBM R40, and error 1802 and you'll find the application you need. Unfortunately, I'm not able to offer it to you here.