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Another application is controlling the wireless device

My brother gave me his laptop before leaving for the army.

anyway i have been trying to connect to wireless connections (work,home,friends) and sometimes i can connect my home and my work have locks on them but i have the 64 bit code i put in and it lets me pass......... i think
basically every time i try to connect it says
"another application is controlling the wireless device"
but once in a while it will just connect
any idea what im doing wrong?

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  • moop101 Jan 08, 2009

    a blue tooth manager.
    but now you mention ussually there is another wirelss option but it looks like a monitor with an x next to it i think its for mobile wireless

  • moop101 Jan 08, 2009

    actually wants to install if i click on it

  • moop101 Jan 08, 2009

    looks like a cone with bars on it right now i have 3 yellow bars (usually green when it connects)
    when i haver over it. it reads "wireless networks found double click to connect to wireless network".

    when it opens its called intelPROSet/wireless

  • moop101 Jan 08, 2009

    there is 2 wireless icons in my task bar though but thats the one i use

  • moop101 Jan 08, 2009

    no i dont know how to create a screen shot

  • moop101 Jan 09, 2009

    im typing this from my laptop
    which means your advice worked
    thank you.

  • moop101 Jan 09, 2009

    im typing this from my laptop
    which means your advice worked
    thank you.

  • Sean Osborne
    Sean Osborne May 11, 2010

    What are you clicking on when you try to connect to the wireless?

    Do you know how to create a screenshot?

  • Sean Osborne
    Sean Osborne May 11, 2010

    If you right-click on the bluetooth connection, does it give an option to allow Windows to manage the device?

  • Sean Osborne
    Sean Osborne May 11, 2010

    Look in the system tray down by the clock and mouseover each icon there. Is any of them a wireless application? Is there more than one wireless application there? If so, what are they?



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RIGHT-click on the intelPROSet/wireless "cone" icon and look for the option to allow windows to manage the wireless device. It may be under "options."

Try using the Windows wireless connection instead of the Intel one after toggling "allow windows to manage." If that doesn't work, try toggling the "allow windows" option on and off, with restarts in between.

What's happening is that both Windows and the Intel software are trying to manage the wireless connection at the same time. You need to make sure that only one of them is configured to manage your wireless connection. You may need to go into Network Connections and RIGHT-click on the wireless connection there as well.

I'll be offline for a few hours, but back up again this evening. Let me know how it's working.

Posted on Jan 08, 2009

  • Sean Osborne
    Sean Osborne Jan 09, 2009

    You're very welcome.




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