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Wireless Adapter not working under Vista

I have performed a clean install of Windows Vista Business on my Acer 5044 WLMi. Everything works ok apart from the wireless adapter. The driver is loaded correctly and working however the radio button does not light up and there is no software facility to enable it. I have downloaded and installed all of the necessary vista updates from the Acer website to no avail. The wireless adapter refuses to initialise and detect any networks. Fortunately I took a back up of the XP installation and when this is restored the wireless adapter works fine. The Laptop is an Acer Aspire 5044 WLMi (Couldn't find it in your pick list!!) Any ideas?? Oblong button doesn't work and we are running xp. Didn't have to do anything before I upgraded the Belkin router.

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Re: Wireless Adapter not working under Vista

Some device may not have Vista drivers or the drivers are still beta and they dont work always perfectly. Check which kind of wireless adapter is present on your laptop from device manager on XP. Then try downloading Vista drivers for your wireless adapter form wireless card factory website, and install them on Vista.

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I have a linksys WRT5G2 wireless and I upgraded my computer from vista to windows 7 and now my linksys doent work what can i do

I'm sure the router still works fine. You probably just need a driver for your wireless adapter.

Open up your device manager. If you don't know how to do's laid out here:

Look under "Network Adapters" and see if there are any yellow exclamation points next to anything. If there is, you probably need a driver for that adapter. You will need to provide the make/model of the computer if you can not locate and install the driver yourself.

If there are no problems with the may need to reconfigure your wireless network settings.

This site gives you a good rundown of how to do that.

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You don't actually need a driver to set it up. Just plug it into your network, then browse to its URL (likely, but could be, or Then just follow the prompts to configure it. Hope that helps.

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We hooked up the nbg3185, and it worked initially (had access to the internet), but then it stopped but all lights were on and signaling ok. when we then tried to follow the disk steps of setting up the...

OK, if I understand:
1. You had everything working. 2. It stopped working. 3. You tried to get it working and the symptom was, "no network adapter".
Many laptops have a hidden switch that disables wi-fi. It is used for two reasons, one is security, you think you are being hacked, you can quickly flip this switch and isolate your computer and it is flipped when you are running on battery and do not want to waste power.
It sounds like you have disabled your wi-fi adapter.
start->control panel->system->device manager
Do you see your device there?

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Belkin router not giving signal to linksys adapter HELP!!!!!

I dont think belkin has a stable driver for win.7 at this time. I have a belkin n router with a belkin adapter and had no luck.
Some people have had some success using a Vista driver.
You could go to and download a win 7 driver there. They show a 48% success rate.

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My wireless adaptor can not find my wireless router

Please check tour wireless adapter if its working and properly installed in your computer. Here's how to do it;

Checking Device Status on the Device Manager

For Windows 2000 or XP:

1. Click on Start, go to Settings and then Control Panel.
2. Click on System, go to Hardware and then Device Manager.
3. Click the (+) sign on Network Adapters and select the adapter.
4. Double click on it and read the Device Status.

If your wireless adapter is not working and installed properly, you have to re-install the wireless adapter software driver. When the wireless adapter is already properly installed you can follow this steps below;

Enabling Wireless Zero Configuration Utility

1. Please click on Start, Run and type in services.msc and click on OK.
2. Scroll down and look for Wireless Zero Configuration. Right click on it and click on Start.
3. Right click on Wireless Zero Configuration again and click on Properties.
4. Under the General tab, set the Start up Type to Automatic and Service Status to Started. Then, click on Apply and OK.

Connecting Through Wireless Zero Configuration (Windows XP SP1 and SP2)

For Windows XP Service Pack 1:

1. Please right click on the Wireless icon on the right lower end portion of your computer. Then, click on View Available Wireless Networks.
2. Click on the Advanced tab.
3. Please delete all the preferred networks then click on OK.
4. Right click on the Wireless icon again and click on View Available Wireless Networks.
5. Please select your network and click on Connect. If you have Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-fi Protected Access (WPA) enabled on the router, it will ask you for the network key. Please type in the Network Key and then confirm it.
6. Make sure not to enable IEEE and then click on Connect.

For Windows XP Service Pack 2:

1. Please right click on the Wireless icon on the right lower end portion of your computer. Then, click on View Available Wireless Networks.
2. Click on the Change Advanced Settings.
3. Click on the Wireless Networks tab remove all the preferred networks then click on OK.
4. Right click on the Wireless icon then click on View Available Wireless Networks.
5. Select your network and click on Connect.
6. If you have Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) enabled on the router, it will ask you for the network key. Type in the network key and confirm it. Then click on Connect.

Note: You may use the wireless utility of your wireless adapter in connecting to the wireless network but you need to clear "Use Windows to configure my wireless networks" on the Wireless Networks tab.

Connecting to a Wireless Network on Windows Vista:

a. Click Start then select Connect To.
b. Connect to a network window will show up.
c. Select your wireless network's name or SSID and click Connect.
d. It will ask you for a network key. Type in your wireless network key on the field provided. Then, click on Connect.

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If you are on windows vista it could be your driver. You can go into safe mode on the computer with F8 while the computer is starting up, then go to the control panel and device manager. Plug the adapter in and remove the driver for it. Download a new driver at and install it.

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Router will not work in XP

How does your Winxp computers connect to the router (wired or wireless)? What is the IP address that you are getting? You might also want to check if the network adapter is installed properly under device manager.

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ok heres the solution.
goto start,control panel,performance and maintainance,administrative tools,services.
Scroll down to bottom to WIRELESS ZERO CONFIG,double click and click start.
now exit and wait a minute and your limited or no connectivity should change to connected,
let me know if this helps,

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