Network icon says not connected but I am

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by spandxtria, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. spandxtria

    spandxtria Guest

    I have a fairly new dell laptop inspiron 1720 with wireless interne
    connection. A couple of days ago I noticed the little network icon o
    the bottom right of the task bar had a strange little blue blob on it
    If I hold the mouse over it, it says 'you are currently not connected t
    any networks'. If I right click and then click 'connect to a network'
    that box shows that I am indeed connected and to the proper network
    When I first start my laptop the small network icon says that I am
    connected to the proper network but 'local access only', and after a fe
    seconds that goes away and I get the above message
    I tried going into the 'connect to a network' box and disconnecting th
    proper network, then reconnecting but that did nothing
    I am able to access the internet, my email and everything else. I di
    nothing new to my laptop, no programs or anything. This is just a
    annoying little bug that I would like to fix if anyone knows how. Than
    you kindly.:confused
     
    spandxtria, Jun 16, 2008
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  2. spandxtria

    Barb Bowman Guest

    did you change the SSID of YOUR router from the default or is it
    still as is when you set it up?

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    Barb Bowman, Jun 16, 2008
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  3. spandxtria

    spandxtria Guest

    Hi Barb
    No, I haven't changed the SSID or anything else. One other thing, I'v
    noticed in other similar posts is that most people have a red x overto
    the network icon - but I don't have that, just a blue blobby thin
    overtop the icon......Juli
     
    spandxtria, Jun 16, 2008
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  4. spandxtria

    Barb Bowman Guest

    well, you could be connected to someone else's SSID that has the
    same name. what IS the name of the wireless network you are
    connected to?

    if it is something like Linksys/Default/Netgear etc. you need to
    change it.

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    Barb Bowman, Jun 16, 2008
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  5. spandxtria

    spandxtria Guest

    The name I gave it is 'nimmer'. I really doubt anyone else is using
    that.
     
    spandxtria, Jun 16, 2008
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    Barb Bowman, Jun 16, 2008
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    spandxtria Guest

    Sorry, I didn't understand. I haven't changed the name since I set it
    up 3 months ago. I have other computers here connected to nimmer and
    that's always been the name of the network.
    How do I disable Dell Wireless and use Windows wireless? Thanks.
     
    spandxtria, Jun 16, 2008
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    Barb Bowman, Jun 17, 2008
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    spandxtria Guest

    No icon. Just the 2 little computers with:
    "connect to a network
    turn off notification of new networks
    diagnose and repair
    network and sharing center"
    And btw, today there is a red x over the 2 little computers but I'm
    still connected.
     
    spandxtria, Jun 17, 2008
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    Barb Bowman, Jun 18, 2008
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    TheBoozer Guest

    Barb

    This problem is not related to Dell or any other specific manufacturer.
    I have a Toshiba laptop and approx. 3 weeks ago, I started experiencing
    the same problem. It is a VISTA issue and needs to be seriously
    addressed by Microsoft.
     
    TheBoozer, Sep 1, 2008
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    Barb Bowman, Sep 2, 2008
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    TheBoozer Guest

    Hi Barb,

    Not at that time. However, after the incident I tried all related
    drivers, new and old, from Intel (Intel Pro/Wireless 3945 adapter) and
    from Toshiba. Nothing worked.
     
    TheBoozer, Sep 2, 2008
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  14. spandxtria

    Barb Bowman Guest

    one way of pinning down if this was caused by a windows update is to
    use system restore and go back to a point in time before the problem
    started, then apply the updates one at a time to see if it was an
    update that caused the issue.

    it is also possible that a 3rd part update created the problem. do
    you have Norton or McAfee or anything similar that hooks into
    networking functions?

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    Barb Bowman, Sep 2, 2008
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    TheBoozer Guest

    No I don't have any of those. I have been using Avast for over 2 years.
    I tried the Restore solution but it did not work either.

    Thank you for your help.
     
    TheBoozer, Sep 2, 2008
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    Barb Bowman, Sep 3, 2008
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    TheBoozer Guest

    The router is Actiontec MI424WR (Verizon FiOS). I have rebooted and
    recycled it and also rebooted the laptop, but that did not solve the
    problem. I will try again this morning. I have also talked to Verizon
    tec people but they offered no help and said it has nothing to do with
    the router. I have the latest router firmware.
     
    TheBoozer, Sep 3, 2008
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    TheBoozer Guest

    Barb

    I recycled the router and rebooted as you suggested. After browsing fo
    15 minutes or so, same issue re-surfaced. By the way, I have 2 othe
    computers connected to the router, both are running XP SP3. One i
    connected via Ethernet and the other via WiFi. Neither have this issue
    I did try disconnecting the XP machines to see if it makes a difference
    it did not. This leasds me to believe it is a Vista issue
     
    TheBoozer, Sep 3, 2008
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  19. spandxtria

    Barb Bowman Guest

    is there more than one NIC in this computer?

    the only thing I've found remotely resembling this involves having
    two NICs connected:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947041

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    Barb Bowman, Sep 3, 2008
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    TheBoozer Guest

    Barb

    I am connecting with the built-in WiFi adapter (Pro/Wireless 3945ABG)
    Laptop has the usual built-in Ethernet adapter and built-in Bluetoot
    adapter both unplugged. Notebook also has a built-in 56K dialup mode
    which is disconnected. By the way, I disabled the WiFi and connecte
    with the Ethernet, same problem
     
    TheBoozer, Sep 3, 2008
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