Network & Sharing Center not showing anything

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by King Rooster, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. King Rooster

    King Rooster Guest

    Ok I am kind of stumped. I am running Vista Business x32 on my laptop
    last night everything on my laptop was working fine, and then thi
    morning my wife says she cannot connect to the internet. I go and searc
    for connections, 5 found including my router > hit connect and get a po
    up cannot connect, > Diagnose > but still no luck (problem stil

    So I open up the Network & Sharing Center only to find that it i
    blank. No network location (public/private), no sharing options
    nothing. I noticed that there was an update last night so I syste
    restored back to Monday, but still same problem. I am stumped.

    Attached is an image of my Network & Sharing Center. Any help would b
    appreciated. Thanks! Oh and my 2 other desktops are connecting fine (
    Vista and a Win7)

    King Rooster, Feb 6, 2010
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  2. Hi
    Look at the Device Manger and see what is the status of the Network
    If there is No adapter, make sure that the Wireless adaptor is On and
    reinstall its drivers.
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).
    Jack [MVP-Networking], Feb 6, 2010
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  3. King Rooster

    King Rooster Guest

    After plugging it directly into my router, via cable, i connected to th
    internet which made me realize that it was my wireless card with th

    Device manager showed no problems, its a broadcom 802.11 multiban
    network adapter, which in the properties said it was working properly.
    disabled & enabled = nothing. I updated driver = nothing. I uninstalle
    and reinstalled, then had to update driver through Device manager cu
    adapter was not found (had ! next to it), now it shows different adapte
    (dell wireless 1490 dual band wlan mini-card). Connection is disable
    and will not enable. Installed drivers from both the dell driver disc
    dell website. Still will not enable

    The wifi switch in ON, but I notice that the wifi light is not. Thin
    my card is shot
    King Rooster, Feb 6, 2010
  4. Hi
    Some thing is wrong with the installation of the Wireless.
    Check careful every thing. Same Model of Dell laptop can come with different
    models of Wireless cards.
    Try to uninstall all the Wireless Connections in the Device Manager (i.e.,
    clean it up), then reboot. It might be that when nothing is there Windows
    would install the correct drivers.
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).
    Jack [MVP-Networking], Feb 7, 2010
  5. King Rooster

    King Rooster Guest

    I did all that and restarted. Vista found the correct driver for m
    wireless, but I am still having the same issues. When I try t
    enable/repair/diagnose I get a pop up saying something lik having problem with its hardware or device driver
    So I think that the card itself just went bad over night

    King Rooster, Feb 7, 2010
  6. Hi
    Yeah, at this point bad card should be considered. You should try another
    card to make sure.
    If you desktop has a USB card disable the Laptop card and try to install the
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).

    Jack [MVP-Networking], Feb 7, 2010
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