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Old January 2nd 18, 11:48 PM posted to alt.windows7.general
J. P. Gilliver (John)[_4_]
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Default wifi adapter won't enable?

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My friend has bought a new wifi adapter - I don't think it will be any
better than her present one, but never mind that for now. It's an Edimax
nano, basically a USB plug with a very little extra on it.

I plugged it in, and when Windows for some reason couldn't load a
driver, I used the mini-CD, and after pointing the OS at the right
folder thereon, a driver loaded and seems to work.

On the screen in control panel (networks or something like that) that
shows two things - the ethernet cable and the wifi adapter - it shows as
something like wireless network 7, and disabled. If I right-click, a
dropdown appears which includes Enable, so I click on that; a small
window opens saying Enabling, then Enabled, then disappears - but the
main one-of-two display (the other being the ethernet cable) still shows
it as Disabled. No wifi networks are shown.

If I plug back in the old wifi dongle, it shows on that screen as two
things, numbered 5 and 6, and one of them (I forget which) shows the
name of the SSID where the other one shows as Disabled, and indeed we
have an internet connection. If I plug _both_ in, they show up as 5, 6,
and 7, with one of 5 and 6 showing the SSID and providing a connection,
the other (new one) showing as 7 and Disabled - in other words, the two
wifi adapters seem to be completely independent of whether the other one
is plugged in or not - one appearing as 5 and 6 and giving us a
connection, one appearing as 7 and not being enable-able.

I've tried safe mode (with networking), snoozing ZoneAlarm's firewall
and other function for five minutes, and turning off Panda, all to no
avail - ditto changing some service someone suggested from Manual to
automatic start, and starting it (one that begins with "WLAN ...").

We had a garbled reply from Edimax that suggested the firewall offing,
and (really just by copying an email between two other users) making
sure the service was enabled.

In summary: I _think_ the new wifi adapter has a driver the OS is happy
with, but it isn't seeing any networks, probably because it can't be
changed from Disabled, though a popup says "Enabling ... Enabled".
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Old January 3rd 18, 12:46 AM posted to alt.windows7.general
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Default wifi adapter won't enable?

In article , says...

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My friend has bought a new wifi adapter - I don't think it will be any
better than her present one, but never mind that for now. It's an Edimax
nano, basically a USB plug with a very little extra on it.

I plugged it in, and when Windows for some reason couldn't load a
driver, I used the mini-CD, and after pointing the OS at the right
folder thereon, a driver loaded and seems to work.

On the screen in control panel (networks or something like that) that
shows two things - the ethernet cable and the wifi adapter - it shows as
something like wireless network 7, and disabled. If I right-click, a
dropdown appears which includes Enable, so I click on that; a small
window opens saying Enabling, then Enabled, then disappears - but the
main one-of-two display (the other being the ethernet cable) still shows
it as Disabled. No wifi networks are shown.

If I plug back in the old wifi dongle, it shows on that screen as two
things, numbered 5 and 6, and one of them (I forget which) shows the
name of the SSID where the other one shows as Disabled, and indeed we
have an internet connection. If I plug _both_ in, they show up as 5, 6,
and 7, with one of 5 and 6 showing the SSID and providing a connection,
the other (new one) showing as 7 and Disabled - in other words, the two
wifi adapters seem to be completely independent of whether the other one
is plugged in or not - one appearing as 5 and 6 and giving us a
connection, one appearing as 7 and not being enable-able.

I've tried safe mode (with networking), snoozing ZoneAlarm's firewall
and other function for five minutes, and turning off Panda, all to no
avail - ditto changing some service someone suggested from Manual to
automatic start, and starting it (one that begins with "WLAN ...").

We had a garbled reply from Edimax that suggested the firewall offing,
and (really just by copying an email between two other users) making
sure the service was enabled.

In summary: I _think_ the new wifi adapter has a driver the OS is happy
with, but it isn't seeing any networks, probably because it can't be
changed from Disabled, though a popup says "Enabling ... Enabled".


Tried on various USB ports? Does it get an IP address after saying it's
Enabled? I have an Airlink one works for every pc I've ever tried it on.
It's older model so only needs a driver for XP which is nice.
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Old January 3rd 18, 01:02 AM posted to alt.windows7.general
J. P. Gilliver (John)[_4_]
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Default wifi adapter won't enable?

In message , pjp
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In article , says...

(W7 home premium)

My friend has bought a new wifi adapter - I don't think it will be any
better than her present one, but never mind that for now. It's an Edimax
nano, basically a USB plug with a very little extra on it.

I plugged it in, and when Windows for some reason couldn't load a
driver, I used the mini-CD, and after pointing the OS at the right
folder thereon, a driver loaded and seems to work.

On the screen in control panel (networks or something like that) that
shows two things - the ethernet cable and the wifi adapter - it shows as
something like wireless network 7, and disabled. If I right-click, a
dropdown appears which includes Enable, so I click on that; a small
window opens saying Enabling, then Enabled, then disappears - but the
main one-of-two display (the other being the ethernet cable) still shows
it as Disabled. No wifi networks are shown.

If I plug back in the old wifi dongle, it shows on that screen as two
things, numbered 5 and 6, and one of them (I forget which) shows the
name of the SSID where the other one shows as Disabled, and indeed we
have an internet connection. If I plug _both_ in, they show up as 5, 6,
and 7, with one of 5 and 6 showing the SSID and providing a connection,
the other (new one) showing as 7 and Disabled - in other words, the two
wifi adapters seem to be completely independent of whether the other one
is plugged in or not - one appearing as 5 and 6 and giving us a
connection, one appearing as 7 and not being enable-able.

I've tried safe mode (with networking), snoozing ZoneAlarm's firewall
and other function for five minutes, and turning off Panda, all to no
avail - ditto changing some service someone suggested from Manual to
automatic start, and starting it (one that begins with "WLAN ...").

We had a garbled reply from Edimax that suggested the firewall offing,
and (really just by copying an email between two other users) making
sure the service was enabled.

In summary: I _think_ the new wifi adapter has a driver the OS is happy
with, but it isn't seeing any networks, probably because it can't be
changed from Disabled, though a popup says "Enabling ... Enabled".


Tried on various USB ports?


Well, two (the one on the back where the existing adapter is, on an
extension cable - i. e. just tried the new one, on the cable, in place
of the old one; and, one of the front ones. [It's a Dell small form
factor machine, dual core.])

Does it get an IP address after saying it's
Enabled?


The "Enabled" is only shown, briefly, in a pop-up window; the main
window doesn't show other than Disabled.

I have an Airlink one works for every pc I've ever tried it on.
It's older model so only needs a driver for XP which is nice.


I'm not expecting this new adapter to be any better than the old -
worse, in that it has no aerial socket; however, I'd like it to work _at
all_ so I can e. g. run a speed test of some (any) sort.
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Old January 3rd 18, 02:37 AM posted to alt.windows7.general
Diesel
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Default wifi adapter won't enable?

"J. P. Gilliver (John)"
Tue, 02 Jan 2018 23:48:33 GMT in
alt.windows7.general, wrote:

(W7 home premium)

My friend has bought a new wifi adapter - I don't think it will be
any better than her present one, but never mind that for now. It's
an Edimax nano, basically a USB plug with a very little extra on
it.

I plugged it in, and when Windows for some reason couldn't load a
driver, I used the mini-CD, and after pointing the OS at the right
folder thereon, a driver loaded and seems to work.


Uninstall the device and unplug it from the usb port. You didn't say
whether or not the mini cd offered to install the driver. See if it
does, and, do so if it will. Reboot the computer for good measure and
plug the device back into the machine.

You may want to check with the manufacturer and see if a newer driver
is available directly from them which matches the make/model card you
have as well. But, try what I suggested above first to see if you can
get it up and going. Then try checking the web to see if a newer
version driver is available.

In summary: I _think_ the new wifi adapter has a driver the OS is
happy with, but it isn't seeing any networks, probably because it
can't be changed from Disabled, though a popup says "Enabling ...
Enabled".


While it's not set in stone, this sounds like a driver issue or
possibly a faulty card. Is the Wifi WEP (don't laugh, I still run
into some that are) or WPA/WPA2 configured? Some newer wifi cards
absolutely refuse to do anything with WEP. I've seen two that won't
pick them up at all, and one that does, but won't run it's higher
speeds until you switch over. That's why I'm asking.

Is the wifi 2.4ghz or 2.4ghz along with 5ghz? What are the
capabilities of the card?

Post back your results and we'll go from there.

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