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#1 Steven C

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 06:30 AM

1st I have a IBM X30 w/ a Cisco Systems PCI Wireless LAN Adapter.

Ok so I always pick up my next neighbors network, a couple networks from across the street, even some down the street. Everything was fine until a few days ago when I noticed it didnt pick up any networks. I didnt think much of it because my whole house is wired anyways.

So today I'm 15ft from a Starbucks and try to log in, no network found. I have the updated drivers, Windows reconizes the device and says theres no problem w/ it, I cant repair because its not connecting to a network, I diabled, enabled, rebooted to no avail.

Pls help. I think it may be a hardward problem, but Windows says theres nothing wrong.

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 08:00 PM

Hi Steven

I can imagine whats up. Please give me some time to check for some details. I'll be back with to you soon.

Greetz
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Posted 16 January 2007 - 08:45 PM

QUOTE (TheSentinel @ Jan 16 2007, 08:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Steven

I can imagine whats up. Please give me some time to check for some details. I'll be back with to you soon.

Greetz
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Thanks man.
Also I did not drop it, bump into something w/ it, installed any new software prior, and I have Win XP Pro.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 04:07 AM

Ok turns out my WiFi card is only half broken. I went to my neighbors house and sat right next to his router. I picked up his network, but at very very very low strength. I tried repairng, enabling, disabling again.
Do I need a new WiFi card?

Edited by Steven C, 17 January 2007 - 04:08 AM.


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Posted 17 January 2007 - 06:04 AM

Hi SteveC

lets do it organized to figure out what's the real problem before buying a new WiFi card. May be there is something running on your system which blocks the WiFi connections or doing other unwanted stuff on your system.

1. Have you had a HJT log check of your system lately?

2. Is is possible for you to test that card in another system just to check if there the same problems?

3. Does that WiFi card run with the latest driver release?

4. What kinda WiFi protocols do you use, WEP, WPA or other ones?

5. Does /do the other routes use the same protocols too (s pt 4.)?

Kay, lets start with that check list.....

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 07:08 PM

Thanks for your reply and help. I'll answer the best to my ability.

1 - Yes I ran HJT, nothing out of the ordinary. I can post if you like when I get home.
2 - No we only have 1 laptop in the house
3 - Yes i updated the drivers. I even uninstalled in Hadrware properties and rebooted.
4 - honestly I do not know.
5 - n/a

I think maybe the antenna is loose. I dont know, I'll look when I get home.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 08:55 PM

How do I troubleshoot a weak or dropped wireless signal (#8932)
20 troubleshooting tips for wireless weak or dropped signals

http://www.dslreports.com/faq/8932

Cisco Info..

http://www.cisco.com...080094cdc.shtml



I would first assume it might have started when you installed some software..or might have even updated your OS.

Is that update set for automatic..or do you manually install updates for Windows and or other software you have installed ?






If you have tried to uninstall then reinstall the drivers..this still might help..



Anything that uses radio waves to communicate is subject to interference from other devices using the same 2.4 GHz band, such as microwave ovens, cordless phones, and security cameras to name a few. Also physical things such as metal walls, groups of people, Mylar balloons, concrete walls or insulated walls using metal backing and metal furniture can deflect or absorb the signal and cause problems.

Symptoms: Most of the time these will result in loss of signal strength or quality.




Cisco Systems Mini PCI Wireless LAN driver for Windows NT - ThinkPad R32, T30, T40, T41, T42, X30, X31



Applicable countries and regions





This package provides the Wireless LAN driver, Utility Software, and Firmware for Cisco Wireless LAN Mini PCI card for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0.

The Wireless LAN driver enables or updates the Wireless LAN function of the following ThinkPad computers with the following adapters:
- Cisco Wireless LAN Mini PCI Card

This release supports the following systems:
- ThinkPad T30, T40, T41, T42
- ThinkPad X30, X31
- ThinkPad R32



http://www-3.ibm.com...ocid=MIGR-52831

**********************************************

IBM ThinkPad September 27, 2004
Wireless LAN Software for Cisco Wireless LAN MiniPCI Card for
Windows NT 4.0 for ThinkPad

Driver Version 3.5.13
Utility Version 6.01.002
======================================================================

WHAT THIS PACKAGE DOES
----------------------
This package provides the Wireless LAN driver, Utility Software, and
Firmware for Cisco Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Card for Microsoft
Windows NT 4.0.

For Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP, please use the following package:
Wireless LAN Software for Cisco Wireless LAN MiniPCI Card for
Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP for ThinkPad


http://www-307.ibm.c...MIGR-42683.html

The Wireless LAN driver enables or updates the Wireless LAN function
of the following ThinkPad computers with the following adapters

- Cisco Wireless LAN Mini-PCI Card.

This release supports the following systems:

- ThinkPad T30/T40/T41/T42
- ThinkPad X30/X31
- ThinkPad R32

Note: This driver will turn the Radio on automatically after restarting or
resuming from suspend the system.

Turn the radio off again using the following procedure:
1. Start -> Programs -> Cisco Systems -> Aironet Client
Utility (ACU)
2. Commands -> Turn Radio Off

To determine if you should update the Wireless LAN driver, refer to
the "Summary of Changes" section.

To update the Wireless LAN driver, refer to the "Installation
Instructions" section.


RELEASED VERSIONS
-----------------
Version 3.4.11 Initial release.
Version 3.5.13 Fixed a problem.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES
------------------
Where: <bbbbb> Build number (for example, 21246 means Build 21246)
(New) New function or enhancement
(Fix) Correction to existing function

<3.4.11>
- (New) Initial release for
ThinkPad T30/T40/T41/T42/X30/X31/R32


<3.5.13>
- (Fix) Radio will automatically turn on after restarting system.

Installation instructions
-------------------------
Note: ThinkPad Software Installer is not supported by this package.

Windows NT 4.0
1. Start Windows NT 4.0.
2. Extract this package onto the hard disk drive.
3. Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel.
4. Double-click Network.
5. If this is the first time to configure the Network, it will
display Network Configuration dialog box, then proceed to the
next step. If not, go to step 20.

First Network Configuration

6. Click Yes.
7. Select Wired to the network.
8. Click Next.
9. Click Select from list.
10. Click Have Disk.
11. Type the path to the directory that contains the .inf file in
Insert Disk dialog box. (\PCC-MPI\NT4.0)
12. Click OK.
13. Select Cisco Systems PCI Wireless LAN Adapter.
14. Follow the instructions that follows and reboot the system.
15. Right click Network Neighborhood icon.
16. Click Properties.
17. Click Adapters tab of Network window
18. Select Cisco Systems PCI Wireless LAN Adapter and click
Properties.
19. Close Network Window and restart the system.

Add Ethernet to Network Configuration

20. Click Adapters tab.
21. Click Add.
22. Click Have Disk.
23. Type the path to the directory that contains the .inf file in
Insert Disk dialog box.
24. Click OK.
25. Select Cisco Systems PCI Wireless LAN Adapter.
26. Click OK.
27. Click Close.
28. Follow the instructions displayed on the screen.
29. Click Yes when prompted to restart the computer.

Aironet Client Utility
1. Start Windows.
2. Click Start and then click Run.
3 In the Run dialog window, specify \ACU\SETUP.EXE with the
full path name where you extracted the package in the step 2,
and click OK.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen.
5. Restart the system.


Determining which version is installed
--------------------------------------
To check the version of the firmware/device driver that is installed
on your system:

1. Start Aironet Client Utility
2. Click Status icon.
3. Check Firmware Version/NDIS Driver Version.

Determining the Utility Version
To check the version of the Utility Software that is installed on your
system:
1. Open Aironet Client Utility
2. Click Help, then click About Aironet Client Utility.


Unattended installation
-----------------------
To install the Aironet Client Utility without any interruption, please
do following steps. This is for system administrators' use only.


1. Start Windows NT 4.0, logon with administrative privileges.
2. Copy the I386 Folder from the Windows NT 4.0 CD-ROM to the hard
drive.
3. Create the following folder structure with the following files:

|
+---\I386
|
+---\$OEM$
|
+---\NET
|
+---\ADAPTERS
|
+---\PCI504
|
+---OEMSETUP.INF
+---PCX500.DLL
+---PCX504.SYS

4. Modify the \I386\UNATTEND.TXT to look like this:

[Unattended]
OemPreinstall = yes
ConfirmHardware = no
NtUpgrade = no
Win31Upgrade = no
TargetPath = WINNT
OverwriteOemFilesOnUpgrade = no

[Display]
ConfigureAtLogon = 0
BitsPerPel = 8
XResolution = 640
YResolution = 480
VRefresh = 60
AutoConfirm = 1

[Network]
InstallAdapters = SelectedAdaptersSection
InstallProtocols = ProtocolsSection
InstallServices = ServicesSection

[SelectedAdaptersSection]
PCI504 = CiscoParamSection, \$OEM$\NET\ADAPTERS\PCI504

[CiscoParamSection]
;

[ProtocolsSection]
TC = TCParamSection

[TCParamSection]
DHCP = yes

[ServicesSection]
;

5. Run WINNT /U:UNATTEND /S:<PATH OF I386>



Tips for LEAP Authentication
----------------------------
1. To utilize LEAP authentication, it is required to install
Cisco Aironet Client Utility(ACU) with LEAP authentication feature
selected. Please run \utility\SETUP.EXE to install ACU and choose
the "LEAP" option at Select Options menu of the installer.

2. If IBM Client Security Software (CSS) is installed, to enable
manage pass phrase using User Verification Manager for log-on
authentication, it is required to re-install ACU after
IBM Client Security Software is installed.


Trademarks
----------
* IBM and ThinkPad are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation.
* Microsoft, Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation.

Other company, product, and service names may be registered
trademarks, trademarks or service marks of others.

#8 Hunter

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 09:53 PM

see the link below for a very long discussion on the same problem you have ciao.gif


IBM X30 and IBM Access Connections with Windows XP

have read several posts regarding the same problem and still haven't
seen a clear answer or anyone that has successfully corrected the
problem.

I have an X30 with wireless built in and Windows XP and the only way
it will connect with an access point is if I check the box under the
connection properties that says "Let Windows ."


I would like the x30 to connect to the wireless networks automatically
using the IBM Access Connections software, but it is incapable of
doing that. I'm running IBM Access Connections version 3.20, have the
newest drivers for the adapter and the newest firmware for the
adapter. I have uninstalled and reinstalled both the drivers and
Access Connections with no luck.


I know I'm not the only one that has struggled with this so if there
is anybody out there that has fixed this, please let me know.





http://groups.google...edcc696f1b02fb7


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Also

Why does my client card not associate to the closest access point?

A. If you have multiple access points in your wireless topology, your client maintains an association with the access point with which the client originally associated. The association remains until the client loses keepalive beacons from that access point. The client then seeks out another access point and attempts to associate to that access point, if the client has sufficient rights and authorization on the new access point.

Make sure that available configured data rates match between a given client and the access point desired. An auto setting on the client card does not automatically match everything, but allows the client card to rate shift among available rates that the access point advertises.

BIOS Update (Non-Diskette) - ThinkPad X30

http://www-307.ibm.c...MIGR-44135.html

Symptoms corrected by version 1.09 (1KET48WW)

Note: This BIOS version will only work with Embedded Controller Program Version 1.03 (or higher).
(New) Support for IBM 11bg Wireless LAN Mini PCI Adapter.

#9 Steven C

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 10:39 PM

Thanks Hunter. I have the updated drivers in your 1st post.
On the 2nd post, I do not have any IBM software on the machine. I did clean install w/ XP and had to dl the Cisco drivers for the WiFi card.

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 10:44 PM

Ok..now I understand..at first i was not even sure if all x30 even had the adapter installed.


Upgrade X30 to wi-fi,

http://forum.thinkpa...9aa7db272aaff76

ROTFL

The thinkpad forum seems to be down just now for that link..

Edited by Hunter, 17 January 2007 - 10:47 PM.


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Posted 17 January 2007 - 11:02 PM

I have a laptop..but not the X30..and I do not like the windows utility for wireless..and as you see some fixed the problem in that second post by..

quote:
I actually finally had some success after my last post. In Windows
XP, pull of the list of services and go to the bottom to "Wireless
Zero Configuration" and disable the service. After restarting, AC
connected to my wireless network. Now, I tried this once before and
it didn't work but seems to be working great now. I'm also running
the newest driver and firmware for the adapter as well as the newest
version of AC and am not sure if I was when I tried disabling the
service the first time.

Hopefully this will help some others with the same problem.


John

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 11:18 PM

If you are interested...here is some history and a place to download the latest version..

05/24/2004
IBM Access Connections
Easily shift between wireless and wired networks with IBM Access Connections ? a single interface to assist with connectivity in your home, office or on the road. Version 3.20 is available for download.


http://www-900.ibm.c...VY/1ycn11ww.txt



Symptoms corrected by the latest ThinkVantage Access Connections for Windows 2000/XP - Notebooks

http://www-307.ibm.c...MIGR-42596.html

Download
http://www-307.ibm.c...IGR-4ZLNJB.html

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 11:24 PM

QUOTE (Steven C @ Jan 17 2007, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks Hunter. I have the updated drivers in your 1st post.
On the 2nd post, I do not have any IBM software on the machine. I did clean install w/ XP and had to dl the Cisco drivers for the WiFi card.



Do you infact have a card ??? or the built in adpater for that laptop ?

this is the built in one..

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 11:28 PM

Or do you really just have this one ???

http://www.cisco.com...4555/index.html

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 06:42 AM

QUOTE (Hunter @ Jan 17 2007, 11:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Steven C @ Jan 17 2007, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Thanks Hunter. I have the updated drivers in your 1st post.
On the 2nd post, I do not have any IBM software on the machine. I did clean install w/ XP and had to dl the Cisco drivers for the WiFi card.



Do you infact have a card ??? or the built in adpater for that laptop ?

this is the built in one..


I have this one.


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