WI-FI connection lost


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Martin

Tried the microsoft.com/kb/892350 fix didn't work,
unistalled MAS, tried system restore, nothing has returned
my wi-fi connection to its previous state, pre-MAS
download and install. Any suggestions or info would be
greatly appreciated.
 
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Guest

Haven't tried it but will give it a try. What about the
WinsockXPFix.exe file? Have you heard anything about that?
 
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Bill Sanderson

That doesn't do anything that the fix you mention in the first article does.

This is probably not a Microsoft Antispyware issue, but more likely a
generic wireless networking issue.

Can you describe the steps you go through to re-establish the connection,
and what happens?

Is this an encrypted (secure) connection?

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plun

(e-mail address removed) brought next idea :
Haven't tried it but will give it a try. What about the
WinsockXPFix.exe file? Have you heard anything about that?

Hi

If you are upgraded to SP2, which is important ! I have never heard of
any problem with
repairing winsock but if you are not WinsockfixXP is a good choice.

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/winsockxpfix.html

About the WiFi patch I believe you must be upgraded to SP2.

So clean your PC from spyware with MSAS and upgrade to SP2.

It is also important to do a full virusscan with an updated
antivirusprogram
before installing SP2.

Some special offers from MS:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/downloads/default.mspx
 
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Guest

If it is not an MS anti-spyware issue then it must be an
uncanny coincidence as to why for 5 months my wifi has
been working correctly and the day after I download MAS it
can't connect anymore.

The connections I use are unsecured. At first I thought
my wireless card went bad, however it will connect to
secured sites, but as you are aware I need a password to
get in. So I know the wireless card is ok.

Steps:

turn on the wireless button, get my list of possible sites
to connect to. Then I hit the connect button to an
unsecured site and nothing happens, even though the dialog
box pops up showing that my computer is trying to connect
with the network. Before it just automatically connected
to the strongest signal without doing anything. Now
everything is manual and nothing works.

thanks for your help
 
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Bill Sanderson

I still think you'd be better off in a group related to wireless networking,
but I do plenty of wireless troubleshooting in real life, I just haven't
done it online before.

I'm unclear whether you are using Wireless zero configuration (i.e. Windows
(and xp) wireless services) or the proprietary interface supplied by your
wireless equipment vendor to make the connection?

I like the idea of the patch Plun suggests--that ought to straighten out any
issues with the Windows wireless stuff, and give you the latest bits. I've
put that on three machines so far with no noticeable result except that they
now connect to my WPA2 AP which they didn't before.

So--you downloaded Microsoft Antispyware, and installed it. Did you then
clean up some spyware?

One result of such cleanups is a broken Winsock LSP chain, which the fix you
cited earlier is supposed to take care of. However, if third-party software
also adds itself to the winsock LSP chain, you need to reinstall that
software. This'd be the first time I've heard of needing to reinstall
software associated with just a wireless nic because of this issue, but I
suppose it isn't impossible. So--one recommendation might be to remove and
reinstall your wireless nic software/drivers.

If this were some simple performance bug--i.e. a situation in which having
Microsoft Antispyware active on the machine causes such a hit that other
functionality suffers, I'd think simply shutting down the program via
right-clicking on the notification tray icon would do the trick. I don't
think it is too intimately involved in the network stack.

So--does it ever say that it is "connected" with the unsecured sites you are
trying to connect to? If it does, what are the results of IPCONFIG /all at
a command prompt? Do you get a DHCP distributed address? Do you get DNS
server settings, and a default gateway?

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Guest

Hi Bill,

Thanks for the information. As you initially speculated
it was some kind of generic wireless problem. I drove
around with my laptop and connected to various sites
without any problem. I still cannot connect to the sites
I was using previously from my home even though the sites
are unsecured and have good signal strength for some
quirky reason. However, I am relieved that my wi-fi and
computer are running normally. Thanks again for the
information and your help.
 
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Bill Sanderson

I've seen the symptom of apparently being able to connect, but, in fact, the
connection being useless.

I've never dug too deeply--I don't want to look like a real hacker, just
occaisionally sponge off somebody--like the neighbors of our community
outside pool!

One possibility is restriction by mac address, another is not handing out
IP's via DHCP, lots of things could be being done to keep the idle wanderers
by out. Or it could be simple range issues--maybe the signal looks better
than it actually is.

At any rate--glad your mind is at rest about the basic functionality!

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Ballina

-----Original Message-----
Tried the microsoft.com/kb/892350 fix didn't work,
unistalled MAS, tried system restore, nothing has returned
my wi-fi connection to its previous state, pre-MAS
download and install. Any suggestions or info would be
greatly appreciated.
.

I had the same problem. Turned off spyware on my desktop
and my wifi connection was restored.
 

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