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Help Needed: Wireless NIC incorrectly reporting "Media Disconnected"

Friday, July 29th, 2005

I hate to do this on my blog, but I’m desparate, so I’ve resorted to an open plea for help.

Two nights ago, I installed AdAware SE Personal (1.06) and ran it. After that, my Wireless NIC started misbehaving in really strange ways.

Using Windows XP SP2 Pro. Via the UI, I can see (refresh, etc.) all local WiFi networks. Even tells me signal strength. When I try to connect, it fails. Here’s the strange part: IPCONFIG reports “Media Disconnected”. How can that be, if I can see the networks??

I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver. No dice.

I found a guy who said he had a similar problem and fixed it by installing a “WinsockFix” freeware app. I tried that, but it didn’t help.

Any ideas?