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  User Icon Socrref

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1/1/2007 12:53:41 PM


    QUOTE:

    Originally Posted by pitote:
      QUOTE:

      Originally Posted by pitote:
      I have this problem and have been trying to fix it for over two weeks but nothing....Netstubler shows good signal and my cards utility olso shows good signal strength. I have changed out PCI cards and installed drivers and evrything is the same. I have gone as far as trying a USB wireless adapter and it does the same thing..Good signal accross the board. No matter what adapter I use ipconfig says "media disconnected". I have a D-link router set to default with no protection annabled. My dell wireless laptop works flawlessly...Did I mention that it was working great before that.
      A qwestion that no one has asked is can wireless be disabled in the BIOS?
      PLEASE SOMEONE HELP I AM PULLING MY HAIR OUT!!!!!
      All suggestions above have not worked...Thanx.



    Just for your information after trying everything I "DEFRAGMENTED" My C: Drive and @ssoon as the Defragmentation was done it connected to my router.
    Just something you can try. Let me know if it works....



I have been through the posts on the site at least three times and tried everything, but to no avail. My Vaio laptop h@sstopped communicating with my Linksys wireless router. The device is working properly according to my diagnostics, but it will not connect. The icon in the toolbar will reflect that a wireless network is available, but when I click on Network Connections or try to connect, I get nowhere. The media disconnected message is still in the ipconfig file and none of the suggestions here has helped. Any other suggestions?

This post was last edited by Socrref on Monday, January 01, 2007 at 12:55:53 PM.
  User Icon addley

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1/3/2007 5:59:05 PM


    QUOTE:

    Originally Posted by testerxp:
    I had this same problem and I found some software on line that fixes the problem. My problem occured after I ran AdAware on my laptop trying to clean it up. I had no DNS server and my IP address read as 0.0.0.0. When I did a ipconfig /release, I received a media is disconnected error. I am a software developer so I knew exactly what to type in google to find the solution to this problem. I only had the problem for one day, and I know of people that have had this problem for months.

    I found a website that offers a freeware software download called WinSockFix.exe, which you can also type in google for a search. The URL ishttp://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=257.

    I had to download this of course at work and burn it on a CD. If you have a floppy drive it is small enough to fit there, or if you have a USB key. At any rate, I got home yesterday, popped in the CD, and after less then a minute and a reboot. My issue was completely resolved. After my refresh, I no longer received the "Limited or No Connectivity" on my wireless signal and I instantly clicked on IE and it opened right back up like nothing had ever went wrong.

    I dont know who wrote this software, but they are definitely my savior on this issue.





If running XP SP2, the command that the software provided can be run from the cmd line,
Click start/run, type cmd, hit enter or click ok, type netsh winsock reset and hit enter, will bring back message that winsock has be successfully reset, you must restart computer to complete the operation, restart and away you go.

If it brings back any other message then you either do not have SP2, or you IE has become corrupted and you will need to reinstall IE, its on your windows disk, and if you store it on your system, it will be in add/remove software, click add/remove windows components
  User Icon djt0506

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1/3/2007 7:08:06 PM


Hi all,

Im currently having a slightly different problem from everyone. I get the "media disconnected" status when I 'ipconfig' in command prompt. However, I am connected to the internet and have no problems. But I read on the internet that if you are trying to make contact with another computer, the "media disconnected" message needs to be changed to "media connected".

Any ideas whats going on here?
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  User Icon playnthru

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1/5/2007 7:40:11 PM




Didn't have time to read the entitre thread, but I do know what worked for me...

Disabled my anti-virus program and then rebooted.

Connected up nicely then I turned the AV back on

Cheers

This post was last edited by playnthru on Friday, January 05, 2007 at 7:40:55 PM.
  User Icon gregst7

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1/8/2007 1:43:13 AM


I have an HP Pavilion ze2000 notebook with a built-in wireless. The wireless worked for 1 1/2 years then started to drop out with 'media disconnected'. It would work for a while when the PC w@sstarted (XP) & then it would disconnect. I went to Wal-Mart and picked up a cheap Belkin for $35 and haven't had a problem since.
  User Icon mzayied

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1/9/2007 7:56:51 PM


    QUOTE:

    Originally Posted by aschaay:
    Can you quote the Microsoft article number? I wonder whether the XP Home install could be the reason...






The Microsoft Article about Wireless Card APEARS DISCONNECTED is -->>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324024

I haven't tried it yet, but it should be a good thing to try
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Reboot , does wonders in fixing issues but why do we always need to resort to it.
  User Icon witsend

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1/15/2007 9:31:50 AM


I'm v interested in this thread as I have also encountered a wireless connection problem, manifesting differently from others. I have Fujitsu laptop with pre-installed Win XP HE and Odyssey Client software [which is supposed to manage the wireless network adapter - WNA].
My laptop and one PC [also wireless] connect to brodband via 3Com wireless router.
When I switch on the laptop and select a user account, then use the button to switch on the WNA, this will only make a connection if I am in the admin a/c and will not connect if I am in a user account. If I switch on the computer, log on as admin user, connect the WNA, then log off and go into a user account, then the WNA connects OK.
This is inconvenient as I recently took steps to adopt security advice for XP which is arrange files so that I only log on to the internet and use personal files within a user a/c with limited privileges and to keepadmin a/c for system changes. [These changes were also adopted with the PC and it works fine - its WNA connects automatically when switched on.]
The inconvenience may appear minor but I dislike problems that may get worse. I have tried many of the suggestions in this thread. The following don't help - Restart router, editing Recovery in WZC. Change Properties of the WNA [tickbox Use Windows to configure... ] occasionally fixes it but when I reboot, the problem reappears.
I downloaded XP SP2 support tools but as I hav HE version, the software prevents me from getting networkdiag.exe. I am hesitant to use winsockfix.exe download as I do not have a XP disk and don't want to execute a change that might leave me stranded. Anyway, if I can access internet via one type of account and not another, can I really have a winsock error/

I'm very puzzled. Can any offer insight or possible solution please?
  User Icon dcana

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1/19/2007 5:59:36 PM


    QUOTE:

    Originally Posted by Digitalsine:
    Might want to make sure your wireless card's MAC address is on the filtered list on your router. If you use the MAC address filter on your wireless router that is.




I've been working for hours trying to get my Belkin wireless card to work with my now XP-running computer. I had ME and finally broke down and paid the $99 after getting a series of errors during the install - my computer hasn't crashed yet - imagine that! i was averaging about one crash for every four or five startups, I'd estimate. I tried every fix on this thread down to this one. I just entered the MAC address of the adapter into the 'allow' devices for the router and it finally works. Maybe this is obvious to everyone but it wasn't to this newbie. Hope this can help someone.
  User Icon kimandfamily

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1/30/2007 1:18:52 AM





I have been through the posts on the site at least three times and tried everything, but to no avail. My Vaio laptop h@sstopped communicating with my Linksys wireless router. The device is working properly according to my diagnostics, but it will not connect. The icon in the toolbar will reflect that a wireless network is available, but when I click on Network Connections or try to connect, I get nowhere. The media disconnected message is still in the ipconfig file and none of the suggestions here has helped. Any other suggestions?




For those of you with VAIO notebooks and all of a sudden their wireless connection in ipconfig mysteriously shows "media not connected" I have spent 3 days researching the problem and finally stumbled onto what happened...I want to kick someone's a$$ and then get all those hours of missed sleep back...

My 7 year old reported this happening during her surfing the net. I did hours of online research and was ready to try all the tips, but first I zeroed out and re-configured the linksys. No dice.

Afterwards as I tilted the VAIO backwards to carry it over from the floor to the couch, I see it:
on the front of the laptop an ACTUAL WIRELESS SWITCH, smaller than an inchworm, painted black to match the piping on the laptop with the word WIRELESS in .00000000001 size font. My daughter must have manually moved it to the OFF position by accident while repositioning the laptop during her gaming. I turned it on, and immediately the gates of heaven re-opened. OMG.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I just hope this helps someone else here so that my nightmare was not in vain. Sony can KMA.
  User Icon BillPorter

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2/2/2007 9:18:48 PM


I just had the "Media Disconnected" problem on a laptop where I had been connected to the Internet just an hour before. After trying lots of stuff (LOTS of stuff!!!) including changing incryption, reseting wireless access point, etc., etc., I found that it was a 2.4 gigahertz PHONE that was causing the problem. When the phone is in use within our condo, I lose my wireless connection. I'm sure that this is not the problem for most of the people reading this thread, but for someone out there, it may be the answer.
  User Icon sara_pax

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2/5/2007 2:54:54 PM


Hi All - I am glad to have found you. I have been struggling with this problem for the past few days. I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 and recently thought my wireless network at home wasn't strong enough as we move around the house a lot. So I bought an Airport Express Base Station that was recommended to me as an amplifier/booster for the wireless network. Unfortunately I couldn't get the darn thing installed correctly as I kept getting write-to errors. And then, to top it all off I get this darn Media Disconnected issue with my laptop. I thought I could just repackage the booster and send it back, but it seems to have done a whole lot more harm that that.

So, I've tried these options...
2) Jetson's get and run WInSockFhttp://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=257
3)andyshane's start Zero configuration service and go to and check the box for "Use Windows to configure my wireless connections"
5) Reinstall drivers for card.
... to no avail. I can't find any wireless "switch" on my machine and I don't really want to resort to opening it up and exposing the guts. I'm too nervous to change the registry stuff since it's waaaay beyond my comfort zone and I could be doing even more damage.

Are there any other ideas out there? I'm really at a loss (but actually quite impressed that my problem is as common as this and not just something really dumb that I should have figured out days ago).

Thanks
- Sara
  User Icon Nell

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2/12/2007 6:07:20 PM


    QUOTE:

    Originally Posted by sara_pax:
    Hi All - I am glad to have found you. I have been struggling with this problem for the past few days. I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 and recently thought my wireless network at home wasn't strong enough as we move around the house a lot. So I bought an Airport Express Base Station that was recommended to me as an amplifier/booster for the wireless network. Unfortunately I couldn't get the darn thing installed correctly as I kept getting write-to errors. And then, to top it all off I get this darn Media Disconnected issue with my laptop. I thought I could just repackage the booster and send it back, but it seems to have done a whole lot more harm that that.

    So, I've tried these options...
    2) Jetson's get and run WInSockFhttp://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=257
    3)andyshane's start Zero configuration service and go to and check the box for "Use Windows to configure my wireless connections"
    5) Reinstall drivers for card.
    ... to no avail. I can't find any wireless "switch" on my machine and I don't really want to resort to opening it up and exposing the guts. I'm too nervous to change the registry stuff since it's waaaay beyond my comfort zone and I could be doing even more damage.

    Are there any other ideas out there? I'm really at a loss (but actually quite impressed that my problem is as common as this and not just something really dumb that I should have figured out days ago).

    Thanks
    - Sara




I too am at the end of my tether. My son has an old PC operating on ME and the internet was working fine via a Belkin router (ISP-NTL). All of a sudden Internet Explorer refused to go anywhere and now the wireless connection has given up aswell. I know all the drivers are installed for the PCI card - but nothing! We have another PC and a laptop aswell and they are working fine so we know the router and modem are working ok.

If anyone can help, I would be soooo grateful as I am losing sleep over it!

NELLEmoticon
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2/15/2007 8:40:21 PM


    QUOTE:

    Originally Posted by Nell:
      QUOTE:

      Originally Posted by sara_pax:
      Hi All - I am glad to have found you. I have been struggling with this problem for the past few days. I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 and recently thought my wireless network at home wasn't strong enough as we move around the house a lot. So I bought an Airport Express Base Station that was recommended to me as an amplifier/booster for the wireless network. Unfortunately I couldn't get the darn thing installed correctly as I kept getting write-to errors. And then, to top it all off I get this darn Media Disconnected issue with my laptop. I thought I could just repackage the booster and send it back, but it seems to have done a whole lot more harm that that.

      So, I've tried these options...
      2) Jetson's get and run WInSockFhttp://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=257
      3)andyshane's start Zero configuration service and go to and check the box for "Use Windows to configure my wireless connections"
      5) Reinstall drivers for card.
      ... to no avail. I can't find any wireless "switch" on my machine and I don't really want to resort to opening it up and exposing the guts. I'm too nervous to change the registry stuff since it's waaaay beyond my comfort zone and I could be doing even more damage.

      Are there any other ideas out there? I'm really at a loss (but actually quite impressed that my problem is as common as this and not just something really dumb that I should have figured out days ago).

      Thanks
      - Sara




    I too am at the end of my tether. My son has an old PC operating on ME and the internet was working fine via a Belkin router (ISP-NTL). All of a sudden Internet Explorer refused to go anywhere and now the wireless connection has given up aswell. I know all the drivers are installed for the PCI card - but nothing! We have another PC and a laptop aswell and they are working fine so we know the router and modem are working ok.

    If anyone can help, I would be soooo grateful as I am losing sleep over it!

    NELLEmoticon


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2/15/2007 8:41:28 PM


Ok guys try this now...

Goto Network Connection > wireless Network Connection > Properties > TCP/IP > Properties
Now..
Uncheck the obtain an IPAddress Automatically option

Under Use the following IP Address...

change as follows..


IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.11 (last number (11) here can be changed as necessary)
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1

Use the following DNS server address.
change as follows
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1

Close the screen in order to save the new setting.. Here we go ... Google is back.. Hurraahh..
This worked to mine.. but none of the above

Have fun..

regards,
Popme(Siraj)

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3/28/2007 8:24:57 PM


"MEDIA DISCONNECTED" error on "ipconfig"....

After quite a bit of research and trouble-shooting, and a happy co-incidence on another system, I realized that "media disconnected" does NOT mean there is a problem with either your PC/laptop, wireless adapter, or router. All it means is that even though the wireless card can "see" the signal, it can't "read" the signal in a meaningful way to communicate with the source.

In my experience. this is simply caused by the router broadcasting in a mode that the wireless adapter on the PC/laptop can't decipher. (Sometimes this is caused by simply updating firmware on your router, or switching to a different router.)

Things to do:
1) Verify what kind of wireless card/adapter you have: a, b, g, b/g/a, N, etc.
2) Check the broadcast mode on your router. If you have a "wireless-b" card, you need to be broadcasting in either "b-only", "mixed b/g", or "mixed" mode. Note: Sometimes the "mixed" modes don't work; and to support a "b" card, for example, you might have to broadcast in "b-only". Try each of the applicable possibilities until you get the highest common denominator that works on all of your wireless devices.
3) If there are several wireless signals within range, make sure interference is not causing problems. If you see several signals in the available networks list, I would suggest changing the channel to something other than 6 (the default) on both the router and wireless adapter and making sure you have a unique ssid (in case your neighbor has the exact same router).
4) If your laptop/PC still doesn't automatically connect, refresh the list of networks and try the usual steps. It should now work.

Note: Be meticulous on this. Don't @ssume anything.

Moving from my SMC-b router to a Belkin pre-N "broke" my wireless card and it said "media disconnected". Moving back to my SMC router did NOT automatically solve the problem. But many months later, with a new Linksys N router, I decided to try again and changing my broadcast mode corrected it in seconds. I have had similar experiences correcting connections on other systems by simply stepping the mode down to match the problem device.
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