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Missing Wireless Internet Connection Icon After Replacing Hard Drive--Please help!

Q: Missing Wireless Internet Connection Icon After Replacing Hard Drive--Please help!


I am in desperate need of some technical help. I have a Hp Pavillion desktop with a service pack 2 windows xp operating system My little sister's hard drive on her computer crashed so I replaced it with a new one. Before the crash, I had set up a wireless network with a linksys router just fine and the internet worked perfectly on that computer. However, after replacing the hard drive with the new one and rebooting the system, I proceeded to try to reconnect to the internet; however, the "wireless connection" icon is missing from the network connections place. I have already gone in to the wireless configuration zero and it says it is started (and I have restarted it) I am so frustrated and my mom threw away the installation cd for the router so i can not re set up the internet...

Any suggestions please My 11 year old sister and my mother and most definitely me would be greatly appreciated

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Please help. I have an IT degree but I'm stumped!....
In my network connections my Wireless connection is missing.
I had had it working since i bought the laptop and it would always let me know what networks were present but now the icon is gone completely and i cant get it back.
Can anyone help?

A:Solved: Missing Wireless internet connection icon

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I'm using my home desktop to make this post. This is issue is with my Dell laptop that--up till an hour ago--had a wireless area connection icon in the lower right corner and a Wireless Area Network option when I went to "Network Connections" (I still have my LAN option.) I was using a Driver Whiz program to update all my drivers when it said I needed some Intel Wireless Config program. So I downloaded it but at the end I had no Internet access and no icon, etc. So I uninstalled that program but it was too late. I've even tried a system restore to a few hours prior to this mistake of mine to no avail. My husband says I need to connect hardwire to the Internet and download a WAN driver...is that correct?

A:wireless area connection icon missing/ cannot connect to Internet

Hi. You may find the Wireless Card Utility icon in the Control Panel..

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I did a Windows update & afterwards the wireless network strength icon disappeared & I can't get it back. I tried restore but no luck. In notifications its shown to be shown always. My network connections still works but it would be nice to have that icon back to monitor or switch network connections.

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I am trying to replace a Hard drive in a Dell computer - installing a Western Digital. I have Windows XP. Upon starting my computer, I receive an error message "NTLDR is missing Press Cntrl+Alt+Del to restart"

Every time I restart I get the same message.

How do I get Windows XP installed and get past this message?

Thanks in advance,

A:Replacing Hard drive - NTLDR is missing error

This link is a good place to start. Is this a clean hard drive with nothing on it?


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Dell laptop
Windows XP

The icon was there until I installed the internet providers Home Networking CD. I can connect to the internet by only plugging into the modem.

In the device mananger, under "Other Devices" Network controller has a yellow question mark.

Appreciate any assistance.

A:Solved: Wireless Connection Icon missing

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-64, AMD64 Family 15 Model 104 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1982 Mb
Graphics Card: Microsoft Basic Display Adapter
Hard Drives: C: 110 GB (42 GB Free);
Motherboard: Quanta, 30B9
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

When I shut down my computer for the night on 12/21 I had wireless capability. When I tried to get on Friday the 22nd I had to use Ethernet connection. My wireless button is on but the wireless icon is gone and not showing wireless networks. Matter of fact I don't have that option on the Network settings. I did restore my computer to earlier build and then I had wireless connection. After closing out and coming back on no wireless. I went to HP website but computer is too old and they have retired all info. My device manager shows NVDIA nForce Networking Controller and says it is updated. But it also shows it as the Ethernet connection. Can someone help? I am not a computer whiz.

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I have a HP mini when i go into network connections the wireless icon is gone... I'm not sure what happen... I have already looked in the device manager and nothing is highlighted or has a ? or X.

here is my ipconfig info:

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.


Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : kupa
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.wa.comcast.net.

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd1.wa.comcast.net.
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros AR8132 PCI-E Fast Ethernet C
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 18-A9-05-A3-0B-4C
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::1aa9:5ff:fea3:b4c%4
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, July 06, 2011 7:23:26 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Thursday, July 07, 2011 7:23:26 PM

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

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I just spent the last several days trying to find the solution on this site to getting my wireless connection back. I could not find the solution, so I'm trying this post.

I re-installed Windows XP Home on my Dell Inspiron 700m because the system was getting way too slow to be useful. I did msconfig and turned off what i thought might be safe to turn off, but that only improved performance slightly.
Anyway, after re-installing windows, the system is spunky again, but the previously working wireless no longer seems to work. The Windows Help told me to go to Network Connections and "click the wireless network connection icon". Unfortunately, like the other folks, the icon on my system is missing.

As instructed to other folks, I went to Device Manager and I found that everything under Other Devices had a yellow question mark or exclamation point. I went to Properties on some of these devices and the message said "The drivers for this device are not installed (Code 28)". I then went to Dell Support to see if I can find the drivers for my wireless modem. I got some files but when i clicked on the Reinstall Driver button, it said it could not find the drivers.

I opened the command line and typed "ipconfig /all" but nothing came up. All it said was "Windows IP Configuration".

So now I'm lost. Not sure what to do next. Check the modems physical connection? Any assistance would be much appreciated.

A:Solved: Missing Wireless Network Connection Icon

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Hello everyone
I am missing the wireless network icon from my task bar and Network Connections folder.
I have an inbuilt wireless card and the driver seems to be installed correctly.
Thanks for your help.

A:Missing wireless network connection icon Lenovo t400

Look in your manual, you probably have a wireless switch somewhere on the desktop or sides switched off.

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I inadvertantly disabled the WLAN connection so that I don't have any way to connect to a wireless signal. It was dumb move on my part - I was trying to remove unwanted icons on the taskbar. I didn't realize the WLAN had anything to do with wireless connections.

Can anyone walk me through getting this going again?

A:Solved: No wireless connection - missing WLAN icon on taskbar.

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Hello, This might seem a trivial complaint, but I seem to have lost my Internet connection icon, it has disappeared from the taskbar notification area, (the two screens and the blue circle), my connection still works but I like to have the connection symbol there. If I right click on the Windows button then right click and choose properties on the notification tab, under select which icons to always show, only the clock is selected, with 'volume, network and power selections grayed out', can anyone help me to get my broadband connection icon back?

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Hi there,
Have you seen this Microsoft article?
Could you try running the fix it in this article and let us know if you are still having problems?
Thank you.

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the internet connection icon is missing on my daughters laptop and I cant figure out how to get it back.
its not a major concern as she has it set to auto connect at home and college but when she goes elsewhere she cant get on the net
used to be down the right hand side but no sign of it now.
isb this a common issue after windows update because I've noticed that the volume control icon has changed.

A:internet connection icon missing

What icon?

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I was playing around & saw this asus updater so I thought I would see if there were any updates. There was so I did it and after I had re booted my wireless internet icon disappeared completely. Its not in the device manager or in my network connections. I'm stumped as I don't really know much about IT stuff. Any help getting it back would be greatly appreciated.

A:wireless internet icon missing

do a system restore
start>programs>accessories>system tools>system restore - choose a date before you installed the update

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I turned on my Dell Laptop running W7 today and the "2 tv's and globe" icon showing that you are connected to the Internet is missing from the systray. Thankfully I'm connected to the Internet, however it is very annoying and mystifying that this icon has just disappeared. I've gone into the taskbar properties and done the customiise option, but the icon does not appear on that list either so I don't have an option to 'show' it permamently etc. I've also tried a few System Restore points and that hasn't made any difference either.
Despite trying to Goggle a solution for several hours, I've not gotten anywhere. I'm now turning to the experts here to see if anyone on this Forum can suggest a solution to this niggly little problem? Hopefully someone has come across this already and has sorted it out?
Many thanks for any help or suggestions.

A:Internet connection icon missing from systray

Hello Toppers and welcome to the forum.

Your description of the missing network icon sounds like your running Vista not 7.

Plese post a screen shot of your desktop. And did you check to make sure it isn't just hidden. Press the arrow by the tray and make sure its not under there.

Let us know.

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 The internet connection icon is missing in the taskbar.  It was there when I first got the computer a few days ago and no it's gone.  I'm not sure what I did to remove it or how to get it back.

A:Missing internet connection icon in taskbar

 Rt click on Task Bar > Properties > Notification Area Tab > Check Network System Icon Box > Apply > OK.

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Hi, my old hard drive for my laptop died so I decided to replace it with a new one and I also had my computer backed up already by the way. I replaced the hard drive and installed my windows 7. Now I want to install the drivers that I need for the computer but I can't connect to the network. Is there anyway I can get the connection to network and then download the drivers or do I have to download the drivers to a USB install them in the laptop. If I have to download the drivers to a USB and install them on my laptop, then can you please put a link to where I can download the drivers. My laptop is a pavilion g6-1c62us. Thanks in advance.

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I don't understand what has happened. You know when you click on "my computer" and it shows you all your partitions, with a little icon next to it...well, my main data partition's icon is missing and replaced by that windows "icon" that you get when a computer sees an unrecognized file. its hard to explain.

My data on this partition is readable....runs fine. I have posted a cropped screen grab to show what it looks like. The one in question is Data D: and it used to look just like the others. "D" and "E" are both located on the same physical hard disk.

How can I change that icon?

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The icon for my c: drive is missing and the icon is a white paper icon with 6 symbols on it. The C drive still opens its just annoying. Thanks

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Hi all,

Any help would be appreciated.

Since I installed a fresh copy of Windows XP my wireless internet icon that allows me to search for wireless internets an d shows me the strength of them has disappeared from my toolbar on my desktop. How do I get it back?

I tried looking for help online and someone suggested looking in my Device Manager and I have looked at my Device Manager and there are yellow question marks under the "other device" bit I don't know what that means or how to rectify it?


A:Solved: Wireless Internet Icon missing from toolbar HELP!

Does Device Manager show a wireless Network Adapter?
If not, visit your PC maker's web site to download the driver and your wireless icon should re-appear.

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I'm having a problem, well, many problems but this is the one that's currently making me pull my hair out.

The icon which shows that the internet is connected in the notification area next to the clock on xp, it's gone.
Also gone is the icon for the speedtouch modem status (it is set to start at boot up but doesn't and isn't listed in msconfig) but that may be another problem, my primary concern is the network icon...

I have tried the taskbar repair tool thingy which seemed to fix the problems of some people with a similar problem on this forum but it hasn't worked for me.

I have enabled the 'hide inactive icons' option in the taskbar properties, set everything there to always show (the network conenction notification wasnt there) then tried re-disabling the hide inactive icons. Still no joy.

I went to Network connections and right clicked on the internet conenction and checked that it was set to display the notification, it was already checked but I tried disabling that then re-enabling it. That didn't work either.

Not sure if it's related but if I right click on the conenction and disconnect, it still shows as connected until i refresh the folder and same with when i connect, it doesn't display as connected in network connections until I refresh.

I've read through as many similar issue threads as i could find, am i missing something?

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I am running Windows XP SP3.I tried to install Universal Netboot Installer(UNetBootin) so I can run Linux too.The installation of Unbuntu linux failed and I had to uninstall UNetBootin too.But after that my hard disk drive icon is missing:Only C: drive icon is missing. This is where linux files were copied and later deleted.How can I recover it back?Thank you for your help in advance

A:Missing Usual Hard Disk Drive Icon;cd=1&gl=usI might also run a manufacturer's diagnostic on the C: drive, just to be safe.Louis

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Hi all,

I have been having this problem for over a month now. It first started on my old laptop which is now sadly defunct due to a graphics card issue and is no longer on the network, however, the issue has now transferred to 2 other laptops over the space of a few weeks.

A basic overview is that when you start the laptops the icon in the system tray for the wireless network continues to display that it's connecting (the spinning circle) for over 30 mins. A desktop gadget I had installed on my old laptop advised me that it had solved the pc and router's IPs but was having issues solving the external IP. Yet, I could still open and browse the internet freely but it did cause windows functions (ie. the network connection centre etc.) to freeze on start up. This issue does not occur while in safe mode with networking.

Solutions I have tried (not in order):

*Windows repair
*Windows restore
*Norton and AVG and Kaspersky scan
*PC pitstop scan
*Troubleshooted startup services and programs

This issue has jumped from one pc after it was off the network to a pc that is usually connected last.

I have abstained from reinstalling the OS for the moment due to lack of back up space.

I have suspicions that there is a virus in the system but I don't know how to find it . Any help on this would be appreciated.

Doo0592 x

A:Wireless connection icon freezing but still connected to the internet

Don't you think there is a possiblity that having three A/V's installed on your system can cause this type of problem? The virus is the anti virus in this case. I suggest you uninstall your A/V's then test.

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During periods of inactivity i've noticed that my hard drive light gets going and I can hear some activity... I've noticed that every now and then while i'm browsing around, sometimes the focus gets taken off of my browser and I have to reclick the browser to put it back as the active window... One last thing is that whenever I reboot, my sound icon does not appear anymore in my system tray and I have to manually add it back through the control panel (it is supposed to be there by default, according to settings)

I've run both Spybot and MBAM as well as AVG to no avail they all did not find anything, so i'm wondering if i have anything suspicious...
Running WinXP SP3

A:hard drive activity/missing sound icon in systray

I haven't gotten a reply , can anyone please help me with this?

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After I restarted my Laptop, I noticed both my internet connection icons (wired and wireless) and several items were missing from my taskbar on my laptop. I cannot find them anywhere on my computer, the network displays 0 items. Also, I cannot restore the computer at all.  Any prompt help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Network connection and wireless icon disappeared from Taskbar and no internet

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 

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Something is preventing Icon #16, which is the default drive icon in Windows 7 from displaying in my imageres.dll.

The problems started after using various methods and software for recovering data from an external hard drive. My local hard drive icons went missing in My Computer

I took the following steps all of which have been futile:

1. rebuild icon cache
2. sfc /scannow
3. Replace the imageres.dll with the original Windows 7 one using Win7 orig. IconPack inst X64 by ~Mr-Ragnarok on deviantART

Basically even when I download an original imageres.dll from somewhere, when I see the icons in the database, Icon #16 is always missing. Also missing are many other icons such as 11, 12, 13 etc. as you can see in the screenshot.

Clearly something is immediately preventing these icons from showing even after I have replaced the file with a new one.

What could be the solution to my problem? I am using Microsoft Security Essentials and a scan does not show any Virus.

A:Icon #16 missing from imageres.dll even after replacing with new

Welcome to the Seven Forums
They're not missing Microsoft did not put them there.
The drive icon is number 32 or 35 or 36 in the imageres.dllI don't remember for sure.
You said you already did 1. rebuild icon cache 2. sfc /scannow them would've been my first two choices also and I probably would've done your third choice to but if it didn't work you made need to do a Repair Install

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This is my first and hopefully last post. I believe that my computer has some sort of Virus/Malware that I cannot locate and/or remove. I have run through the steps recommended on this site prior to posting a HJT log. The only program that came up with something was the MicroTren House Calls online check. Spybot at one time came up with a command service virus that it could not remove, however it does not come up with that anymore. I have AVG, McAfee OAS running constantly and am only using FireFox for web surfing at this time since it seemed that problems occur when I use IE. I have posted my HJT log below for review. Hopefully someone can locate any problems I have and recommend a fix. My computer is booting up very slowly and I no longer have access to my wireless network icon in my toolbars and I cannot access my wireless configuration utility from the control panel. I get the following error: "Internal configuration is inconsistent, please restart the machine to resolve the problem", however this does not solve the problem. Hopefully someone can help soon!Regards,cycleguy37HJT Log Below:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 9:41:19 AM, on 2/11/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\sy... Read more

A:Possible Infection - Red X Next To Hard Drive (c:) And Wireless Network Icon Gone In Toolbars

Welcome to the BleepingComputer HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum. My name is Richie and i'll be helping you to fix your problems.Apologies for the late response,as i'm sure you can appreciate we are extremely busy.If you've already recieved help at another forum and your issues have been resolved,or you're presently recieving help elsewhere then please let us know.If you still require help,please post a new Hijackthis log into this topic in your next reply.The current formatting of your log makes it difficult to read/evaluate.Open 'Notepad',click on 'Format' at the top,then uncheck 'Word Wrap' if it's checked.Also post a detailed description of the issues you're experiencing.*Note*Post all reports/logs directly into this topic,not as attachments,thanks.

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Hey all.

I have a slight problem. I recently did updates for my Vista laptop and when it restarted, I found that my Wireless Connection icon was missing from my toolbar. I right clicked, went to Properties, Notification Area and looked for the place where you can check the boxes. The only one that allows me to check is Clock. Volume, Network and Power are all grayed out. I cannot check them.

I have uninstalled the updates that were done to my computer and restared, but the boxes stay the same. Anyone have an idea as to how I can get them back?


A:"Wireless Connection" icon missing in Vista

Please do this first.

TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows Vista.

Start, Programs\Accessories and right click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt.

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands:

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset IPv4 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log

Reset IPv6 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log

Reboot the machine.

Next, hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

Please respond to all the following steps.
Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?

Finally, let's see this as well.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD to open a command prompt:

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following command:

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.

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Hi all,

I hope someone can help me. I am a newbie at networking. I am trying to set up basic wireless networking in Windows XP Home Edition. I have followed instructions to set up the network. The instructions tell me to go to "Control Panel" and click on "Network Connections". Then from there it tells me to right click on the "Wireless Network Connection" icon and select "Properties".

The big problem is that I do not have a "Wireless Network Connection" icon at all (see attached). How do I get the "Wireless Network Connection" icon to appear in my "Network Connections" dialog box/window?? I have tried looking everywhere but can not find a way to activate this icon.

My computer is a Hewlett Packard home PC. I have successfully installed a 4port Netgear router and have also successfully connected a Netgear wireless "g" access point to this router. From all indication, all the hardware is working fine and I am able to connect to the internet via the router. I wonder if the Netgear wireless access point has somehow disable my "Wireless Network Connection" icon.

Sorry for the rambling but I would really appreciate any suggestions at this point. It's been frustrating.

Thank you,

A:Missing "Wireless Network Connection" icon...

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I have a NETGEAR WPN111 wireless network adapter. I honestly have no idea as to what point this happened, but here's the situation:

My "Wireless Connection" icon does not appear in the Network Connections window. In its place is something simply called "Internet Connection"; basically, my computer, for whatever reason, thinks I'm connecting to the internet through a shared connection on another computer. This is not the case.

I had Windows XP Professional SP3, but downgraded to SP2 thinking it would resolve the problem, and it did not. My wireless adapter's drivers are up to date. I connect with NETGEAR's wireless utility (although WZC is up and running just fine) because, without the icon, it's the only way I can set up my internet connection to my wireless router.

My network adapter appears fine in the Device Manager (there's no red or yellow marks on/over the icon). It says it's working without any problems.

I'd like to get this icon back, not only because I'd like to set up a static IP for this computer with my router, but I will be obtaining an XBOX360 in a few days that I will be wanting to connect through this computer, and I cannot if it already thinks it's using a shared connection on another computer.

Please help!

A:"Wireless Connection" icon missing

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Hello everyone,
There is a strange problem I am facing for quite a long time. Whenever I get connected to the internet using a dialup connection, the connection icon which used to come in the taskbar doesn't come. Also when I connect usb devices there is no device connection icon in the taskbar. The strange thing is that when I go to control panel and load "sound and audio device" and tick "place the volume icon in the taskbar", both internet connection icon and usb devices icon appear in the taskbar. Whenever I reboot the system, the volume icon disappears again, needing to re-tick the "place the volume icon in the taskbar" in the "sound and audio device". This is really annoying me. Kindly help me.

A:strange connection between volume icon and internet connection icon and usb devices

If you are having problems with your task bar, like icons not being show there when applications are running or minimized, take a look this web page and the repair program it offers. Might be worth trying.


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Hi all,
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

A:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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My hard drive went out, I purchased a new one, installed it and then I re-installed Windows 7 home premium 64bit on my Asus x53e laptop. Installation went good, but I don't have wireless connection. I went to device manager and there is yellow triangle on my network controller tab as well as PCI Simple Communications Controller and it says that I'm missing those drivers. I assume I need those drivers to connect to wireless. I've downloaded just about every driver on ASUS support site, and so far none have done the trick. I'm hoping someone can help me out.
I have the VEN and DEV code/number things for each,
network controller ven - 168C dev - 0032
pci simple communications controller ven - 8086 dev - 1C3A
if those help at all.

A:Wireless not working/missing drivers after installing new hard drive

Wireless Driver - http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/nb/...64_Z920458.zip

PCI driver - http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/nb/...4_z9201015.zip

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Last night I installed a LinkSys Wireless G Broadband w/ Speed Booster router to work with a used PC I bought from a friend that already had the proper adapter PCI card installed.

Everything appears to work just fine - expect the the hard drive is accessed every two seconds and I'm concerned that the hard drive will wear out. When I disable the wireless adapter card (going back to wired connection), the hard drive access stops - only to resume again when I re-enable the adapter.

I did not get the software CD that may have come with the adapter card when I got the used PC and so, I'm unclear if there is an installation step that might be required for the adapter. Again, the wireless connection appears to work great when enabled.

Anyone have ideas as to a setting or something that I can check to stop the repeated and frequent hard drive access?


A:Repeated Hard Drive Access w/ Wireless Connection Enabled

The hard drive will not wear out.

Since it is an old computer it might have too little RAM and it needs to access the swapfile to do background tasks. Try disabling some resident programs and see what happens. It may also be your firewall software writing logs or something similar.

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Good afternoon –

This is my first post and I thank you in advance for your assistance. I have an issue that continues to haunt my PC. I have a Window XP Home PC that includes Mcafee virus-scan. I access the internet via a DSL line which is always on. I have set the PC up so that my “Internet Connection” and “Local Area Connection” icons appear on the tray.

When I turn on my PC in the morning, it boots up and the Mcafee shield flashes on my screen. After a moment the “Local Area Connection” icon appears. If I wait another minute or so for the PC to fully boot up and then click internet explorer, nothing happens, or I get a painfully slow (2+ minutes) connection to my homepage.

If I then shut down and restart my PC 2xs, during the 3rd boot-up the “Internet Connection” icon appears and I can launch IE. Everything then runs fine & fast.

I have defragged & error checked my drive, run CCLeaner, run Registry Mechanic, upgraded from IE 6 to IE 7, and re-imaged my harddrive and reinstalled all my software. The problem remains.

Any ideas?

Thanks – Kurt Hansen

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After I updated from windows XP to windows 7 everything worked fine till I downloaded all the new drivers and when I had to reboot the notebook. I have lost all my usb ports,no sound and no network drivers on my Gateway Notebook LT20 Series . I tried several suggestion (i.e. power cycle by turning off notebook unplugging pwr cord and removing battery) still nothing.Any suggestions on getting my notebook back and running?? I can't even download drivers manually because my USB flash drive is not recognized from usb ports, Please help how I can fix this problem??????...

A:After updating to Windows 7-No internet connection + missing installed drive

See if you have a system restore point before the problem.

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Hello, I have a computer that's a couple of years old. Recently the hard drive crashed and I was given a new one. I installed that and used an older version of Windows XP (has SP1 on it.) I've been trying to connect to the internet to get updates, etc, but it won't work. I went into the command prompt and did ipconfig/all and all it says is Windows IP Configuration.

I should mention that I have DSL and the computer is connected to the modem. I do have a laptop connected wirelessly which works fine. I believe all my modem connections are good. Not sure where to go from here?

Thanks so much!

A:New hard drive and no Internet connection

After you reinstalled XP, you're now missing all the drivers not included on the XP Install disk (which includes your network driver)

1) Go to the download support site for your vendor (e.g. HP or Dell) or motherboard provider (e.g. Gigabyte). You;ll find the drivers there for download avaialbe by:
> Your specific computer model
> Which version of windows OS installed

Also, once connected to internet be sure to upgrade to SP#

For the future, See How to backup your drivers (and reinstall them later if and when needed!)

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My brother just reformatted my dads computer and installed windows xp home edition 2002 sp2.
since then he cant connect to the internet or there is limited to no connection.
its been very frustrating since we dont know too much about how to fix this. My dad has the internet
setup through a wireless connection with a linksys compact wireless g-usb adapter.
any help at all would be really appreciated.

A:re-formatted hard drive/no internet connection.

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Hello TSG Forums,

I've got quite the challenge for you guys. I've gone through two different tech support lines, three computer savvy friends, and every troubleshooting trick and tip I could scour off of the internet. All efforts have been in vain thus far. So as to not make this post too long, I'll get to the point.

I recently bought a new wireless adapter to connect to the internet with. Previously I was using an older adapter that my room mate was lending me. ( a Motorola Wireless USB Adapter WU830G to be exact.) At first when I installed the motorola it didn't work. I can't remember what I did to make it work for the life of me, but I eventually twisted my computer's arm enough that it gave in. Now it's uninstalled from my computer, along with (I hope) all the drivers and programs that were using it.

So I bought a new adapter (Belkin Wireless G Plus MIMO USB Network Adapter - F5D9050) read the instructions carefully, and made sure that it was installed just as the manual says. (Install the software, wait for the prompt, etc etc.) Everything seemed to be going smoothly until I tried to configure my connections. (Where the wireless detects all the access points, and you put in your WEP key etc.) The wireless adapter seemed to be doing nothing. The device manager showed the adapter with no problems, and no errors, but the program was stubbornly pretending that my wireless adapter didn't exist. After trying multiple USB ports, uninst... Read more

A:Missing Wireless Network Icon; Wireless Adapter Not Working!

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my OS can't detect the driver of LAN, it says "shutdown computer, then plug in realtek device". how can i find the corect driver? pls help

A:[SOLVED] Reinstalled Windows XPSP3 - No internet connection + missing installed drive

What make/model PC? If custom built post the specs.

Check Device Manager for any drivers errors and post.

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I reformatted my computer and installed windows vista home sp2.
since then he can nit connect to the internet its been very frustrating since I know very little about how to fix this. I have internet through comcast cable. I also have a router setup up for wireless connection
any help at all would be really appreciated. The device managerment shows that I am missing drivers under Other devices:

A:Format hard drive /lost internet connection

you need to install all those drivers
goto the PCs manufacturers website and all the drivers should be available to download

post the make and exact model of the PC and we can help further

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Ever since I reformatted by hard drive, my Internet connection has been a lot more sluggish than it used to be. For example, one message board I go to has added a festive animation of falling snowflakes to it. This animation didn't cause me any problems before my hard drive reformatting, but now it really slows things down, and even much plainer webpages make things move a bit sluggishly. Downloads seem to be a lot slower now as well, and often Firefox will be slower to react to something such as showing or hiding the Favorites box. Even an online multiplayer game that used to run fine before the reformatting now runs very slowly and jerkily.

I'm already using the latest version of Firefox, so I doubt that it has anything to do with this problem, and I'm don't think I'm running that many programs in the background that could slow things down. Also, since I just reinstalled my OS a few days ago and have been keeping anti-virus software on constantly, I doubt I could be infected with enough viruses to slow my Internet down so much in such a short amount of time.

I know it's a fairly ambiguous problem, but could anyone please give me some advice as to how to fix it? I'm running Windows XP SP 3, I have a wired connection and I'm using Verizon DSL.

Thanks in advance.

A:Sluggish Internet connection after hard drive reformatting

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I replaced the harddrive on my HP Pavilion DV1000 laptop. I have the original disks that came with the computer. I set bios to boot from cd. However when I turn the computer on with the xp cd in the optical drive, I just get a blank screen. I can here the cd drive start and stop. Any suggestions on what the problem may be?

A:Blank screen after replacing hard drive w/XP boot disk in CD drive

Hi , Is the hard drive you have fitted brand new, nothing on it? Or does it have an OS on it from previous PC? In the BIOS does the new drive show in the list ? And are you using a genuine MS Windows disc, or the HP recovery disc, (as supplied with a new PC?).

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I told my sister I'd help her replace the broken hard drive in her 6 year old HP laptop (G60-120US). We plan to restore the Vista OS that's on the restore disk which came with the machine.

I was concerned about finding a hard drive with the same geometry as the existing drive because I know that was a potential problem some time ago. But then I became convinced that it doesn't matter because ...

1) There's no geometry info on the hard drive currently installed in the laptop (which is a 250GB WD).
2) Sellers of laptop replacement hard drives don't say anything about the geometry of the drives they sell.
and 3) I found this, below, on an HP site but nothing about geometry considerations other then the new AF sector size.
"Customers using original HP supplied recovery discs on systems that have had the 512-byte sector drives replaced with a new Advanced Format HDD may experience issues and may not be able to re-image their system. The most common issue customers will see is that they will not be able to use their current recovery media if they try to install Windows Vista or Windows 7 on AF Drives."
I found other HP info which said only that you need to replace a laptop HD with one of equal or larger capacity.

But then I was looking at hard drives from Discount18, an Amazon seller, and their web site said that once you've replaced a HD with one of their drives you have to do a full OS install, you cannot use the restore disk. I asked about that and got this res... Read more

A:Replacing a Laptop Hard Drive. Is Drive Geometry a Potential Problem?

Sorry for tAking so long, a laptop drive is any 2.5" drive, either regular or ssd will be fine.

You will need to reinstall your OS, if you have the disks, just load from there. I believe your quote is referring to using the HP recovery disks, but your disk may be different.

Honestly, your best solution is to get a copy of vista and use your serial to install a clean copy, though you will need to get your drivers from HP.

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My Fujitsu Amilo Li1705 laptop has been reaching full capacity (80gb) for a while so I decided to get a new hard drive.

I've updated the RAM from 1gb to 2gb with no problem.

My hard drive has arrived but with no cables, instructions etc. and searching the web has proved just as unfruitful as most sites refer to external hard drives.

I don't have an external disc so was wondering if there's any way of copying everything over. I've heard of temporarily taking the CD drive out to have the two drives at once but wouldn't know where to start.

Any help/ instructions would be much appreciated.

Many thanks,


A:Replacing Fujitsu hard drive - how to copy without external drive?

Obviously you did not build a Recovery Disc originally?

You can just order a Recovery Disc from HERE

If your machine is not supported, then then sometimes the Fujitsu forum members will help, at Their Forum

That's 3 ways of getting your Recovery media. I hope it helps

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Not sure how or why but the icon that is there to show when a USB drive or device is in place is missing. How do I get it back since I am afriad to disconnect a device without stoppping it first

A:USB connection icon missing

Hello ijusth

Are you sure the icon isn`t just hidden?

If it isn`t that, try this
Start/Run and type

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll

Click OK
(be sure to put in the spaces)

Does it appear now?


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