On 8/12/2011 6:40 PM, Frederick wrote:
> Yes, it is me again. New thread.
> I have gotten nowhere. Since I cannot get either of my two wireless
> adapters to work - I am forced to try to buy a replacement for one of
> them. I have to wonder - is it worth it?
> I ask - has anyone out there had an Inspiron 8500 laptop actually
> work wirelessly? I ask because of all the threads out there on the
> subject, plus the fact that my adapters seem to be installed& driven
> correctly - it is just that they will not connect.
> If someone has their 8500 working, please be kind enough to tell me
> the hardware modules and drivers you actually use or are using. Maybe
> if I buy similar, I will get this laptop to behave.
> Or maybe this is a hardware fault one can blame on DELL?
> I'll remember you in my will. All 5 cents worth.
> Your frustrated pseudo-geek.
> Big Fred
Fred, try downloading the freeware program Inssider2 which can be found at: http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/
It uses just the radio part of a wireless card to look around and does
not care about possible security issues like bad passwords or
non-matching security protocols. It just looks around and reports what
it sees using a nice graphical interface. It recognizes a wider range
of wireless cards than the other programs of it's type that I have tried.
See if that program recognizes your card and shows the router and/or
other transmitters in the area.
The other option would be to take your laptop to a major electronics
store and have them show you how their card(s) work inside your laptop.
If their sales staff or repair department won't demo their card on
your machine then they are not worth the bother for future purchases.