ThinkPad T42 wireless connection problem
November 30, 2009 5:40 PM Subscribe
Windows XP Home network connection issues.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey to computers & internet (6 answers total)
My son's girlfriend has an IBM ThinkPad T42. In the last couple of days its network connectivity has gone haywire. It has an Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG adapter and an Intel Pro/1000MT wired connection, and the laptop is running XP Home, Service Pack 3. Here's what it does:
As soon as I enable the wireless adapter and connect to a network (either secured or unsecured) the connection bounces from disconnected to connected and back again, over and over ad infinitum.
I can't enable the wired adapter at all (it just stays disabled while the "Local Area Connection - Enabling" message shows, after which it disappears with the connection still disabled), which is what makes me think this is a software problem rather than a hardware problem. I have tried all of the following (not necessarily in this order):
1) reset the TCP/IP stack ("netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt")
2) Uninstalled and reinstalled TCP/IP
3) removed and reinstalled the network adapter drivers
4) system restore to earlier restore point
5) installed a PCMCIA wireless card (same result - connected/disconnected over and over)
6) run Malwarebytes (no malware detected)
At this point I am ready to throw in the towel and reinstall Windows unless someone has any better ideas. I don't really mind doing this, but it always irritates me to resort to a reinstall when it seems like there really should be a simpler fix.