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    Laptop wireless networking only works in "safe mode with networking"

    I'm tearing my hair out !
    (And there's not that much of it.)

    I have a set of laptops (used in a school classroom). They connect to the LAN via wireless .. or, at least, they used to.

    Specifically: Toshiba SP2100 with D-Link AirPlus G+ wireless PCMCIA cards.

    After trying many, many things:

    - Boot SP2100 from XP CD (SP2)
    - Don't fix any of the driver issues
    - Plug wireless card in
    - Cancel plug&play
    - Install correct driver with d/loaded Setup_v204.exe
    - WZC managing wireless connection
    - Sees wireless network (WEP) but
    - Won't connect automatically (after setup wizard)
    - Won't connect manually
    BUT ..
    - Boot into "safe mode with networking" and wireless works faultlessly

    I've got to be missing something really simple.
    Please, please can anyone tell me what it is ?

    Thanks !

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    We have had problems with the toshiba wireless before. Is Windows managing the wireless or the toshiba utility? If I recall correctly we swapped from using the Toshiba util to the windows util and that worked much more reliably. Have you tried removing all the other crap that toshiba loads up at startup in MSConfig, just leaving your antivirus.

    Regards

    Gary

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    Sounds like the wireless app causing the problem. Uninstall it they are a pain.

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    Same here we have had problems with the wireless utilities and tend to use the windows one.

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    No matter what make of laptop, we use the Windows Wireless utility. Not perfect, but it causes less headaches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JokHarle View Post

    Specifically: Toshiba SP2100 with D-Link AirPlus G+ wireless PCMCIA cards.
    If the windows utility does not fix it then I think the highlighted area in bold above is your problem

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