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Registered: ‎09-09-2008
Location: NJ, a van down by the river.
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R51e A/C says OFF, Windows says ON

Just rebuilt a R51e (1844 5gu) w/ WinXP, Sp3,  from scratch (replaced hard drive, so no Thinkpad button or CD's).



FN+F5 brings up A/C, but when I choose to turn the "radio on", it just sits there, and never powers on or if I click "Find WiFi" in A/C, and it tells me the radio is off, turn it on? Choose yes, and then it finds nothing. No error message either.


If I let "Windows manage" I am fine. (sort of, I still don't see OUR network, but it could be unrelated...maybe). With Windows,  I can see no less than 6 networks nearby. (Not cached)  Normally I wouldnt mind this minor issue, but in this case it needs to be repaired....


Items tried: All drivers and apps from this site.

BIOS, PwrMngt, Hotkey, Access Connections (v5.02), and of course the wireless driver itself. I have zero conflicts in Device Mgr, and zero missing drivers (yellow question marks). Numerous uninstalls-reinstalls. All to no avail.


Thanks !



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Re: R51e A/C says OFF, Windows says ON



AC, Wlan, Hotkey and Powermanger must be installed in following order:

Please Follow these steps carefully


 1) Uninstall the Wireless Driver from Control Panel

2) Uninstall Access Connections from Control Panel

3) Restart the system

4) Download and install Hotkey driver

5) Download and install ThinkPad Power Management driver

6) Download and install the latest Wireless Driver


Please follow these steps to install the driver

Download and extract the driver

Browse to C:\drivers\WIN\WLLANATH and click on Setup.exe to install the driver

Please note this is a critical step to fix your system


7) Download and install Access Connections 

you can either install AC 5.02 or AC 4.52 from the web 


8) restart your system

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Re: R51e A/C says OFF, Windows says ON

Admittedly I was quite skeptical of this "do it in order" install. After all, it only lends to the fact that some .dll is overwriting with another, or at least a similar scenario.


I'd like to add that after STEP 1, remove NIC driver, that STEP 3 will reinstall it automatically, so I uninstalled it twice to be sure.


Happy to say, not only did it work, but EVEN my companies network is now in the list...


Agotthelf, ser gut!!



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