OK, I need to know exactly how to determine if the WiFi card is working or not, and why it cannot find my wireless networks anymore.
For a few days, under Windows XP Home, I had no problems, and whenever I checked the WiFi, it told me that it was connected to my local network hub and the signal was excellent.
Today while trying to fix an errant install that was aborted in the middle, and after several shutdowns and reboots during which I used the CTRL-ALT-DEL task manager to end several tasks so Windows would shut down, I noticed that my WiFi network was down.
I've tried everything I know, and Windows seems to indicate the card is working, but says "No wireless networks were found in range". My Mac, here in my lap, is working just fine on my wireless network.
Things I tried....
* Using the Networks CP and the "Wireless Network Connection" -- that's where I get the error message
* FN-2/Wireless Icon that brings up an app to enable/disable WiFi and BT
* Enable/Disable WiFi in Broadcom 802.11g Network Adaptor Properties
* Popping the bottom cover and loosening and retightening the screws on the card
* R&R the WiFi card and cleaning the contacts as someone in another thread suggested
* Turned off all Bluetooth items, set to Manual instead of Automatic startup
* Repair Wireless Network Connection (which appears to turn off and back on, the wireless card)
No luck! What else can I try under Windows XP Home?
The only thing changed between when I know that it was working and found it wasn't, was an upgrade of memory from 1GB to 2GB, and the R&R of the SSD
to see if it would fit into a Crucial external kit (it didn't, so it went back in right away).
Any suggestion? The Broadcom NA Properties tab says the device is working properly.
I need to know if this is hardware or software before I try to install Mac OS X.