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igendreau
1 Copper

Intel 6250 Software Radio Is Off

Something very screwy with my machine.  I have a Latitude E6410, Windows 7 and an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6250 AGN wireless adapter.  The Windows 7 wireless bar shows up in the bottom right with an "X" over it. The blue LED wireless light just above the keyboard is on.  So I go to All Programs > Intel PROSet Wireless.  On my XP machine I had a utility there.  Now my only choices are WiFi Advanced Statistics, WiFi Event Viewer and WiFi Manual Diagnostics.  When I run the Diagnostics, it goes:

Hardware Test: Passed
Driver Test: Passed
Radio Test: Failed (Software radio is OFF)

I checked device manager, and my adapter is enabled. If I right click the wireless icon with the X, I can go to Troubleshoot Problems.  It searches for a moment, then brings up a windows that says "Turn on wireless capability".  So I select "Apply this fix".  Then it brings up a window saying "Troubleshooting was unable to automatically fix of the issues found and these are the detailed msgs:

Issues Found
Wireless capability is turned off: Detected
Turn on wireless capability: Failed

Tried reinstalling the drivers, but no luck.  Any ideas what I should do??

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ieee488
5 Iridium

Re: Intel 6250 Software Radio Is Off

anything in the BIOS?

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Re: Intel 6250 Software Radio Is Off

HI Igendreau,

Welcome to the Community. Please check if the Wi-Fi Catcher is enabled in the Bios. Press F2 at the Dell Logo it should take you to the Bios, move down to wireless, and check if the Wi-Fi Catcher is enabled. If disabled, enable it and make sure to save changes and exit.

Let me know if that helped.

Thank you

Royan

Mini4x
2 Bronze

Re: Intel 6250 Software Radio Is Off

Having same issue.  but..

the E6410 doesn't HAVE 'wifi-catcher' anymore.  Only the D series notebooks had this feature.

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navsport
1 Copper

Re: Intel 6250 Software Radio Is Off

On windows 7 Go to control panel / hardware and sound / Windows Mobility Center you will be able to turn the antenna on from there.

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jaytunechova
1 Copper

Re: Intel 6250 Software Radio Is Off

thanks NAV SPORT, your comment realy helped me and now i am ALL GOOD.

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jabellas
1 Copper

RE: Intel 6250 Software Radio Is Off

Thank you NAVSPORT, I never knew that setting was there.  Saved me a ton of troubleshooting time.  

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