Red X icon when connected via WiFi

When my laptop is connected to a wireless network I get an icon on the system tray with a red X like it's not connected as in the second image. Yet when I look in at "Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsNetwork and Sharing Center" it shows the correct icon as in the third image. When I turn off the WiFi the icon does not change and when I turn it back on I get the searching icon as in the first image and then it goes to the red X again but I am connected to the internet.
Have search the MS site and tried a few things like deleting the connection and reestablishing and did a few registry editing no help. Did a Google search and there was a few more things to try including registry editing to no avail. Any ideas here?

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my laptop is connected by and has suddenly started showing a red x icon indicating that i am not connected to the internet.when i click on the icon it indicates that i am connected.this has just started to happen.

I have a G Wireless Modem Router model no FD7634-4 . No problem with connecting to net via cable. But, when connected via WiFi to my Netbook .. ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM .. I am having issues.

I don't know why but after a while, it will the WiFi signal will suddenly drop and the only way to get it back again is rebooting the modem. Even repairing the connection via Windows does not help.

Furthermore, when the signal drops on my netbook, I am unable to access the ADSL Router page ( on my PC for some reason. Again, only after a reboot of the modem, it's fine.

I'm using Windows 7 home premium on my PC and Windows 7 starter on my netbook.

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I am running Windows 7 (x64) for I have that stupid RED X on my wireless connection; however, I am able to get on the internet. It's slow but I can get on. I tried everything on the web. I unistalled all my drivers, I system restore, and I did a lot of run as admin and I set have that RED X on my wireless connection in my task bar. Please, Please help me out! Thanks in advance.

An unusual situation: on the Taskbar, lower right corner, there is an icon (mini bar chart appearance) indicating whether my wireless internet is connected.
When I boot, everything seems to come up fine, but the icon ultimately has a red x over the icon.

Yet, my internet connection is fine. When I click on the icon, it says 'Not Connected' at the top of the opened window; yet my internet connection to the specific ISP shows it IS connected.

Any idea how I can get that Red X turned off ?

Thank you. Alan.

Hey guys! I just joined here and I'm having a major problem with my computer.

Two days ago I upgraded my desktop computer from Windows XP Home to Windows 7 Pro. I'm studying at University and was granted access to the OS through a website called MSDN, a place that offers free software to students in education here in the UK. I backed up all my XP files and installed the new Windows, all of which seemed to go pretty much perfectly at first.

My system works great when not connected to the Internet, however when I am connected it becomes plagued with constant freezing issues. I plug my computer into the University network via an Ethernet cable and have had no issues like this before with XP. I can also confirm it's not a network problem, as my flatmate two doors down also has Windows 7 installed with no issues what-so-ever.

When connected to the Internet, Windows Update and such seems to work fine and the majority of the time I'm able to view websites using Firefox, be it a bit slow compared to browsing the Internet on my XP based laptop (which I'm using right now to post this.) It's odd that the lock-ups seem to appear when accessing the Internet through programs like Steam and Windows Live Messenger.

It doesn't always happen straight away, but I'm pretty much 100% sure that if my Media Player begins downloading album artwork from the net or if I open more than one Firefox tab at a time, the system will crash. Everything stops working and the red loading light on the front of my system dies completely, forcing me to restart using the button on the front of the case. It's extremely annoying and it's pretty much preventing me from using my PC, everyone relies on the Internet too much these days, me included...

If this helps, my PC specs are:
OS: Windows 7 Pro
PSU: Arctic Power 500W PSU With PCI-E 2x SATA
Mobo: ASUS M3N78 PRO GeForce 8300 Socket AM2+
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9650 2.3GHz Socket AM2+
Memory: 2 x 2GB Corsair DDR2 PC26400 RAM
HDD: 1x 750GB Maxtor SATAII 7200rpm Internal Sorry to rant, any help would be much appreciated! I love the look and feel of Windows 7, I just wish these crashes would stop.

I suddenly lost my Wireless today on my Gateway laptop. I can access the router via ethernet cable and the network works perfectly however I have a Red X on the Internet Access icon on the taskbar and there are no networks detected. Adapter is on via the switch on the keyboard and the LED light is on. Device Manager says Marvell Topdog Adapter is OK.

I searched and tried various fixes but nothing works. Windows 7 Ultimate OS.

Here is the ipconfig:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Gateway-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell TOPDOG (TM) PCI-Express 802.11n Wireless (EC85)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-16-44-87-93-27
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-B8-E4-77-DC
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{273FD152-2BEB-4EF5-84AC-5FCF59F4AF13}:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

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The title says it all really. I attempt to connect to my router via wifi and after about 20 seconds I get "limited access" and it also says "unidentified network". I searched google and gone through everything but can't find a solution that works.

I am using a Compaq Presario Laptop (if that matters). I have an excellent signal to my router and for now I have disabled any security protection (I heard WIN7 can have problems with security).

Any ideas? Thanks!

Hi guys,

I recently installed Bluesoleil 8.0.356.0 on my pc and my network icon gives me a red x symbol even though I'm connected to a network or if there are networks available. I tried uninstalling and rebooting, but no luck. Anyone else have this problem? Any help would be appreciated.

I've been Googling this problem for at least 2 hours and still haven't found a solution.

I've had this problem for a while now and I didn't really mind since I still have access to the internet. However, today I was trying to access my HomeGroup but it tells me that I'm not connected to the network.

I haven't installed anything. Just one day, I turned on the laptop and there the red x was. I haven't had any problems with Windows 7 aside from Firefox crashing all the time. I think it blue screened on me two or three times too.

When I installed Windows 7 on top of XP, it seems that my audio drivers were just not found, and the audio icon appears with a big red X. I click this red X in order to see if it can solve the issue, but it does not, and returns a "hardware changes may not have been detected". Device manager shows a yellow exclamation mark for 'Audio Controller Device' and there are absolutely no drivers.

I still have the OLD XP installation as a Windows.old folder, for what it is worth. Might it contain information on said drivers? Upon further check, there is reference to some "SoundMax", but that's about all I can make out of it...

Fixes an issue in which the RSoP shows a red X on the icons for registry settings on a computer that is running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, of Windows Server 2008, of Windows 7 or of Windows Server 2008 R2.


hello !
seems like this is a pretty frequent problem, so my mom updated her laptop to windows 7 and now it wont connect to our wifi, the laptop is in range and everything looks fine, it even shows that our network is there, but it wont let it connect, theres a red 'X' beside the network name, and thats that... it says that we have the wrong settings for the network, but i checked like millions of times and everything is how it should be, any one know how to fix it?

would be greatly appreciated seeing i dont get my laptop back until i fix hers cause she took mine, oh the joys of being a teenager; who knows lots about computers. D:

anywho, im ranting again, any help would be greatly appreciated..
i'll be checking back time to time,

- Ally

I'm new to here, but for any of you who are about to read all of this, i applaud you!

I recieved my new Lenovo Z570 IdeaPad yesterday...I'll just put some of the spec down incase you want to know.
Proccessor: Intel i5 (second gen)
OS: Windows 7 64bit

Anyway, after charging it up and turning it on, i started to install programmes and other bits and bobs. e.g iTuens, Flash Player. Just the usual essentials. I used the laptop to watch videos on Youtube, genenral browing such as Facebook, so in short, the internet was working fine. Just before i went to bed that night I installed AVG Security (free version) and ran a full scan. When the scan finished, i put the Laptop into Hibernate, and went to sleep! Happy in the knowledge my new gizmo was running smoothly!

Just before i woke up i heard the Laptop turn off as it had run out of charge. So i plugged it in and charged it up, then turned it on. This is where the problem starts...

I connected via wifi however the logo at the bottom right of the screen showed the signal strength meter on empty, with a yellow star covering it. I clicked the icon, and it said, 'Not connected, connections are available' and below shows im connected with 5/5 signal strength, but on 'Limited access'.

I troubleshooted the problem, and the problems found were:

1) there might be a problem with the Driver for the Local Area Connection adapter
2)There might be a problem with the driver for the wireless Network Connection Adapter

There are 28 updates, but im unable to update them as i have no internet connection. I also cant connect via the ethernet cable.

I cant roll back the drivers as there are no previously installed ones, and i cant update them as i am already up to date.

My other laptop (Acer Aspire 5630 running on Vista) works perfectly fine using Wifi and the ethernet cable, so i honestly dont know whats wrong. After reading things on my Acer about ways to fix the problem i came to the decision to restore the laptop to the time of my first installation which was Adobe flash player (which i installed the day before.) I was unable to do a full factory reset as the only options available are to either restore to a backup, or re-install windows (which requires a disc, which i dont have). I also didnt configure a backup as i had only had the laptop a day!

I phoned up my internet provider and ran through everything, and all is fine at their end, so the only thing that it can be is the laptop.

There you have it, I'm still baffled how it can work one day and not the next... It's 2 days old!

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated


Have tried all the suggestions via the forums and nothing works. Still get the red x from people. Plus there is a website that others get the images but all 3 of our computers get the red x. 2 XP pcs and 1 windows 7. Could it be the router or modem that is blocking? We use Time Warner Cable for our internet and a router from Linksys.

So i have two wireless networks in my house. When connected to one AP windows 7 identifies the network and works fine. The issue is that the computer is used on the other side of the house and is supposed to connect tot he other network. When it does though it says unidentified network and refuses to connect to the internet. When a ethernet cable is connected to the 2nd router/ap it works great. But it refuses to work over the wifi.... ideas?

It seems to me that ie 8 is slow to close out when hitting the red "X" button,, like it just sitts their and then closes after 20 seconds or so.

The Network Connection Wizard in XP (SP 1) leads me to
believe that I can turn my XP-using computer (ThinkPad R40)
into an Internet connection sharing-host computer over a
WiFi connection. In other words, I plug the DSL modem into
the laptop, I put in my WiFi card (Asante AeroLAN
AL5410-G), I run the Wizard, and voila, the laptop becomes,
more or less, a wireless router for the Internet connection
through which I can surf the Net from my other computer (a
Powerbook, but the Mac-Windows thing isn't an issue at the
point where I'm stuck).

Well, I've run the Wizard a gazillion times and this
doesn't happen. The documentation is not at all clear as
to exactly what the Wizard is supposed to be doing when it
operates--keeping everything under the hood means that I
have no idea what *exactly* is going on under that hood so
that I can troubleshoot. I get the sense that, among other
settings changes, the Wizard is trying to bridge the WiFi
adapter to the NIC adapter--is this the case? (It never
happens.) What other settings EXACTLY is the Wizard
attempting to change anyway?

I know the WiFi card works just fine. I plug the DSL modem
into the PowerBook and turned it into an AirPort base
station using the Mac's Software Base Station software with
no problems; the ThinkPad finds that network quite readily
and, voila, I surf my connection from both computers. The
reverse, however, cannot be said. I can't get Windows XP
to turn my ThinkPad into a "Software Base Station," so to
speak, no matter how many times I tweak or try. How is
this supposed to work? EXACTLY what changes to what
settings is the Network Connection Wizard trying to make to
turn my computer into an Internet host computer? Is there
a compatibility issue with the Asante card? Should I have
a WiFi network up and running between the ThinkPad and
PowerBook FIRST before I try to run Internet Connection


An inserted .GIF image displays correctly for me under Word 2002 SP3, but shows as a red-x for another user (say "Al") also using Word 2002 on a different WinXP machine. Why? How do I avoid this problem?

Al prepared a Word .DOC file with a table. One cell contained a .JPG image (Insert->Picture->File). Al emailed it to me as an attachment. I edited it by inserting a .GIF image (Insert->Picture->File) into a different cell just before some text. The following text has a hyperlink association. My insertion used Insert, not Link or Insert and Link. The document looked fine. I emailed it back to Al. When Al opens it on his computer, the .GIF image appears as a red-x.

The .GIF is Adobe's PDF icon that is about 1KB. It is not animated or complex (I believe). Al's computer has more memory and free disk than mine. If I send the updated copy back from Al's computer to mine, it displays correctly.

Thanks for any advice,

Joe M

My Win2K SP3 client cannot keep its mapped drives connected AT ALL.
The mapped drives are connected to shares on a Linux/samba server (but this doesn't seem to be relavent, as the same thing happens when I map another win2k client drive :-( ) and they're shown with red x's ALWAYS - from the moment I map them.
This only happens on my pc - the other dozen setup the same are fine - no x's to be seen.
I tried changing the autodisconnect key in the registry as discussed in other posts - no change. This isn't a timing thing - it NEVER shows them connected!
I can use the drives freely with little actual symptoms, but sometimes when saving I get told the drive couldn't reconnect, but it works anyway.