Suppress "Wireless Network Unavailable" Message

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Thomas M., Apr 4, 2008.

  1. Thomas M.

    Thomas M. Guest

    XP SP2

    The wireless network icon in my System tray periodically pops up the
    "Wireless network unavailable" message. I know that the wireless network is
    unavailable because I have integrated wireless radio turned off. I'd like
    to have that message suppressed. Thus far, I've tried each of the following
    with a reboot after each change:

    1) Disabled the "Connect when this network is in range" option in the
    connection properties, thinking that was causing the computer to look for
    the wireless network (to determine whether it is in range or not).

    2) Cleared the "Notify me when this connection has limited or no
    connectivity" option.

    3) I found the wireless network connection settings in the registry, did
    some Googling on those settings, and found that setting the
    IpCheckingEnabled value to zero might fix the problem, but that value is
    already set to zero for my connection.

    I am still getting the message balloon. It looks like disabling the
    connection will do the trick, but I'd prefer to keep it enabled if possible
    so that I don't need to go through the extra step of re-enabling it each
    time I want to connect wirelessly.

    Short of disabling the wireless connection, is there any way to suppress the
    "Wireless network unavailable" message?

    Thomas M., Apr 4, 2008
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  2. Thomas M.

    Thomas M. Guest

    There is one more thing that I forgot to mention. I also tried turning off
    the System Tray notification by going into Customize Notifications and
    selecting the "Always hide" option for the wireless connection icon.
    However, if I connect to the wireless network that icons gets displayed in
    the System Tray again, and after doing a reboot I end up right back where I
    started--with the "Wireless network unavailable" message popping up
    periodically. In fact, if I go back into the Customize Notifications dialog
    box I see that the behavior for the wireless connection icon has been set
    back to it's original value of "Hide when inactive," which by the way does
    not seem to *actually* hide the icon when the connection is inactive.

    Thomas M., Apr 4, 2008
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  3. Robert L. \(MS-MVP\), Apr 5, 2008
  4. Thomas M.

    Thomas M. Guest

    Thomas M., Apr 7, 2008
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