The problem was first evident when I opened the xsupplicant program and recieved the error "Unable to locate any network adapters on the system".
I followed the steps in the mailing list conversation here: https://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=26723606
Here is the output of "sc query open1x" from step one:
TYPE : 1 KERNEL_DRIVER
STATE : 4 RUNNING
(STOPPABLE, NOT_PAUSABLE, IGNORES_SHUTDOWN)
WIN32_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0)
SERVICE_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0)
CHECKPOINT : 0x0
WAIT_HINT : 0x0
I then checked for the Open1X 802.1x Protocol Layer in the device properties of my wireless card, it was not present (not present on wired either).
My machine is an Alienware M15x running Windows 7 x64 Professional.
My wireless card is Intel WiFi Link 5300 AGN using the intel drivers provided by dell at (sorry for huge URL):
attached is the trouble ticket generated by xsupplicant