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My Acer lap-top has stopped picking up wi-fi - can you help?

by Aksugg / November 24, 2012 9:13 PM PST

My Acer lap-top (Aspire One D270, OS Windows 7 Starter) has stopped connecting to our wi-fi after working fine for about the last 4 months. It can't locate any networks (though my smartphone picks up the connection fine). Any help hugely appreciated!!

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Re: no wireless
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 24, 2012 9:33 PM PST

I can't tell about this particular model, but in general the options are:
1. The hardware is kaput.
2. There is some problem with the drivers (look in Device Manager) or a necessary helper program
3. You switched wireless off (the socalled 'airplane mode', because wireless should be turned of in airplanes). That's either a physical switch or some software, usually Fn + a function key

On most laptops, there's a small LED showing if wireless is on or off. Does yours have one? What does it show?


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Airplane mode off but wifi still not working
by Aksugg / November 24, 2012 11:56 PM PST
In reply to: Re: no wireless

Hi Kees, thanks for such a quick response. I tried the Fn key and you're right, it wi-fi wasn't on there; however, now that it is (and I've rebooted) its still not working. There light you mention for wi-fi isn't on, and at Device Manager there is a series of yellow exclamation marks beside all the Network Adapters (for example Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter or Wan Miniport SSTP). When I click on the options here a pop-up says "Device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. Code 31."
What do you think? Thanks again!

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Re: driver
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 25, 2012 5:10 AM PST
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Still not working...
by Aksugg / November 26, 2012 1:14 AM PST
In reply to: Re: driver

Thanks again Kees, tried quite a few of those remedies and none managed to do the trick unfortunately. It seems my last resort is to download windows update but I can't get online to do it! Might be take it to a shop time. Thanks a lot for all your help!

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