Can't connect to my wifi network.

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BCB274

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Not sure if this the right place to ask but I need some help.

Okay for some reason I am unable to connect to my wifi network. It was working fine Monday morning before I left for work, but when I came back I got a message saying cannot connect. Everyone else's laptops and tablets are working just fine. It is just my laptop. I've been trying to fix it for the past few days but I've gotten nowhere. I tried everything I know to do.
I tried:
Trouble shooting.
Resetting & unplugging the router.
Bringing back my laptop to an earlier date.
Checked & changed the wifi name & password.
I tried upgrading to windows 10 though I went back to 7 when it didn't work.
I even reset my laptop to its factory settings.

When I trouble shoot I get the following messages:
Cannot connect
Try unplugging the router for 10 seconds and try again
Cannot connect to hidden network (it's not hidden, I been to the little router modem page for it and it says it is not my laptop just thinks it is. Plus I can see it in my connection network list.)

My laptop runs fine for the most part and it can connect via cable, but I have to stay in the kitchen which is inconvenient for everyone. My laptop is quite old though at least 5 or 6 years. Might I need to buy a new one? I'd rather not if I can avoid it since like I said for the most part my laptop works fine.
 

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Might I need to buy a new one?
Only if you are looking for an excuse to buy new. :) Last time I checked a USB wireless adapter is less expensive than a laptop.

Make sure you have the latest wireless driver (from the PC manufacturer's web site). Disable encryption on the router and try to connect. If successful then re-enable encryption and try to reconnect. Please tell us the results.
 
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If you are looking for a cheaper method an Ethernet cable may work or if where you are using your laptop isn't close to the router, try a power line adapter, you can pick one up off amazon for around £20 amd up
 

BCB274

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Only if you are looking for an excuse to buy new. :) Last time I checked a USB wireless adapter is less expensive than a laptop.

Make sure you have the latest wireless driver (from the PC manufacturer's web site). Disable encryption on the router and try to connect. If successful then re-enable encryption and try to reconnect. Please tell us the results.
Well I tried what you suggested. Unfortunately it didn't work. Thanks for the suggestion though. It said something is wrong with my wireless adapter so I guess I'll look into buying a USB one like you said hopefully that'll fix the problem.
 

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Can't tell for sure, of course, but with all the trouble shooting that you have done I believe that the adapter has become defective.
 

BCB274

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Can't tell for sure, of course, but with all the trouble shooting that you have done I believe that the adapter has become defective.
Yeah most likely. Now I can't even see the possible networks I could connect too. I plan to place an order for one tonight. Hopefully that'll fix things. Until then I'm just stuck in the kitchen connecting via cable. If this fixes my problem I will let you know :)
 

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Hey just stopping by to inform everyone that I got my usb adapter thing earlier this month and I'm back up and running. Thanks again for your help :)
 
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