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Solved: Wireless Network Adapter not working.

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  1. Aspire321

    Aspire321 Thread Starter

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    Hello.

    I have an Acer Travelmate 5520 notebook that is running Windows Vista Business.

    It was able to find and connect to a wireless network just fine. Then I put the machine into hibernation mode and now it won't connect.
    Usually I press the button on the front of the laptop to turn wireless on or off, but now the button doesn't do anything.

    In device manager, `Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter' does not show up now for some reason under `network adapters'.
    This network adapter is also absent from the device manager even if "Show Hidden Devices" is active.

    I didn't change anything so it's weird that this problem has now come up.

    I've spent the past few hours reading threads and posts online (using a different internet connection) and have not found the solution.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.
     
  2. TerryNet

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    I assume that there is nothing in Device Manager with a warning or error.

    Check in the BIOS (Setup) to see if the wireless somehow got disabled in there.

    If you can access the wireless card by removing a small cover on the bottom of the notebook remove and carefully and firmly replace the card (to fix any potential corrosion or looseness).
     
  3. Aspire321

    Aspire321 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I checked the BIOS but there isn't anything there regarding wireless or anything network related.
    And I don't know where the wireless card is in the notebook.

    The thing is I also obviously tried rebooting several times, and nothing.
    Now for some reason when I tried to resume from a hibernation, it crashed, and upon rebooting the wireless is working again.

    Very weird but glad it's working again.
     
  4. TerryNet

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    Maybe there was just some software glitch. But if it happens again check Acer's web site, as they may have a maintenance or user guide that tells you where the wireless card is. Typically it is easily accessed through one of those small covers on the bottom or is difficult to get to under the keyboard. I would not tackle the latter.
     
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