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Why has wireless adapter stop working?

By vineet.sheoran ·
Hi,

Around 1 month ago wireless stopped working on my personal laptop, the wireless link light at the front of the laptop is off and will not turn on. I am using a Lenovo SL500 (Intel Core 2 Duo) and running Vista Home Premium (32 bit) with Webroot Spy Sweeper (with AntiVirus) version 7.0.11.21 with Windows firewall turned on. My work laptop and X10i phone are able to connect via WiFi fine so I know it is not a problem with the dsl router.

Under Control Panel -> Device Manager -> Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 5100 device status shows up as 'The device is working properly'.

I have tried updating the driver and I get a message saying it is already up to date. I have also tried disabling/enabling and restarting the PC without success. The driver version is 12.0.0.75. Haven't been brave enough to uninstall and re-install.

I have also tried running 'sfc/scannow from the command line but get the following error message "You must be an administrator running a console session in order to use the sfc utility.". I am logged on as administrator when I run this command.

Can anyone please assist in getting this resolved?

Thanks,
Vineet

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Under Control Panel....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Why has wireless adapter ...

Do the same as you had done:
"Under Control Panel -> Device Manager -> Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 5100 device"

Now right click on "Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 5100 device" and select "Delete" and then reboot your computer. When your computer comes back on it will reinstall the driver to this device and should make it workable again.
Post back if you have anymore problems. :)

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Why has wireless adapter stop working?

by sgo7 In reply to Why has wireless adapter ...

On my laptop pressing FN+F8 will toggle the wireless off/on. There is also a switch that does the same thing. You might want to check that.

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As to the Admin account thing,

by seanferd In reply to Why has wireless adapter ...

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/will-the-real-windows-vista-administrator-account-please-stand-up/460

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by vineet.sheoran In reply to As to the Admin account t ...
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Problem solved

by vineet.sheoran In reply to Why has wireless adapter ...

Thanks for all the posts. Ultimately found the answer. Under 'Control Panel -> Mobile PC -> Adjust commonly used mobility settings' wireless network was turned off.

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