acer laptop cannot detect wireless network

  breadwinner 14:17 21 Sep 2012

I have acer laptop running vista up to date with all updates. Suddenly stopped seeing any wireless networks. Has internal atheros ar5007eg wireless adapter. I have updated drivers, it shows in device manager and says device is working but no wireless networks are visable. I bought a netgear n300 usb adapter as a work around and loaded drivers as per setup but then usb cannot be detected. I have tried different usb ports but still the same. Is there something in the laptop that can cause both of these problems. I thought using an external adapter would overcome this but it hasn't. Thank you

  northumbria61 15:47 21 Sep 2012

Have you checked in SERVICES to see if WLAN is turned ON? The Service may need restarting.

  breadwinner 15:51 21 Sep 2012

Yes thanks, done that

  northumbria61 15:55 21 Sep 2012

And was that the problem?

  breadwinner 15:56 21 Sep 2012

Sorry, no it was'nt, problem still there

  northumbria61 15:59 21 Sep 2012

I don't have wireless but if no adapter showing have you tried setting up a new connection?

  breadwinner 16:03 21 Sep 2012

Yes I have done that. Still will not find a network

  northumbria61 16:07 21 Sep 2012

There should be a switch normally on the front edge of the laptop - have you accidentally turned this OFF?

  breadwinner 16:13 21 Sep 2012

I cannot find a switch and there is no mention of one in the manual

  northumbria61 16:18 21 Sep 2012

Well there is normally a one on all laptops with a light to say when it is on or off. I assume you are using Windows 7 and if so have a look here enter link description here

  northumbria61 16:22 21 Sep 2012

Sorry I see you are running Vista but the principle is similar. Are you sure you have updated with the correct driver?

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