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Wireless switch i have acer 5220 and the wireless switch won't turn on...can some1 help pls??

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  • cha_camiller Nov 27, 2008

    thanks for your comment.the problem is that i my network connections there isnt the wireless are connection because i never connected it wireless...pls help me

  • cha_camiller Nov 28, 2008

    thanks very much.is it the driver for xp though??i am vista :S

  • cha_camiller Nov 29, 2008

    THAT S MY PROBLEM ...I CANT FINDTHE DRIVER FOR VISTA!!:(

  • cha_camiller Dec 01, 2008

    it didnt work either...i think i m gonna destroy my laptop from frustration!:@:@

  • cha_camiller Dec 01, 2008

    i managed to connect wirelessly...thanks very much for your patience and help..i ould have never managed without you

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Although the wireless switch on your Acer does turn on/off your wireless card, you will also need to make sure that your operating system (Windows) has the wireless card enabled.

Do the following:

  1. Go to Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel)
  2. Double-click Network Connections
  3. Right-click on Wireless Network Connection / WLAN (you can tell it is disabled if the icon is greyed)
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  4. Click on "Enable" (if you see Disable, your network is already enabled)
You should check the bottom-right-hand area of your screen (in the menu bar) for your wireless icon. If this is not appearing, you'll have to go into Network Connections again and do the following:
  1. Right-click on Wireless Network Connection (your wireless network adapter)
  2. Select Properties
  3. Click the checkbox that says "Show icon in notification area when connected"
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  4. Now click on the Wireless Networks tab (at the top of this dialogue box)
  5. Scan for a network and connect to it.

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    Ahmed Raza Nov 27, 2008

    I may need some more information. It sounds like your wireless drivers are not installed. You can download your wireless driver from acer. I've also provided a direct link.

    Download the driver and unzip. Run the setup file that will appear once unzipped and follow the prompts.

    If you have your wireless driver installed, then you are probably asking how to connect to a wireless network. Home Network Help has instructions on this.


  • Ahmed Raza
    Ahmed Raza Nov 28, 2008

    Sorry, I was unaware you were on Vista -- I assumed XP.

    Please download the Vista drivers from the site. Do not use XP drivers because they may be rejected or cause problems.


  • Ahmed Raza
    Ahmed Raza Nov 30, 2008

    It appears Acer has stopped properly supporting your laptop. This means they probably won't be releasing an official Vista driver for your laptop.

    What you have to do is go to the wireless card manufacturer's website. The wireless card chip is the BCM4318 by Broadcom. Often, you can find the Vista driver released for another system by Acer (such as the 3100). You could try this link for the Vista driver.

    Give the XP driver a shot if you haven't yet.


  • Ahmed Raza
    Ahmed Raza Dec 01, 2008

    I found some drivers that are compatible for Vista 32/64-bit through a community website. They've gone through quite a bit of testing. Hopefully they will work for you.

    You'll want the BCM 43xx drivers.


  • Ahmed Raza
    Ahmed Raza Dec 01, 2008

    Glad to hear you got it going. I know how painful it can be to not have wireless drivers. Happy surfing!

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