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Can't turn on wifi

My new "wireless" modem only works with my aspire 3002 laptop when connected via the ethernet cable. I've checked with the supplier and it's fine on their side. My laptop says wifi compliant but when I try to turn on the clear button it says no device. Help!

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Re: Can't turn on wifi

That model does not have a wireless card, it just has the aierals inside the unit just incase you wanted to fit one. they are easy to fit and really cheap off ebay :-)

Posted on Oct 11, 2007

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Re: Can't turn on wifi

You should have ACER Empower installed, so check that the wireless adapter is enabled, or press F2 on start up and look in the bios for the onboard wireless adapter and see if its enabled. If non of the above make any difference look in control panel>system>device manager>hardwre tab and look down the list for an exclamation mark, if you find one then the driver for the wireless is not installed, hence showing no device. If that does not work either then there is a possibilty that the wireless card is faulty.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007

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In some cases, it's easy to reset the password or turn the security on and off by connecting directly to the router with an Ethernet cable and typing the fixed IP address for the router into your browser.

Connecting directly by cable to the router is an important troubleshooting step for wireless connectivity even if you don't have a password problem. If you can't connect to the Internet even after plugging directly into the router, neither the wireless adapter in your laptop nor the wireless transceiver in the router are at fault.

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