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Wireless Adapter not working under Vista

I have performed a clean install of Windows Vista Business on my Acer 5044 WLMi. Everything works ok apart from the wireless adapter. The driver is loaded correctly and working however the radio button does not light up and there is no software facility to enable it. I have downloaded and installed all of the necessary vista updates from the Acer website to no avail. The wireless adapter refuses to initialise and detect any networks. Fortunately I took a back up of the XP installation and when this is restored the wireless adapter works fine. The Laptop is an Acer Aspire 5044 WLMi (Couldn't find it in your pick list!!) Any ideas?? Oblong button doesn't work and we are running xp. Didn't have to do anything before I upgraded the Belkin router.

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  • steveydog Nov 05, 2007

    Running XP successfully with my router. Cannot connect to internet on second laptop which has Vista installed.

    Can you help?

  • Arluk_3 Nov 18, 2007

    I have Vista on my HP dvd6000 laptop and tried to install the wireless adapter. It seems to install and I managed to find the Vista drivers and get them installed. My problem is that during the installation process the software monitor for the adapter did not install at all. Vista seems to pick up the adapter and I am able to use it using the existing wireless software in the system tray as long as the existing wireless adapter is disabled and the new USB LInksys one enabled. How can I get the software to install??

  • mikey99 Dec 02, 2007

    I am having same problem with an Acer 4720Z laptop running Vista Home. It will connect at a coffee shop; it will connect with a home network using the D-Link DIR-655 when attached with an Ethernet cable; it will see the same home network when the cable is wireless....but refuses to connect with it. .

  • mary sweeney-reeves Jan 09, 2008

    we have an acer 470z too and cannot connect to internet. The computer sees the router and the home networks system but it will not connect...please help

  • Anonymous Feb 13, 2008

    after I install it for my lap top Internet should work. But I can not be able to work the Internet in my lap top.

  • BRYSEB Feb 25, 2008

    i have acer 4720z ,i conect to internet and after a minute disconect.
    i try everything, but the only thing works perfect is enter to the router and change in advance the seting from G and B to only B. works perfect.



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Some device may not have Vista drivers or the drivers are still beta and they dont work always perfectly. Check which kind of wireless adapter is present on your laptop from device manager on XP. Then try downloading Vista drivers for your wireless adapter form wireless card factory website, and install them on Vista.

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