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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??

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  • aikido0_0 Sep 21, 2007

    Yes I am referring to the light on the front of the notebook. As far as I can see there isn't a slider switch. Never had to do anything in XP as it just worked without a problem. Any Ideas??

  • nikolasss Nov 04, 2007

    i press on the easy launch button but it does not work . any other ideas to get connected wirelessly ?

  • sinequanon Jan 20, 2008

    I have the same problem. My laptop is Acer Travelmate 291LMI and as you have described under vista the wireless adapter does not initialize at all although it work just fine under XP. Please help, if anybody found a work around.

  • sundae675 Jan 07, 2009

    I have an issue with the wireless on an acer 3050 not being enabled. However My issues is actually that the slider button is broken and will not enable the device. are there any keyboard shortcuts or in the bios settings?

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    I have a similiar problem with my Vista notebook it worked fine and then it didnt it says that my wireless card is turned shouldnt be I think this is a Vista issue I did a retore to factory and it worked again for a week then updates came out and well now im connected via Cat 5



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Posted on Nov 05, 2007



Just come across this, I have an Acer 5633 and my built in Intel/Pro wireless adaptor is not working has all the latest drivers!

Does this appear to be a common problem with Acers built in adaptor or Vista?

Posted on Oct 24, 2007



Yes there is an oblong button. Under XP the button lights up and the wireless adapter works fine. Under Vista the button does not light up and the wireless network does not work. Have tried pressing the button but nothing. The wireless adapter is present and according to device manager is working however when I try to activate a windows help box pops up and tells me I need to turn on the wireless adapter by pressing the button on the front of the computer. Doesn't work whatever I try but it works fine under XP

Posted on Sep 22, 2007

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When you say the radio button does not light up, are you refering to the light on the front of the notebook?, if so you can turn the wireless on and off by the little slider switch next to the light.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007

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    andrew pester Sep 21, 2007

    its either a slide switch or a oblong button

    it will say on screen wireless device enabled/dissabled


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Is the radio turned off? There should be a button or Fn button combination that allows you to turn your radio on and off. Try that.

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