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    Lenovo Edge11: Wireless simply stopped working

    My Lenovo Edge11 is a fantastic little laptop. Does all I need as a travel machine.

    Just recently, the wireless has packed up. I don't normally fret too much, because when I am out of town, I use the built in Gobi3G modem, and in the office I use a LAN cable. But........... I am soon travelling through Europe, which means cellular roaming or indistinct 3G connectivity. No LAN points....... so I need wireless.

    There is no wireless adapter showing up under Device Manager. My guess is the wireless module has died - is this a possibility? should I try to get a new mini card and insert it? The wireless part is an Intel Model 112BNHMW Wireless-N 1000 card. Searching e-bay and Amazon, its cheap in the USA but the shipping will cost even more to South Africa........!

    Any suggestions?

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    OK - now I am really confused..........

    Bluetooth and Wireless are supposed to be activated by the same card (they are turned on or off together). How come I have Bluetooth, but no wireless?

    In DEvice Manager, there is a Bluetooth network adapter, and the ethernet adapter, but still no wireless

    Is there somewhere in the system that turns the wireless function off? I have looked through teh BIOS, and the wireless function is turned ON!
    Last edited by Photorer; 2013-10-24 at 07:10.

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    In Device Manager, all network adapters should be listed under Network adapters. There should be at least two: one for wired (ethernet) and one for wireless.

    One of mine has "Gigabit" as part of its name, and the other has "Advanced-N" as part of the name. Without digging any deeper than that, I would say that the "Gigabit" one is the wired one, and the "Advanced-N" one is the wireless one.

    If you don't find your wireless adapter listed under Network Adapters in Device manager, perhaps there is a hardware problem with the adapter.

    I would start by making sure that any wireless switch is turned on (sometimes there will be a switch for turning it on or off), and then reinstalling the driver.

    If that doesn't fix it, then the cheapest and easiest thing to do would be to get a USB wifi adapter, and plug it in as needed.

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    I would start by making sure that any wireless switch is turned on (sometimes there will be a switch for turning it on or off)
    Had me confused for hours. LOL Yes there should very well be a switch, at least on my Lenovo laptop.
    I had accidentally switched wifi off while carrying the machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    Had me confused for hours. LOL Yes there should very well be a switch, at least on my Lenovo laptop.
    I had accidentally switched wifi off while carrying the machine.
    It took me a while to figure out which way was on and which way was off. (When it shows red, it is off, the opposite of what you would think.)

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    Cool

    Some times it is activated via a function key such as FN+wireless mast symbol (F2).

    But as the OP has not replied for 3 days maybe he resolved it himself.
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    Is the wireless adapter turned on?
    -Yes it is - checked the BIOS, and it is enabled.
    -Function is available (software on/off) using Fn + F9, as well as the management software from Lenovo.
    No luck....

    So, here's the latest installment in the saga:

    Found new drivers for the Wireless card, and installed them successfully. When the installation finished, I get a report: "There is no Wireless Hardware Installed"

    This would make me believe that there is a problem with the card, and I will now see if I can replace it with a new one. Wait for the next installment.......
    Last edited by Photorer; 2013-11-06 at 02:07.

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