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ELR
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Registered: ‎02-29-2012
Location: jacksonville, fl
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U330 wireless not showing up in device manager after reinstalling OS

hi,

 

my wireless doesn't work anymore. I've made sure the switch is on, and have pressed fn+F5. I've installed the drivers from here: http://consumersupport.lenovo.com/us/en/DriversDownloads/drivers_show_279.html

 

i've tried to search for new hardware, deleted all the hardware that wasn't installed correctly and rebooted. I also rebooted and pressed f2 to get to set up and checked under advanced that wireless was enabled.

 

For some reason my computer doesn't know that my wireless card exists.

 

what next? any suggestions? wireless card worked fine before restore so my guess is it's not a hardware problem, though truth be told i don't know how to check the hardware so i have no real way of knowing if that is it.

 

thank you!

 

oh - my OS is Vista 32 bit.

Retired Guru
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Registered: ‎07-13-2009
Location: USA
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Message 2 of 4

Re: U330 wireless not showing up in device manager after reinstalling OS

Was the reinstall a Restore, or installed from a Windows disk?

Some things to check, if you have not already.

Is the wlan driver installed? Look in Uninstall a Program
section of Control panel for the Intel driver.

Does the driver install in a "two step process"?
Some older drivers extract to a folder on your hard drive,
usually C:\drivers\* and then you must run the Setup
file from there.

The way to check if it is hardware is install a different card,
not always a simple thing to do if you don't have spare cards
laying around!
ELR
Paper Tape
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Message 3 of 4

Re: U330 wireless not showing up in device manager after reinstalling OS

Thank you for the suggestions, I will try them when I get home from work!

 

It was a reinstall from a windows disk - the one that came with the computer.

 

Sadly, I don't have any wireless cards hanging around... and this one came with the computer, I'd have to take it apart to switch it out I think.

 

Reading around I've seen that there are DOS boot disks that do diagnostics that can tell you if your wireless hardware is kaput but I haven't seen any for ideapad/Vista so I'm not sure if they exist.

Retired Guru
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Location: USA
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Re: U330 wireless not showing up in device manager after reinstalling OS

Well, I often boot a linux Mint disk to check hardware.

No guarantee your wlan would be detected properly, though,
even if it was working right.

I imagine someone will suggest a good alternative.?
And if I think of one, I will post.

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