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T430s Wifi issue after reinstalling Windows

2018-01-16, 14:41 PM

Hi everyone,

I've a T430s for more than a year now (second hand). Everything was fine until my suddently HDD died last week because of bad sector, after putting the laptop on hibernation for the night.

I've bought a SSHD to replace my HDD and asked a friend who is quite good at computing to reinstall windows 7 on it. Everything works exept the wifi, the laptop is not able to catch wifi signal ... (but internet works with an ethernet cable).

Installing Lenovo drivers from the support website did not fixed the issue.

Any idea about how to fix it or about the source of the problem?

 

Thanks !!

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Re: T430s Wifi issue after reinstalling Windows

2018-01-16, 14:58 PM

Welcome to the forum!

 

The site has three different drivers, is your friend sure she/he installed the correct one? I guess you're using a 64bits Win7, right?

 

Eventually ask her/him to check the device-id of the wifi card from the Device Manager.

 

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Re: T430s Wifi issue after reinstalling Windows

2018-01-16, 16:30 PM

I think he has installed a 32 bits Win7 on it, but that it was a 64bit formerly (he said that not important regarding the issue onf the wifi).
You think this is purely a software issue ?

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2018-01-16, 19:14 PM

Difficult to say from the distance, could be a wrong driver or a defective hardware...

 

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2018-01-16, 21:58 PM

Maybe WIFI module is disabled by software? Try to use FN+F5 and check if it's enabled.

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2018-01-17, 0:03 AM

I'll try what you guys mention once i'll have my laptop back tomorrow. Thanks for helping, i will come back to you with the full specs ect. as soon as possible :) 

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Re: T430s Wifi issue after reinstalling Windows

2018-01-17, 1:59 AM

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Maybe WIFI module is disabled by software? Try to use FN+F5 and check if it's enabled.


There is also a physical switch near the front of the right side of the unit that turns wireless on/off. That could have been accidentally moved when the HDD was replaced.


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Re: T430s Wifi issue after reinstalling Windows

2018-01-17, 21:29 PM

Good evening,

I've just got back my laptop and here is what i can find in the devices section :
(sorry it's in french, i was not able to turn it in english)

When i click on 'update the driver automaticaly' it says that no driver was found by windows ...

 

BTW i've tried the fn+F5 and the physical button to turn the wifi on and nothing happens.

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Re: T430s Wifi issue after reinstalling Windows

2018-01-17, 21:33 PM

If you have an access to LAN connection, download Lenovo System Update application and check, if you missing any application or driver:

https://support.lenovo.com/uu/en/downloads/ds012808

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Re: T430s Wifi issue after reinstalling Windows

2018-01-18, 0:22 AM

I went to this page --> https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/fr/fr/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-t-series-laptops/thinkpad-t430s/downloads

 

The driver auto installer worked fine but i had to download and install the Intel Wireless LAN driver manually as it was going around in circles

thx for helping !

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