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Join Date: Apr 2009
08-02-2010, 10:48 PM
I'd boot off a Linux LiveCD/USB drive to test the WiFi. If it works, then your problem is software on the Windows side, not hardware.
Unfortunately, in some/many distros the Broadcom WiFi (I think that's common in the 10v) won't work without a small amount of effort. It is easy if you know what you're doing. If you don't know what you're doing, you can probably figure it out, see here for Ubuntu instructions: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...Driver/bcm43xx.
Mini 1012 | SSD | Intel 6200 Wifi | Ubuntu 11.10 64bit
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern Virginia
08-03-2010, 02:40 AM
I agree with reflex, it would be a good idea to try running Ubuntu from a USB drive before completely reinstalling. It would save you a lot of trouble if you find that it is a software problem rather than a hardware problem.
Another possible test would be to try plugging in an external wifi device to see if you can get that working (something like this, though there are lots of others out there: Newegg.com - Zonet ZEW2508 IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA/WPA2; 64/128-bit WEP; TKIP/AES). If you can get the external device working, then it would seem that the problem is your internal wifi card. If it doesn't work, then it might be a software setting blocking your computer from accessing the internet.
Finally, have you updated your anti-virus software and run a complete virus/spyware scan? There are some viruses that attempt to block your computer from accessing the internet so that your protection software can't install updates.
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