Hey there guys, looking for a little bit of help on a wireless network adapter problem.
On 24 Mar, I was connected to the internet prior to leaving for work. As always, I had not shut down my computer. When I came home, my laptop was disconnected from the internet and will not connect to any wireless networks. I have tried connecting to four different open wireless networks, and none of them will connect even though I have 4-5 bars. I live in a dormitory, so the only available internet connections for me are wireless, public networks. I have also successfully connected to the networks with a friends laptop (similar model to mine), my cellphone and my kindle. If I run the network troubleshooter after it resets the wireless adapter I get the message "Problem with wireless adapter or access point" Not fixed and an 'X' in a red circle.
So far here is what I have tried to resolve the issue (in no particular order, though all steps have been attempted multiple times):
1) Disable and re-enable the Wireless Adapter
2) Updated drivers
3) Uninstalled the Wireless adapter, deleted the previous drivers, rebooted the computer and installed the Wireless Adapter with the new drivers.
4) Flushed the DNS
5) Released the IP
6) Used both the fix-it tool and manual methods of resetting the TCP/IP protocols to the default.
7) Verified the TCP/IPv4 settings are correctly configured for the network (Obtain IP and DNS automatically)
8) Followed the steps listed on the various Microsoft help pages such as "Why can't I connect to the internet," "How do i fix network adapter problems" and another similarly titled section that I cannot remember the name of.
9) Uninstalled my Anti-virus and Anti-malware programs
10) Turned my laptop off and left it alone overnight
11) Attempted to restore the system to my 2 most recent recovery points (1 week and 2 weeks ago) both of which failed due to an error that I can track down if necessary.
I can successfully connect to the internet if I use my cell phone as a tether (connected to the same wireless networks) and using the integrated bluetooth as a bridge.
I use a Asus G74SX. It comes installed with an Atheros AR90002WB-1NG and also own a Belkin F5D08055 both of which have the same issue. The Belkin is a USB wireless adapter, and works on my friends laptop just fine.
I hope this gives you enough information, I am at a complete loss on what to do. I did contact ASUS, whose tech recommend that I wipe the hard drive and reinstall windows... something I would like to avoid if possible