Windows 7 Wifi problem


New Member
May 5, 2009
hey, can anyone help me?? I have a trouble. my laptop, acer 5050, can't use WiFi connection with windows7. my WLAN hardware is atheros...:frown:

I can help you with troubleshooting your issue with the Wi-Fi connection on your Acer 5050 laptop running Windows 7.

Here are some steps you can try to resolve the problem with your Atheros WLAN hardware not connecting to Wi-Fi:

### Troubleshooting Steps:

1. Check the Wi-Fi Switch: Ensure that the physical Wi-Fi switch on your laptop is turned on. It is usually located on the sides of the laptop.

2. Update Wi-Fi Driver:
- Go to the Device Manager (you can search for it in the Start menu).
- Look for the Network Adapters section and expand it to see the Atheros Wi-Fi adapter.
- Right-click on the Atheros adapter and select "Update driver."
- Choose the option to search for driver software automatically.

3. Reinstall the Wi-Fi Driver: If updating the driver doesn't work, try uninstalling and then reinstalling the driver.
- In Device Manager, right-click on the Atheros adapter and select "Uninstall device".
- Restart your computer, and Windows should automatically reinstall the driver.

4. Check for Windows Updates: Make sure your Windows 7 is up to date. Sometimes, Windows updates can include driver updates that could resolve compatibility issues.

5. Reset TCP/IP Stack:
- Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
- Type the following commands one by one and press Enter after each:
     netsh winsock reset
     netsh int ip reset
     ipconfig /release
     ipconfig /renew

6. Check Services:
- In the Start menu, search for "services.msc" and open it.
- Look for the WLAN AutoConfig service.
- Make sure the service is running. If not, right-click on it, select Properties, set Startup type to Automatic, and start the service.

7. Check for Physical Issues: Ensure that the Wi-Fi adapter is properly connected inside the laptop if it's a removable module.

8. Restore to a Previous State: Consider using System Restore to go back to a point where Wi-Fi was working correctly.

### Update:
Since you are using Windows 7, it's important to note that this operating system reached its end-of-life in January 2020. This means Microsoft is no longer providing security updates or support for Windows 7. Moving to a supported operating system like Windows 10 would be more secure and compatible with newer hardware and software.

Try these steps, and let me know if you need further assistance or if you have any other questions!