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    Home Forums Networking – routers, firewalls, network configuration I can’t turn wifi on in Win10

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    This topic contains 10 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  mn– 1 week, 3 days ago.

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    • #2013755 Reply

      Acka
      AskWoody Plus

      I bought a 2nd hand ASUS laptop with Windows 10 Pro installed on an SSD. I then connected to my network at home and downloaded some useful software with the intent of giving it away in Uganda.

      Now I am in Uganda and I find that the wifi won’t turn on. In settings wifi, i slide the wifi to on then go and check for available networks. The little box that pops at the bottom right of the screen tells me wifi is still turned off and clicking on the wifi settings icon next to the flight mode icon doesn’t seem to have any useful effect.

      I can’t give it away if the wifi is not working. I can’t believe I am the first with this problem but I cannot see any relevant topics.

      Any ideas? I have changed the power management settings so that the laptop can’t turn wifi off to save power. This didn’t help get my wifi back on.

    • #2013780 Reply

      EP
      AskWoody_MVP

      what is the model number of that Asus laptop?

    • #2013784 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      I then connected to my network at home and downloaded some useful software

      Connected using Lan or wi-fi ?

    • #2013935 Reply

      Acka
      AskWoody Plus

      Hi. The model is N53S, manufactured in 2011 and originally shipped with Windows 7.

      I am pretty sure I connected using wifi, even though I know it would have been quicker using the ethernet port. The laptop does show the home wireless network I use in its history.

      • #2013980 Reply

        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Does it have a physical wifi on/off switch?

        cheers, Paul

      • #2014034 Reply

        PKCano
        Da Boss

        Check the wifi configuration. Perhaps it is not set to support the type of encryption that is used (WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc) or some other setting in your current location.

    • #2014084 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      In settings wifi, i slide the wifi to on then go and check for available networks. The little box that pops at the bottom right of the screen tells me wifi is still turned off and clicking on the wifi settings icon next to the flight mode icon doesn’t seem to have any useful effect.

      Check the wireless switch on the right-hand side hasn’t been moved to the OFF position by sliding out of laptop case.

      From the ASUS N53S manual:

      asus-right-side

      I’ve had this happen several times with similar laptops.

      Hope this helps…

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    • #2014113 Reply

      Acka
      AskWoody Plus

      Hi everyone. Yes, it does have a wifi switch. I have never heard of such a thing before. And yes it had been accidentally turned off. So a huge thank you to Paul and Rick for drawing my attention to this fact.  I am so happy and the laptop now has a new home.

      • #2014216 Reply

        ScotchJohn
        AskWoody Plus

        Been there, done that, it’s so humiliating when someone points it out, as Rick and Paul did!

        Dell E5570 Latitude, Intel Core i5 6440@2.60 GHz, 8.00 GB - Win 10 Pro

    • #2014416 Reply

      Rick Corbett
      AskWoody_MVP

      Been there, done that, it’s so humiliating when someone points it out, as Rick and Paul did!

      It’s just one of those (many, many) things that I’ve learned from prior experience, including a 160-mile round trip to fix something that I now know happens frequently. You just have to learn to laugh about it, even though ‘experience’ sometimes comes at a cost. 🙂

    • #2014540 Reply

      mn–
      AskWoody Lounger

      Oh well. Then there are the times when that physical wifi switch has a hardware failure of the kind where it becomes unreliable, as in internal state doesn’t always match what it looks like from the outside…

      That one was annoying to deal with.

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