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Windows 8 WiFi Help


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#1
I installed Windows 8 a few days ago and it has been working fine. now, all of the sudden, it can't detect any wifi networks to connect to when it should. The wireless adapter is listed in device manager and shows up in network settings, but will not show any available networks. I have re-installed the drivers, run them in compatibility mode, checked updates, and everything else I can think of. This is driving me crazy, so any help would be appreciated!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    MS Windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II N970 Quad Core
    Memory
    8GB

arachnaut

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Sunnyvale, CA USA

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#2
I encountered similar problems when I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 'in-place'. It migrated all my WIFI drivers, but they are not truly Windows 8 compatible I guess and there are no version available (yet) from the vendor.

For the most part the WiFi worked fine, but once in a while it didn't work. Then I did something and it worked again. I don't really know what it was that happened and I keep checking for new drivers. For the last few weeks it has been solid so I'm not worried about it any more.

A few weeks ago I went to our local Fry's store and looked for new Windows 8 WiFi adapters for USB ports to replace my 2-year-old Windows 7 model. There are none available. An on-line search and a search of the Microsoft Windows 8 compatibility center also reveal none available.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.3 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 PRO Rev 3.0
    Memory
    16 GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (4 banks 4GB DIMM DDR3 8-8-8-24 5-32-12-7 1T 1.5V)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 440
    Sound Card
    Firewire Focusrite Saffire Pro 14
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG W2353V
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 of Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS (2TB ea.);
    1 of Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 (2TB);
    1 of Hitachi Deskstar HDS722020ALA330 (2TB);
    2 of Seagate Desktop ST4000DM000-1F2168 (4TB)
    PSU
    Corsair AX850 Gold
    Case
    Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
    Cooling
    ThermalTake Silent 1156
    Keyboard
    Logitech K520
    Mouse
    Logitech M310
    Internet Speed
    7Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky
    Other Info
    Event Studio Precision 6 powered audio monitors;
    Boston Acoustics CS Sub 10 Powered Subwoofer;
    NI Kore controller;
    NI Maschine controller;
    M-Audio Axiom 61 keyboard controller; expression pedal; sustain pedal;

    ... and tons of audio software ...

    I also keep two USB 3 thumb drives (A: and B:) attached with boot recovery and security stuff that I can boot into from BIOS in case of emergency

arachnaut

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Sunnyvale, CA USA

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#3
To follow up on my last post, I looked over some of the things I did:

Originally I had the network set up as a public network, but I don't remember what I did to set that up that way.

I changed it from Public to Private, removed all references to HomeGroups and killed the HomeGroup services and removed the Homegroup from the navigation bar.

After these changes the WiFi seemed to work better.

What I find odd and disturbing is that I have not yet found a way to view the network protocols attached to the adapter.

There use to be a network property that displayed stuff like TCPIP, NetBios, etc. in Windows 7. I can't seem to get that to display anymore, but the networking 'just works'.

I've put all that stuff off until I get some real Windows 8 network drivers, then I'll investigate.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom-build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-2600K @ 4.3 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 PRO Rev 3.0
    Memory
    16 GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (4 banks 4GB DIMM DDR3 8-8-8-24 5-32-12-7 1T 1.5V)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 440
    Sound Card
    Firewire Focusrite Saffire Pro 14
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG W2353V
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 of Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS (2TB ea.);
    1 of Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 (2TB);
    1 of Hitachi Deskstar HDS722020ALA330 (2TB);
    2 of Seagate Desktop ST4000DM000-1F2168 (4TB)
    PSU
    Corsair AX850 Gold
    Case
    Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
    Cooling
    ThermalTake Silent 1156
    Keyboard
    Logitech K520
    Mouse
    Logitech M310
    Internet Speed
    7Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky
    Other Info
    Event Studio Precision 6 powered audio monitors;
    Boston Acoustics CS Sub 10 Powered Subwoofer;
    NI Kore controller;
    NI Maschine controller;
    M-Audio Axiom 61 keyboard controller; expression pedal; sustain pedal;

    ... and tons of audio software ...

    I also keep two USB 3 thumb drives (A: and B:) attached with boot recovery and security stuff that I can boot into from BIOS in case of emergency
#4
I installed Windows 8 a few days ago and it has been working fine. now, all of the sudden, it can't detect any wifi networks to connect to when it should. The wireless adapter is listed in device manager and shows up in network settings, but will not show any available networks. I have re-installed the drivers, run them in compatibility mode, checked updates, and everything else I can think of. This is driving me crazy, so any help would be appreciated!
This link might be helpful. Did you install any type of third party anti virus software?
Why can’t I find a wireless network? - Microsoft Windows Help

How to Manage Wireless Network Connections & Profiles in Windows 8 | 7 Tutorials

Did you notice this problem starting after some Windows updates?

Have you tried using system restore to fix this problem? :)

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/4692-system-restore-how-do-windows-8-a.html
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built
    CPU
    Q9650 @ 4.05 GHz
    Motherboard
    Gforce 780i SLI FTW
    Memory
    8GB Gskill DDR2 1200Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX-480
    Sound Card
    Asus D2 Xonar
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HannsG
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Gskill 120GB SSD
    PSU
    Thermal Take 1000watts
    Case
    Thermal Take Xtreme
    Cooling
    9 fans air cooled
    Keyboard
    G15 logitech
    Mouse
    G9 logitech
    Internet Speed
    50mbps
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2
#5
Luckily I don't keep many files on my laptop so I just re-installed windows and everything works fine now. Thanks for all the replies!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    MS Windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II N970 Quad Core
    Memory
    8GB

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