My WiFi died after installing a USB Hub

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My WiFi died after installing a USB Hub

Post by Aguiluz » Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:13 pm

I've been using a legit Windows 7 Ultimate for my laptop for a few months now. So far, no problems. Then I decided to buy a USB hub. I plugged the usb hub on one of the laptop's ports, and plugged in a keyboard and a mouse and I also plugged in the power adaptor of the hub. It worked.

Then, I tested if the hub will work if the power adaptor removed. Yes, I've heard of stories of burnt out USB ports using unpowered hubs, but then again, it's just a keyboard and mouse and the hub itself driving a tiny green LED. "It's only a KB and Mouse, how much power can these things suck up?" Well, I yanked the power adaptor and it still worked.

Since I rarely turn my laptop off, I left it like that overnight, then I left it for the whole day, and I come home at 9PM and the hub, keyboard and mouse were still working. The internet connection, however, was dead.

So I tried a "repair" then a reboot, then I checked the Device Manager. The Wifi card is still there, but it simply doesn't recieve or detect any access points.

Any help? I'm browsing on my PS3 by the way.
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Re: My WiFi died after installing a USB Hub

Post by bicostp » Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:35 pm

Check the network manager to see if your WiFi adapter is disabled.

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Re: My WiFi died after installing a USB Hub

Post by Aguiluz » Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:26 am

It's enabled for sure.

I tried a system restore, and it somehow failed because of a locked file. Still no internet access.
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Re: My WiFi died after installing a USB Hub

Post by Aguiluz » Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:58 am

For any person having this problem, I would suggest booting a Linux distro and scanning for APs then booting back to windows. That's how mines worked again.
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