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Update WiFi Driver - Acer D260 (fails to connect after sleep)

D260D260 Member Posts: 7

System: Acer Aspire One D260 / CPU = Atom N450 / Wireless = Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter

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Edit: Not sure where else to post this, so here goes!

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There is 1 problem that has always bugged me about my Acer D260 WiFi driver.

 

Whenever the Netbook goes to sleep, it always fails to show wifi networks.

Even when it was brand new, no wifi connections will appear after reboot.

 

The ONLY ways to fix these problem (NOT a real solution):

 

1) Reboot - Causes problems if you have multiple apps open that need internet access. Rebooting loses things.

2) Install Windows 8 - WiFi works perfectly in Windows 8, so I don't think it is a BIOS problem.

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Things I also tried (Did NOT fix the problem):

 

 1) WiFi > full power mode/don't allow Windows to disable to save power/etc.

 2) WiFi > On/Off (Function keys)

 3) WiFi > Enable/Disable

 4) WiFi > Uninstall driver/Reinstall driver

 5) WiFi > Right-click tray connection/Troubleshoot problems (no solution found error)

 6) Bios > Updated

 7) Driver > Factory Driver from Acer site

 8) Driver > Older driver

 9) Windows > Clean installed x32 & x64 7 (separately)

10) Windows > Updated Driver from Windows Updates

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How to reproduce the problem:

 

1) Boot netbook, waiting for everything to properly load

2) Close lid

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That's it! Going to sleep kills the WiFi. Does it every time!

Bios update, Windows update, Factory drivers, Device manager/disable sleep mode for Wifi device...

Nothing fixes this problem!!!

 

What is weird, is it only seems to happen on Sleep mode.

Hibernate seems to resume & work fine.

 

Rebooting is the ONLY way to fix the problem.

That, or using Windows 8. Sleep works & resumes perfectly under Windows 8.

 

But, Windows 8 has other problems. Metro, etc. Blah! I want my WiFi to work under 7!

 

I am not sure if this is a BIOS or Driver problem.

Because, Windows 7 & Windows 8 handle sleep/hibernate modes very differently.

 

Definitely a bug that needs to be fixed!!!

 

Can't tell you how aggravating it is to never be able to close this lid, for fear of losing my work!!!

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Not sure if it is the BIOS, or Driver that needs the update, because while it does work perfectly under 8, it might or might not be the newer driver in Windows 8. It might also be, the way 8 handles sleep mode. Whichever it is, hoping for a fix!!!

 

Patiently waiting for a solution...

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Scared to go to sleep

FAQ & Answers

  • Hello,

     

    What is the date of manufacturing (Mfg date)?

    France
  • D260D260 Member Posts: 7

    Sticker inside battery compartment says:

     

    Aspire One D260-2380

    MFG Date 1005

     

    Not certain what that means, though.

    How do you decrypt that date?

     

    I am thinking it is about a 2009 model, but I am not 100% certain.

  • MFG Date:1005 means YYMM= May 2010

     

    Could you check the voltage of the CMOS battery with HWMONITOR zip version (no installation)?

    France
  • D260D260 Member Posts: 7

    Here are 2 screenshots I took.

     

    I didn't see the CMOS battery level, but I did see the system battery levels.

     

    CMOS battery should be fine, because when CMOS batteries go out, it loses the time constantly, if there is not power source to maintain the on state.

     

    This one is keeping perfect time. Whether the battery is in or out.

     

    I tried CPUID, but if you need more info, or to try/test some other program, let me know.

     

    CPUID1.png

     

    CPUID2.png

  • Have you check the voltage of the Cmos battery with a multimeter?

    France
  • D260D260 Member Posts: 7

    Haven't got a multimeter with me at the moment.

     

    But, just curious...

     

    What does the CMOS battery have to do with WiFi not working after resuming from sleep?

  • Hello,

     

    What does the CMOS battery have to do with WiFi not working after resuming from sleep?

    If the voltage of the CMOS battery is a bit low, the bios data exchanges are random. May be your issue.

    France
  • D260D260 Member Posts: 7

    That issue may affect certain systems under certain circumstances, but it cannot apply to this one.

     

    Here's why:

     

    1) WiFi resumes (properly) from hibernation. (Let laptop fall asleep with lid open)

    2) Windows 8 > Close lid, sleep, it all works great.

     

    The ONLY times I have this issue are when running Windows 7/Close lid.

     

    Any other ideas what could be wrong?

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