Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




327 posts

Ultimate Geek


# 214285 5-May-2017 07:54
Send private message

Wifes HP laptop. About 4 years old.  Been running fine apart from a new battery several months ago.

 

Switched on several days ago and wifi light on keyboard was orange. No connection. Dug around settings and airplane mode was active. Couldn't disable it as it said " Windows could not find Wireless Devices on this PC ".

 

Rebooted and it resolved - wifi light on keyboard went white and all appeared well until I realised it was running slow and after more digging HDD utilisation was 100%

 

Played around with it, tried some things and killed off superfetch using the cmd line and all good.  Put it aside for a weekend review.

 

She's been using it fine (wirelessly) and again this morning, turned it on..Same issues. Airplane mode active. No wireless devices found on laptop.  Rebooted and it works fine again.

 

I've also ran System File Scan and that returns all good.

 

So, does this sound like a failing wireless device in the laptop which gives me an excuse to buy a new one :)  or software related.  The HDD was also backup at 100% after reboot again, which fixed the wireless but seemed to create the HDD issue again.

 

Thanks for any advice as to what to try next. 

 


Ged


Create new topic
28363 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1776034 5-May-2017 08:35
Send private message

Do you have the latest wireless drivers installed?

 

What OS?




327 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 1776063 5-May-2017 09:46
Send private message

Hi. Thanks for the reply. Win 8.1  Haven't changed or updated any wireless drivers on it for a while but why would the driver 'randomly' be causing an issue if I haven't changed any hardware or software in the house setup etc ? 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


1408 posts

Uber Geek


  # 1776170 5-May-2017 11:58
Send private message

It will be some sort of power management issue if it is 'fixed' with a reboot as shut down and sleep since Windows 8 just put the computer into various suspend states. You will find disabling and re-enabling the network adapter in Device Manager achieves the same as restarting/rebooting.

 

 

I would review the power settings (battery, plugged in) used on the laptop and reset any custom power plans back to HP defaults.

28363 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1776412 5-May-2017 16:10
Send private message

What model laptop is it? I found airplane mode to be incredibly buggy in 8.1 after some MS updates on my Probook. Wireless driver updates fixed things.

 

 


2028 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 1777155 7-May-2017 14:21
Send private message

Might need new CMOS battery?  That item going flat overnight does weird things to PC's undecided

 

 

 

Easy to test by leaving power connected one night, and turning off the next.

 

 




327 posts

Ultimate Geek


  # 1782718 15-May-2017 18:34
Send private message

Thanks for all the replies. It's been working fine since !  Odd. I'll keep an eye on it and upcoming sales for a replacement


Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Chorus to launch Hyperfibre service
Posted 18-Nov-2019 15:00


Microsoft launches first Experience Center worldwide for Asia Pacific in Singapore
Posted 13-Nov-2019 13:08


Disney+ comes to LG Smart TVs
Posted 13-Nov-2019 12:55


Spark launches new wireless broadband "Unplan Metro"
Posted 11-Nov-2019 08:19


Malwarebytes overhauls flagship product with new UI, faster engine and lighter footprint
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:48


CarbonClick launches into Digital Marketplaces
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:42


Kordia offers Microsoft Azure Peering Service
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:41


Spark 5G live on Auckland Harbour for Emirates Team New Zealand
Posted 4-Nov-2019 17:30


BNZ and Vodafone partner to boost NZ Tech for SME
Posted 31-Oct-2019 17:14


Nokia 7.2 available in New Zealand
Posted 31-Oct-2019 16:24


2talk launches Microsoft Teams Direct Routing product
Posted 29-Oct-2019 10:35


New Breast Cancer Foundation app puts power in Kiwi women's hands
Posted 25-Oct-2019 16:13


OPPO Reno2 Series lands, alongside hybrid noise-cancelling Wireless Headphones
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:32


Waikato Data Scientists awarded $13 million from the Government
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:27


D-Link launches Wave 2 Unified Access Points
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:07



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.