Then, like a horrible nightmare, she stopped connecting to my apartment's broadband internet. They allow connection, and once registered, you even get to browse and download. It happened when Windows 7 installed its updates on shutdown. After the restart, no interwebz! Now I think this is a driver problem, due obviously to the update process, but I've downloaded and installed drivers for both LAN and wireless. Still nothing. The LAN jack shows orange light, but no green, and I have no idea what to do. I'm new to building and Windows 7, and have a terrible fear of having to send hardware back to newegg.
-Installed "current" drivers via Gigabyte.com
-Shows orange but no green
-Wireless registers networks but "limited connectivity" while laptop 2 feet away documents this post
-Windows updates suspected culprit
-Feelings about laptop similar to feelings about copier in "office space"
-Windows 7 virgin
ANY help is greatly appreciated. I really don't want to have to tear out ALL my hair.
Being of simple mind, I like to state the obvious first just in case it works. Check in Device Manager that your network adapters aren't set in Power Management to "allow the computer to turn this device off to save power". If they are, untick, Apply and OK your way out.