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Acer 3810T w/ Windows 7 - Won't Show WiFi Networks

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May 12, 2011 7:48:39 AM

I have an Acer Aspire 3810T running Windows 7. I was having problems with WiFi not showing up at times and when I would do a restart the WiFi networks would show up.
I was told earlier the best way to fix this is to uninstall the WiFi drivers and then reinstall them. I uninstalled 2 drivers in Device Manager and both seemed to have to do with WiFi and I know one was Intel WiFI Link 5100 AGN.
I then did a search for hardware to reinstall the drivers and the one listed above is the one that was found but I think it's missing another one that I deleted.
Unfortunately no WiFi networks show up at all on my laptop. When I select the bars at the bottom right of the screen it's simply empty. I have shut down the system, restarted, and it appears my WiFi is on.
If I select Open Network and Sharing Center and select Set up a New Network or Connection and select Manually Connect to a New Network for example it says "An Unexpected Error Occurred" so I know something is wrong with the networking drivers.
Without WiFi the laptop is almost useless and I don't want to reinstall Windows 7 and have to set up everying again.
Does anyone have any idea of what may be wrong and how I can go about correct this issue?
Thank you for your help.
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May 12, 2011 4:39:21 PM

Why not run the recovery/repair cd that came with your laptop. It should have all the drivers you need on it.
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May 14, 2011 4:17:22 AM

I'll give that a try. I even thought of reinstalling Windows 7 but I don't want to lose all my settings/software. If I do something like a reinstall of Windows 7 or do the recovery/repair CD won't it reset everything to factory defaults?
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May 15, 2011 1:36:42 PM

No using repair will just fix what's broken, you won't lose anything. Either way you should do regular backups in case things like that happen.
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May 16, 2011 5:20:05 AM

I'll try doing a repair then. I definitely learned my lesson with backups and will be doing that in the future.
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