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I've got a Windows 7 laptop, I've reinstalled drivers and everything. I get the wireless device to show but I do not see ANY wireless connections to connect too. I've ran a linux Live CD and could connect just fine. Ideas?

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Did it ever work? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 16 '12 at 23:00
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If you are sure that the driver is correct, this is probably caused by a disabled radio switch (might be a keyboard shortcut) or missing "hotkey" software that checks this switch and reports it to the wifi adapter.

Check if there is such hotkey software for your laptop and install it. Then try to enable the radio switch.

In response to your comments:

If the radio switch seems to work and there are still no SSIDs listed (and there is at least one access point in reach that is broadcasting it's SSID) check for updated drivers. Realtek drivers are available on

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Thanks, didn't think of that. Could this also be found under the settings/properties in the device manager? EDIT: Looked and couldn't find a setting. Also tried hotkeys on keyboard. – Rachel Nark May 16 '12 at 21:32
Yes, I have seen options to enable radio there at least on Intel adapters. But if you also have such an option it is probably independent of the mentioned radio switch and both must be enabled to get it working. I would also assume an option in the properties dialog would be enabled by default. – Gurken Papst May 16 '12 at 21:38
Was there any response on using the hotkeys/keyboard shortcuts? Usually there is some kind of on screen message to see the current status. Do other shortcuts work as expected (volume, brightness, external display, ...) – Gurken Papst May 16 '12 at 21:42
This is a Realtek adapter from what I can tell. There also was no radio options like I've seen with other devices. ;/ Yep, keys and everything work fine. ;/ – Rachel Nark May 16 '12 at 21:48
So there is some feedback on screen or by a LED when you toggle the radio switch? Or just when changing other things like volume? – Gurken Papst May 16 '12 at 22:39

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