I got this laptop a couple of years ago, and after a while I noticed that the wifi and bluetooth doesn't work on some boots. After some searching I found that other people have the same issue with this. The suggested "solution" was rebooting and hitting Fn+F3 (enable/disable WiFi) repeatedly on the BIOS boot screen. It might take a few reboots.
I am now pretty sick of this and am wondering if there's anything else I can do?
The device in question is a dual WiFi and Bluetooth device: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174.
The issue is the same if I boot into Windows 10 or Ubuntu. The network device simply isn't detected. Hitting Fn+F3 in the OS does nothing. So it seems to be a hardware / BIOS issue.
I work mostly in Linux, and I didn't have to install any particular driver to get the networking to work initially, given that the device is detected.
So, is there anything that can be done? Is it possible to get the Fn+F3 command to work in the OS so it doesn't require a reboot?
Is it a firmware issue? Updating the BIOS a year ago didn't help. Would an opensource BIOS work?
Or can the device be cost-effectively replaced?