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N73SV-XC1 wifi problems

Discussion in 'Asus' started by philzter, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. philzter

    philzter Newbie

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    Hi all,

    Just got a refurb N73SV from amazon warehouse ($510!!) - had a windows replacement key, and it may have been a european version.

    Having problems with wifi - wasn't sure if all drivers properly installed. Installed ATK for Fn+F2 + KB Filter + console 3 and no dice. Console 3 doesn't load and pressing F2 just shows both the bluetooth and wifi disconnected (i.e., doesnt seem to toggle).

    I'm new to windows 7 (coming from XP pro - finally took the jump) - device manager shows I have:

    Atheros AR9002WB-1NG version 9.2.0.104 installed.

    Bios shows:

    American Megatrends version 2080, EC Version 202d040001 (doesnt relate to the version show on asus website which shows increments of 2.08 - 3.06).

    Also on boot it says Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v2.0.2.3 (5/18/10). "Check cable connection! PXE-M0F: exiting PXE ROM" - is this normal?

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. tijo

    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    I'd grab the drivers for your wireless adapter from Asus' support site and install them. Check if that fixes the problem, also make sure that if you have a physical on/off switch for the wireless that it is on.
     
  3. BrodyBoy

    BrodyBoy Notebook Evangelist

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    The N73s do have a WLAN slider switch on the right side....and it's annoyingly easy to accidentally move it whenever you pick up the laptop.
     
  4. philzter

    philzter Newbie

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    Thanks guys - I didnt realize that it had a hardware switch: never had one before and feel like an idiot.

    Bootup message gone after I disabled the LAN boot priority.

    This laptop is HUGE and only something that a geek can love :))
     
  5. tijo

    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    Don't worry about the physical switch, you'd be surprised at the amount of people who don't think to check that. It is a pretty common mistake and if you forgot or don't know you have one, you could be looking for a solution to a simple problem for a long time. I mean, i almost forgot to suggest that, only thought about it because i recently helped a friend do a clean install on his M50V that also has a hardware switch.
     
  6. philzter

    philzter Newbie

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    I wont tell you how long I spent :)

    I was about to hit the panic button...like what the hell..everything recognized but no dice?? MB issue?? This is when you make big mistakes like update the BIOS or something stupid..lucky I posted my query.

    Thanks again!
     
  7. philzter

    philzter Newbie

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    Damn. My laptop won't post. Lights flickers than dead.

    Just finished a 20min mem test too and installed and updaed windows and passed HDD tests. Was in the middle of a prime95 run...

    Took out battery, charger etc and let it cool down. Still dead - recharge other lights still flicker but no post. Lot of heat from vent when running.

    Also when working my USB 3.0 external seagate wouldn't get recognized in the USB 3 port but works on USB 2. Ths thing doesn't feel reliable...

    I think I am done. May wait for ivy bridge or a thunderbolt laptop if the i7 quad does overheat to avoid these issues.
     
  8. tijo

    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    Well, if the laptop is under warranty, you can RMA it, this is clearly not normal behavior. Give a try at booting it up again though, you may have hit thermal shutdown and the laptop just needed a bit of time, still not normal to hit thermal shutdown point under any uasge scenario unless you are blocking the air intakes.
     
  9. philzter

    philzter Newbie

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    Yeah definitely dead. Thought about RMA it but it is a refurb and could take awhile so I would rather return to seller for full refund when given the chance.

    This is a big laptop and the postage could cost a lot $$$ for the RMA process.
     
  10. tijo

    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    AH didn't know that it was a refurb, the times i had to ship something to Asus for RMA, they waved all shipping fees, i've seen people who had to pay shipping though.
     
  11. philzter

    philzter Newbie

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    Thats good that they pay for shipping - but I'm taking this notebook out of the country and a refurb that's got troubles right from the get go is a bit dicey, especially when its so big and heavy and can be easily damaged in transit to and from the repair center.

    I thought about taking it to a local authorized center in NYC but they have really bad customer reviews.

    Pity - I quite liked the laptop! I could live with the half-baked USB 3 port as well. I was all ready to load up with a SSD and up the ram and had seriously booked up for this laptop..
     

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