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A few days ago my laptop's ability to find wireless networks disappeared.
I opened the laptop and it just couldn't find networks. On the network sign was a red x.
For days I tried to resolve the issue to no avail.
Things I have tried:
Deleting drivers completely (so the computer doesn't see the wireless network card) and installing them anew
Restarting services/processes dealing with networking
Turning on WLAN Autoconfig (it was already on, but I reset it)
At this point I would assume that the wireless card is shot, however right after the network issues began I plugged in an external wireless card for the time being, which worked just fine...until the laptop's lid was closed. Once it was reopened the network status was exactly the same - no networks, and a red x on the network sign.
So I plugged in the external card into another USB port and it worked...but again until the computer was put to sleep via lid close.
So I went like this through all three USB ports on the laptop. Now plugging the external card into any port doesn't work and produces the same issue.
The external card works on another laptop though, so I know that's not the problem.