How to Reinstall Wireless for an Acer Laptop
By Jesse Adams
After a clean installation or restoration of your computer’s operating system, certain drivers may not be installed. One of the most common drivers to be missing is that of the wireless LAN (local area network). This piece of software is required for your Acer laptop to connect to a wireless network or Internet connection. Fortunately, reinstalling this driver is extremely simple, and the necessary files are available directly from Acer’s website. Follow these steps to reinstall the wireless driver so you can connect to your wireless home or office network.
Navigate to Acer’s support and driver download website at support.acer.com/drivers_download.aspx.
Choose “notebook” from the “Product family” list.
Select your product line (Aspire, Travelmate, etc.).
Select your model number to identify the exact machine you own.
Scroll down the “Wireless LAN” entry, under the “Driver” tab.
Click the yellow “Download” button located to the left of the “Wireless LAN” entry.
Open the installation file once the driver has finished downloading.
Follow the on-screen directions to install the wireless driver.
Restart your computer when prompted to do so by the driver installer. This will finalize the installation process.
Attempt to connect to a wireless network.
- Note that you will need to use an Ethernet cable to physically connect your computer to the Internet if your wireless controller is not working. If you are still unable to connect to your wireless network, it is possible that your internal wireless controller has malfunctioned. In this case, you will want to contact Acer directly to see about a replacement unit (especially if the machine is still under warranty) or a repair proceedure.
Jesse Adams has written professionally since 2008. He writes tutorials for technology products and websites. His work has been featured by the "International Business Times," GeekBeat.tv and other publications. Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University, and is currently working on his PhD in Literature.