1.    29 Mar 2016 #1
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    W8.1, W10, Antergos, LMDE

    Wireless works fine on new install until I run Windows Update

    I have an elderly but perfectly functional Acer 5920 laptop (I upgraded it extensively in the years). It has an Intel 3945ABG wifi chipset.

    I've been running Linux on it since forever, but it became necessary to put Windows on it. I installed Windows 8.1 and everything worked fine. I then ran Windows Update, it downloaded (via wifi) all the updates and applied them, and upon rebooting I found out that the wifi had gone - the interface doesn't appear, and device manager says "This device cannot start (Code 10)". Hitting the wifi button on the keyboard makes no difference.

    I tried disabling and re-enabling the device, uninstalling it and rebooting, then futzing around with the Intel Pro/Wireless drivers, all to no avail.

    After hours of cursing I decided I'd had enough, so I wiped and installed Windows 10 instead. And lo, the exact same thing happened: worked fine, downloaded and applied the updates, rebooted and promptly lost the wifi interface. Device Manager shows the exact same error.

    What do I do now?

    Edit: Solved it. After endless Googling I found an Italian forum that had the solution - it's a driver conflict with the IR transceiver and Ricoh cardreader. Downloaded the Windows 7 versions of those from the Acer site, installed them, and now everything works fine.
    Last edited by IronMew; 29 Mar 2016 at 21:16.
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