The past few weeks, I’d noticed that my desktop’s connectivity to my home network has been questionable at best: the Network window would open up, but it wouldn’t see the “Casa de Tripler” home wifi network. I know that CdT was working just fine, because all other devices in the house were constantly connected without issue.
Up front, it’s a 2016 ASUS desktop PC, running Windows 10, for gaming, schoolwork, and yakkin’ with all y’all folks.
I tried a litany of “solutions” (too numerous to link to from my tablet) which included rebooting the computer, updating drivers, uninistalling/reinstalling hardware through Device Manager, making a bear claw-pastry sacrifice to the ASUS gods which went unanswered to my palate’s satisfaction.
Fast forward to this week when things went south. Now, when I click on “Network and Sharing”, the screen pauses, and then doesn’t even open–it just closes. “WiFi” is not even an option next to “Airplane mode” anymore. I pulled a Hail Mary, and reset the computer to factory conditions to no avail. Connetivity is now achieved by stretching a 100’ ethernet cable from an upstairs office, to the router in the kitchen.
I’m kinda convinced the desktop WiFi card has given up the ghost. Unless I’m missing something. . . Would a USB WiFi setup be an appropriate workaround, or would I have to replace a card inside the machine?
I’m not averse to doing the work myself because A) amazingly, there are no computer repair places within 35 miles of town, and B) given my past employment history, I’m confident that “I got this.”
It’s more a diagnostic question though–can desktop WiFi cards go kaput?
A 1977 dinosaur using a 2016 antique.