Thanks Richard I already solved the problem by more or less doing this. I had to disable it and then enable it. It then responded to the button push.
Ahhh spoke too soon. I have a recurring problem with the wireless it seems. First it drops the connection, the when I got to the network centre and ask it to resolve the problem it starts the diagnostic, then it freezes the whole computer, even the mouse. Its just done this for the 3rd time - the lest time i left it instead of a button restart and it has restarted itself, with the wireless disabled.
Ummmm yesterday, cant remember if it was just before or after I ran a malwarebytes scan or after. I just tried nspa.cpl and it didn't even appear on the list. Task manager had a yellow '!' against it this time and said it had not enough resources so I disabled the other one in the list (as advised) and restarted. Its come back up with the wireless this time but it remains to be seen if this is now a stable solution.
Ok the earliest restore point I have is only the 21st May, even when I tick the box that says 'show earlier I have restored it to there but the problem remains. Last night the computer wanted to install a 'critical update 1 of 1 before shut down. It seemed to spend a long time on this and I left it rubbing. It was shut down when I looked at this morning and started fine. I dont understand why there aren't any earlier restore points.
Packard Bell EasyNote TS Model No PSW50. I thought I'd fixed it again by un/reintalling the network adapter but it's still happening and now this too freezes the entire machine.
Hi Richard, well it took quite a few hours to run through the bit after the restart. Then it was fine, then it did it again. Would event log tell us what the cause is as I'm loath to get a new wireless adapter fitted if it's not actually at fault.
I haven't enough room to mirror the entire drive onto the stand alone back up. I need to replace that with a 2T+ really but money is tight to be honest. The thought of having to do a massive edit is horrific! Would running it in safe mode separate a hardware from a software issue?
I suppose. Hate dongles though as I'm always worried their gonna snap off if the computer slips off my lap in bed or something. I've just come back in after an hour or so away collecting the car from the garage (another £500!) and its still working fine atm. It seems to come up fine when I reboot. Maybe I should just do a restart for the time being.
Thx for your help. Cant afford much of a tip I'm afraid :(