Gateway laptop win 8 no wireless

Airplane mode is off, but wireless still "not connected" This appears to be a Win8 problem and after trying many different things I completely re-installed the OS and still no fix! Has anyone found a fix for this problem?
atayqedAsked:
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arnoldCommented:
It may have a hard switch, or you have disabled it using the Fn+ key combo to activate/deactivate.  Look at the lights power, there should be one indicating status of wireless ...
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atayqedAuthor Commented:
Nope - no hard switch exists. Airplane mode = wireless on-off, is toggled with the F3 key. It toggles airplane mode on/off, but wireless stays off and the front wireless LED doesn't light up either. Device Manager properties says no problem with the driver, but he desktop wireless icon has a red cross on it and cannot be activated.
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
Try reinstalling the driver or checking for a newer version. Also run Windows Update and see if there are any driver updates for it.
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atayqedAuthor Commented:
The fix was to restore BIOS setup defaults, which I hadn't done previously, because I didn't think that could be the problem. It just goes to show that sometimes you can be your own worst enemy.
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atayqedAuthor Commented:
None of the offered solutions was the fix - mine was
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