Received mine this afternoon.
I've loved my current Asus UL80Vt since buying it in Oct. 2009, and have been looking forward to this one. (I haven't decided which will go to my wife.)
* The laptop looks amazing - looks brand new.
* Not nearly as heavy as it looks.
* Was packaged VERY sparsely - shipped in a plain brown box, secured to a cardboard insert with tight saran-wrap type plastic. On the other side of the cardboard insert was an AC Adapter. Aside from that, there was a photocopied piece of paper indicating that the Asus Recovery Disk program would not work due to the machine being refurb, and how to disable it and use the Win7 Recovery Disk program. There was absolutely nothing else in the box.
* Despite the insert, I used the Asus Disk Recovery generator, and it seems to have worked perfectly. Process took about 2 hours, and burned 4 DVDs. The insert also stated there would be a .pdf on the desktop titled "Refurbished Asus Laptop and Netbook Welcome Packet.pdf". There is none.
* Question: HOW do I purchase a Square Trade Wty for this? My original intention was to get one with the purchase, but I haven't yet investigated *how*, considering the laptop was purchased from Woot, and Square Trade is a different company. In fairness, I haven't taken the time to investigate this yet myself, so don't flame me for being lazy. I'll get around to this soon (I hope).
* BIG PROBLEM: NO WIRELESS.
--- The wireless indicator light on the front edge of the laptop never lights up.
--- Device Manager lists a Centrino WiMax adapter (Intel Centrino WiMax 6250), with no yellow or red warning or error icons.
--- The physical switch on the left edge of the laptop seems to have no effect, in either position.
--- Windows wireless network software finds no networks.
--- The Intel My WiFi Technology software reports that there is no network adapter found. (Specifically: "No supported Intel wireless network adapter was found.")
--- The BIOS doesn't appear to have any option relevant to this (nothing for MiniPCI, Wireless, etc....).
--- The Intel PROSet wireless WiFi Manual Diagnostics reports "Driver version does not support Intel (R) PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software version 22.214.171.124."
--- (Neglected to mention before) Fn+F2 has no effect.
--- Looking at the network adapters in the 'Network Connections' button, there are two adapters listed: Local Area Connection 3, and Local Area Connection 4. Why not 1 & 2? In any case, #3 is the WiMAX 6250, #4 is the Atheros. BOTH are listed as 'Network cable unplugged'. Makes me think that Windows thinks the WiMAX is a wired connection. Or, maybe Wide-area wireless appears as a wired connection to Windows, and the wifi adapter is simply not present at all?
I see no obvious panel on the bottom of the laptop to add a mini-pci adapter. I assume that is old technology at this point, and the wireless card is embedded inside the machine somewhere.
SO, if the adapter isn't there, why/how is the driver showing in Device Manager with no error? If the adapter IS there, why won't the wireless LED light up, and why can the software see no evidence of the adapter?
MOST IMPORTANTLY, how can I get the wireless to work?
Can any of you Woot-folk over in that big triangle-shaped state where it isn't snowing right now help me?
EDIT: I was hoping somebody else who ordered the laptop and received it would chime in here and state whether they are seeing the same thing I am, and also what they've tried to do to fix this, and their results. Woot & Square Trade folks - So far I've made no changes to the laptop - it arrived like this.
But now I'm going to see if I can uninstall and reinstall the Intel WiMAX 6250 driver, and see what happens.