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Windows 7: Zoostorm FreedomXL 10.2" NetBook

05 Apr 2010   #1
Orbital Shark

Zoostorm FreedomXL 10.2" NetBook WiFi issue

Zoostorm FreedomXL 10.2" NetBook-383-5083053msa73uc645800x.jpg

Argos have been offering this NetBookpre-loaded with Windows 7 starter for 199.99 , which isn't bad considering the hardware.

More info Here

There is, however, a rather silly fault with the WiFi on this particular machine. Pressing FN+F2 will/should activate the WiFi but as i've witnessed this weekend, it doesn't. Most/all forums that have information on this also mention the BIOS, it's not the BIOS at fault and there's NO way to switch it on in there.

This fault is due to the wrong default driver being pre-loaded before shipping and is easily fixed.

Step 1:
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Uninstall the driver from Device Manager

Zoostorm FreedomXL 10.2" NetBook-capture2.png
Note   Note
Make sure that the 'Delete the driver software for this device" is NOT checked.

Step 2:
Zoostorm FreedomXL 10.2" NetBook-capture3.png
Click the 'Scan for hardware changes' button

That's it.

This will cause Windows to reinstall the WiFi drivers, this time using the correct software.

This has worked in all cases so far.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Apr 2010   #2
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.

I wonder why it is not checked before shipping?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Apr 2010   #3
Orbital Shark


No idea, it's 1 of the most bizzar faults/errors i've heard of LOL
My System SpecsSystem Spec

09 Apr 2010   #4

Win 7 Starter

Hi, just joined the forum to thank you for that little gem.

Found it yesterday whilst researching the new Zoostorm Netbook, bought one today and knew exactly how to fix it.

Top man, thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Apr 2010   #5
Orbital Shark


You're very welcome mate & welcome to the forums. By all means stick around, you'll find the tutorials section extremely helpful
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 May 2010   #6

Win 7 Starter
Freedom 10-270 Netbook Windows 7 Re-Install

Hi again,

looking at the various options and features on the Freedom 10-270 Netbook it does not mention in the User Guide anything about Re-Installing Windows if there is a problem.

I noticed that the Recovery option in the Control Panel seems to give this option whilst Windows is running, although I have not clicked the Re-Install option to find out if it is indeed there.

The real problem comes when Windows does not boot, the F12 Boot Option key only brings up one drive, and that I am asuming is the C/: drive.

There seems to be a hidden partition there of about 7GB, but how is it accessed in an emergency?

Any ideas?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2010   #7
Orbital Shark


Hi, sorry for the late reply.

Normally most OEM machines will have a recovery app built in which is accessed during/just after the POST by pressing a certain key normally shown on the bottom of the screen. This then accesses the hidden partition which will restore your machine to it's out-of-box state.

Hope this helps :)


Note   Note
I don't personally own the machine so I can't fully test the recovery options
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 May 2010   #8

windows 7

dont no if this is in the right section but ive had 1 of these netbooks for a while it wont recover at all it says there is files missing also i havnt got a clue how to change the theme been trying for a while its doing ma head in. also wen i bought mine holding fn then pressing f2 worked stright away pressing f1 dont thou lol neva had the webcam working yet
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2010   #9


turn on the netbook keep pressing F8 and you get to repair your computer that holds the master image etc :) and how to recover the unit
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2011   #10

windows 7 starter

sorry but i did exactly what you have said.and i still have the same does not work
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