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In this particular case that you tried to reinstall the drivers and the adapter is still not detected, we recommend to run this tool: Intel® Driver Update Utility and see if it will detect the wireless adapter.
If it does not, the it is important to verify directly on the chassis if there is any switch that might have been turned off while you were cleaning the fan.
If you notice that this chassis does not have a wireless switch, then we recommend to contact ASUS* for additional support as it may be related to the hardware.
That didn't help, so I'll try Asus, as seeing after trying that, i tried restarting the laptop, and now it won't go on past the Republic of Gamers splash screen, it just infinitely loops at that point. Thanks for the help though!