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Solved: wireless adapter disappears and reappears

Discussion in 'Networking' started by labour, Feb 18, 2009.

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  1. labour

    labour Thread Starter

    Feb 17, 2009
    Have been having a problem with wireless connection on my laptop. I have a HP Pavilion tx 1000 Notebook PC. The processor is named AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56 1.80 GHz and the operating system is Vista 32 Home Premium. The computer is about 1 1/2 years old.
    There are 2 network adapters listed in the device manager: Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN and NVIDIA nforce Networking Controller. The problem I am having is with the Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN adapter. All of a sudden it is not working. When I check the device manager it is not listed. I have the ability to reload this missing adapter and I have done so many times however when it is gone it will not reappear even if the file is reloaded. I have rebooted my computer to see if it makes a difference and sometimes it comes back and sometimes it doesn't. I have tried to do a system restore and it fails each time I try. So I wait for a while and all of a sudden the adapter is back listed in the device manager and everything is fine. I ran a memory diagnostics through windows vista and following the diagnostics the adapter came back however I have no idea if this was the reason why it came back or not. Regardless, about 1/2 hour later the blue light for the wireless went red and the adapter once again disappeared.

    Any ideas on how to correct this would be apprieciated.
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    This sounds like the hardware is dying or perhaps it's loose in the socket.

    Remove the battery from the laptop and open the access door on the bottom and reseat the mini-PCI wireless adapter.

    If that doesn't fix it, it's probably dying.
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