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wireless missing on my laptop

Discussion in 'Networking' started by aprilwine, Sep 18, 2008.

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  1. aprilwine

    aprilwine Thread Starter

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    I was using the wireless connection last year. No problems. Switched to a sprint wireless card for a while..now trying to switch back to my regular wireless. No wireless adapter shows up on device manager at all ( I know it was there before). I have reinstalled the broadcom drivers from the restore options...still no sign of wireless. Only the Nvidia network adapter, no wireless at all. Any ideas?:confused:
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Yep, I'd start in the BIOS and see if the wireless card is disabled there. Next, I'd check and make sure the mini-PCI wireless adapter is seated, normally for laptops it's in one of the removable panels on the bottom of the machine.
     
  3. aprilwine

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    will try that tonight when I get home...and promise to report back with results. thanks!
     
  4. aprilwine

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    ok, checked BIOS. only settings i found for adapter was the boot order, and the booting from lan was disabled...i enabled it, and saved settings...no change. I took battery out then took cover off adapter, it's there and doesnt appear to be loose or disconnected. still clueless. I am wondering if something in the sprint software for the wireless card damaged/disabled the original adapter.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    The adapter may have simply died since you used it last.
     
  6. TerryNet

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    There are no warnings, errors or unknown devices in your Device Manager, right?
     
  7. aprilwine

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    right, no yellow dots, exclamation marks or question marks...everything that shows up works fine, and the wireless adapter simply isnt showing up. do you think crashing and reloading the OS may work? willing to try it.
     
  8. Courtneyc

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    First of all, boot to LAN has nothing to do with the wireless adapter. Is there a key combination on your keyboard that enables the adapter? Is there a switch?

    Courtney
     
  9. aprilwine

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    yes, there is a switch on the front, toggled it every direction imaginable with no results. the light next to it is amber...
     
  10. TerryNet

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    Sounds like the adapter has failed. It can be replaced.
     
  11. aprilwine

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    I looked & found they are relatively cheap...are they easy to install? I saw 2 leads...is that pretty much it? place it properly & connect the leads? I may can do that without screwing it up...LOL.

    and thanks everyone for the help...I am clueles with the laptop & quite frankly its small parts & fragility intimidate me.:eek:
     
  12. Rich-M

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    Why not just pick up a pcmia or pc express adapter that plugs in. They are stronger signal and more durable and probably less $.
     
  13. aprilwine

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    are they really stronger? that would rock. Apparently these internal cards aren't that reliable...seeing all the threads on here that are so similar to mine. I just always assumed the "on board" adapters were better.
     
  14. Rich-M

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    Not at all the pcimia and pc express adapters have a much better signal and some of them have antennas you can point and move as well for better signal. Remember the signal is received by an antenna and the onboard ones have it buried inside the laptop which cannot possibly be as effective as on that is external. You can also find usb adapters with stands and wires that allow a lot of movement around the room you can place for a better signal.
     
  15. TerryNet

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    If you are going to use the laptop mostly in one place you may find a PCMCIA or USB adapter with external antenna to be better. But for mobility convenience you can't beat an internal adapter.

    The antenna leads are along the side of the screen, so their antenna beats any PCMCIA or USB integrated antenna. My Intel 2200bg in my 4 year old Intel laptop is still working well; it has had a fair amount of use the last 3 1/2 years. We don't see many threads started by people wanting to say they haven't had any problems with their integrated wireless, so it's really hard to judge whether they fail any more frequently than other wireless adapters.

    Not trying to tell you what to do; but think that this side of the story needs to be told also.
     
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