Does my wireless card not working signal that my computer might fail?

by on December 8, 2009

Q: I have just bought a Presario F500 second hand (well, possibly third or fourth hand) off Trademe (like eBay but more local). It’s running Vista Home Basic 32-bit, 1.5GB RAM, 1.6GHz, 80GB HDD.

The wireless adapter doesn’t work. It is able to be seen in the device manager but there is nothing mentioned in the BIOS about Wireless. HP Wireless Assistant doesn’t work either, though I have reinstalled and repaired. AUC is off.

Is this a sign of imminent failure of the entire computer or is there some way to salvage it? Is it just driver problems? I have downloaded the drivers and used the Device Manager to install.

Wireless Adapter Problems

One Response to “Does my wireless card not working signal that my computer might fail?”
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    The nForce Networking Controller driver you’re looking at is for the Ethernet (wired) networking.

    If you haven’t done so already I suggest you try plugging the PC into your home network with an Ethernet cable to make sure that works correctly for you.

    You’ll want to install the Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver for Microsoft Windows Vista.

    Follow the instructions for the Wireless setup guide for the laptop:

    These instructions are available under the manual section of HP’s website for this laptop: