11-08-2011 12:19 PM
I recently acquired a Pavilion dv6000 laptop with no apparent working Wifi. It has the WiFi enable switch and associated LED that lights orange. Internal inspection reveals that the WiFi mini PCI card is installed and attached to the antenna wires. Odd thing is, there is no WiFi setting in the BIOS setup. Is this something that HP does on a regular basis? If so, does anyone know of a BIOS upgrade that will recognise and show the WiFi in the setup? I have the latest version of the standard BIOS & chipset installed.
Any enlightenment will be appreciated!
11-08-2011 01:24 PM
If you have installed the latest BIOS update for the PC, that is all there is.
There should be a setting in the BIOS to enable/disable the wifi.
Do you have the HP Wireless Assistant software installed?
If not, I recommend you install it because if the card was turned off in the Wireless Assistant, it cannot be turned back on until the W/A software is reinstalled--even if the card shows up as present and enabled in the BIOS.
11-08-2011 06:58 PM
Thanks for the quick answer! I indeed do not have the WiFi Assistant installed, so I'll look for it on the driver support page & install it. I'll report back when the install is completed and tested.
I double checked the BIOS in case I missed something, but there is no setting in it for a wireless device or mini PCI device.
Thanks again for the help!
11-08-2011 08:11 PM
Downloaded & installed the WiF Assistant v3. Attempted to run it from it's icon in Device Manager. No dice. Didn't run at all. I'm beginning to believe that this particular PC is some kind of budget model. It has an AMD Turion processor.
I'll keep searching for further info on this issue. Meanwhile, I'll continue to use the wireless N USB mini-dongle I purchased from Monoprice.com. Wonderful product that works well, & was inexpensive.