06-21-2012 06:01 AM
I have a Presario F730US notebook, and my OS is Vista 32 bit. It is inconvenient to use USB wireless adapter when the Presario notebook has internal WiFi adapter. I purchased a TP link wireless USB adapter to access the Internet.
Is there any possibility that the mini-PCI does not work?
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06-21-2012 06:36 AM
If you see the card in the device manager and it is reported as working normally, it is most likely OK.
Try the latest Broadcom driver for it, and see if that helps.
06-21-2012 11:06 AM
Thank you for your reply to my Wireless Network Card.
Unfortunately the device manager does not see the Adapter. I also upgraded BIOS as per HP F20 (latest version).
The QDS-BRCM1020 card was working in my Presario for about 2 years and served me well.
I will download the latest Broadcom driver and try to see the card in the device manager. If I will see the card I will let you know. (I think the hardware is defective)
06-21-2012 11:21 AM - edited 06-21-2012 11:23 AM
You're very welcome, John.
If it isn't there, then it could actually be one of these possibilities...
1. Maybe you can install the HP Wireless Assistant and see if that shows your adapter in the program, and it just needs to be turned on with the software button.
2. The card is completely defective and doesn't even show up as installed.
3. Your PC has the same specs (nvidia graphics and chipset) as the dv6000/dv9000 notebooks. There were motherboard issues in the dv6000/dv9000 series with this hardware. Amongst several things that could go wrong was failure of the mini-PCIe slot on the motherboard.
You could query eBay by the part number, and you should be able to pick up a used but tested and working replacement real cheap.
You can only get a card with that specific part number on it or it won't work.
Here is a link to several listed on eBay--as low as $4.00
If the replacement card works, then you've solved the problem cheaply. If it doesn't then you know the motherboard is bad, and not worth fixing, and you either continue as you are now, with an external WLAN adapter, or spring for another notebook.
06-22-2012 02:01 AM
I will buy an adapter per your great recommendation.
The Presario come with preinstalled HP Wireless Assistant -it did not detected the adapter...-
Thanks for your time, life is great when we find an opportunity to correspond someone like you.