09-13-2016 06:34 PM
I reinstalled Windows vista from a CD and the wireless drivers were not installed so I tried to install them and it looked like the installation was going on, but after I restarted the drivers were not installed. It shows up in programs and features.
09-13-2016 07:43 PM
There can be more than one model wlan card HP could have installed in your notebook.
Please post the hardware ID for the device you see listed in the device manager as a Network Controller, so I can figure out what model wireless card your notebook came with.
To find the hardware ID, click on the Network Controller device in the device manager.
Then click on the Details tab at the top of the Network Controller window.
Now you will see a Property drop down list, and it will be set to Device Description.
Drop down on that list, and select the 2nd item (Hardware ID's).
Post the top string of characters that you see in the window.
09-14-2016 07:06 AM
That ID is for the ethernet (wired) controller.
Sounds to me like you don't see a Network Controller device listed in the device manager?
If not, install this software and see if you can turn on the wireless network adapter by using this software.
This package contains the HP Wireless Assistant for the supported notebook models and operating systems. The HP Wireless Assistant is a user application that provides a way to control the enablement of the radios for individual wireless devices (such as Bluetooth, WLAN, or WWAN devices) and that shows the state of the radios for these wireless devices.
File name: sp36770.exe
If that fails to get the wireless card to show up as either a Network Controller in the device manager (needs a driver), or the model wireless adapter, then most likely the motherboard has cut the power to the slot the wireless card is plugged into, which was a common problem on that model series PC, due to its nature of overheating.
09-14-2016 06:03 PM
Then the last paragraph of my first reply applies.
Motherboard is shot and cut the power to the wireless card.
No fix other than to replace the motherboard (not recommended), or purchase an external usb wireless network adapter.