Let me be short here. We have a very long discussion in some other forum about the internal wifi card failures. I don't want a repeat so let me skip to the solution I use.
1. Those USB wifi things. (my second choice.)
2. PC-Card wifi cards. (my first choice.)
This way I avoid all the costs and here in the USA I can get the USB thing for under 20 and the PC-Card in the 20ish range. I can't count how many discover more expensive ways to deal with this.
Hello. I got a HP laptop of the series dv6000. For the ones of you that don't know (as I, which had to learn the hard way when it happened to me last week) this series and a couple other have a factory defect that causes the computer not to recognize the wireless anymore. Wireless capability doesn't appear in the device manager or in the bios, and the led light won't turn blue. Inexplicably, after some reboots, the light will turn blue and wireless will work without a hitch, though the device manager still wouldnt acknowledge it. The catch is that every time it happens it takes more reboots to work (last time I spent a whole afternoon rebooting, so I'm sure that next time it simply won't come back, so I'm keeping my laptop ON until I find a solution).
HP has an extended warrant program to fix these laptops but I think it doesn't cover me because my laptop is refurbished and I'm not even in the same country i bought it. Also, I can't afford the month or so they take to send it back without a computer, so I have to take this issue on my hands. Sending the laptop to a "specialized" repair store is not an option, either. I'm in a budget and I don't particularly relish the idea of strangers snooping into my personal files as I know they do.
I believe the solution is either to replace the internal wireless adaptor or to get an external USB one. For what I've researched, the former is preferible, but I'm not sure how hard would it be to do it myself (I've opened and rebuilt desktops before, but never a laptop) and I'm not sure that replacing the card will fix the problem if the issue is caused by other part of the laptop. What would your advice be guys? Thanks a lot.