WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 74
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2669 times:
Quoting VonRichtofen (Thread starter): Suddenly my networking capabilities on my HP notebook died. Wireless doesn't work, even tried wired directly into my DSL modem and still won't acknowledge a network.
Happened to my company laptop. Just brought it to the guys who fix this, waited 6 weeks and now it is working
Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2614 times:
Quoting VonRichtofen (Reply 6): I'm afraid it's not just the wireless. I have lost all networking capabilities.
Are you sure it's not a software/OS issue? Anything change on your PC recently? Have you tried hitting the WiFi switch just in case (in most cases shouldn't affect wired, though)
A lot of Dell laptops in their default configurtion will turn off the built-in NIC if you're on battery and there's no cable connected (and won't turn the NIC back on until either you're on AC or you reboot the laptop, depending on the age of the laptop), though it would sound like that's not your problem
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LTU932 From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2006, 14231 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2611 times:
If you have updated drivers recently, try doing a system restore. If that doesn't help, or if you didn't update your network drivers, try formatting the harddrive and re-installing everything (Windows, Drivers from the respective CDs, etc.), to see if the problem is hardware or driver related.
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4654 posts, RR: 33
Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2604 times:
Thanks for the replies guys.
I haven't done anything out of the ordinary regarding drivers etc. It literally just stopped working. I've tried everything short of reformatting to troubleshoot. I think a reformat may be in order. Luckily I have all of my data backed up on an external HD and my desktop.
AverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2568 times:
What you have is a very common issue with certain HP models. You only need to get a USB WLAN network adapter (looks like a memory stick) and start using that.
If you detach it, always replug it in the same physical connector, or you'll be asked for the network password each time you're trying to connect to a network -- or until you've used it succesfully in all USB connectors of the computer, typically 3 in a laptop.