WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8968 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1964 times:
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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: 8
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1909 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 Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1906 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, 4627 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1899 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 (4 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1863 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.