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Yours may be replaceable.
Most laptops/notebook have what is called a miniPCI slot for installation of an adapter card. These have in the past normally been Network Cards for connecting via hard wire. Yours may be a combo network/wifi transceiver. There is really only one way to find out and that is to run an audit of your computer.
However, as you may know already, you can enable and disable the wireless transceiver from your keyboard. You have a Fn keytop and the color of the letters is associated with other key tops that serve a dual purpose. These are primarily the F keys. But, the Page Up and Page Down are typically volume keys for your speaker. One of these keys it associated with your wireless component. You wil notice it by the icon used in the same color as the Fn key. It looks like a | with partial circles radiating out on either side. Still, it could have something else as an icon but should trigger a clue to you. On some laptops there is even a little switch on the side of the laptop body, often hard to spot, that needs to be moved from the off to the on position.
I use and encourage people to use Win Audit. You can find this free program at majorgeeks dot com
Specifically this is the link.
Once you download it move the file to folders you may want to create on your C drive called c:\software\winaudit
Right click the C drive icon in Explorer and select New, Folder. Title that: Software. Now repeat this while right clicking on the new Software folder and create a new folder called: WinAudit. Now, Cut and Paste WinAudit into this destination folder. Once you have WinAudit here, there is no installation. This program is a Stand Alone, it doesn't need to be installed.
If you want a shortcut on your desktop, right click WinAudit.exe and select create shortcut and then cut and paste that to your desktop.
When you run this program, you will see an exhaustive analysis of everything and anything on your laptop, including software. What you want to do is focus on the Hardware category and look for items in a PCI slot. You can also look for and find where your wireless transceiver is located. It may be a chip on the mainboard.
This discovery will give you your options. If its a component on your mainboard there may be a way to install a firmware update to the wifi transceiver. A firmware update writes new code to the chip itself and this may fix and wake the device up. These chips today are utterly reliable and its doubtful its destroyed. It probably just needs to be massaged with a new driver or new firmware patch.
When you know what you have and what's onboard let me know of your discovery. I can see if there are known issues that can be addressed or if you need to seek an alternative.
Are you still under warranty by any chance?
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
Just buy a new pci card for the laptop, these are pretty easy to install
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
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