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My wireless network adaptor no longer works!

I have a Compaq presario F500 laptop. i bought it roughly last september (07) and it has worked fine. about or month or so ago when i flicked the switch to turn the wireless on the light did not change colour and i couldnt connect to the internet, after a little more investigating my laptop told me i didnt have a wireless network adaptor. it has not been working since then except for a couple of occasions which are about 2 weeks apart where it will work for a half hour or so. after i turn my laptop off after it having worked it will not turn on. Could this be some sort of virus or is it just the laptop?
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  • olmos_edward Dec 28, 2008

    sorry i forget to mention im running vista,

  • olmos_edward Dec 28, 2008

    oh and also when i try and click on the icon ~HP Wireless assistant~ in the control panel it doesnt open

  • uteelove Jan 07, 2009

    i have the same problem.. i have a HP pavillion dv 6000 and i am running windows vista as well

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    i have the same problem.. i have a HP pavillion dv 6000 and i am running windows vista as well

  • Anonymous May 18, 2009

    I have the same problem..I have a compaq presario f500..a lil over a yr old....It worked fri, the 16th and later that night it was over!!!!...Help!!!!

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Check if Wlan adapter is disabled:
Control Panel
Network adapter
Simply Right click on disabled adapter and enable it

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