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Can't connect to internet wirelessly

I have a HP G50 laptop computer which is running Vista and can't connect to the internet wirelessly. However, I CAN connect when hard wired. We have 2 other computers, phones, ipods, and an ipad that ALL can connect to the internet wirelessly. This is the only computer with this issue. I tried to updated the Atheros AR5007 wireless adapter when hard wired and it said it was already up to date. The date of this driver is 5/30/2007 and is version 7.3.201.25. The device status shows that the device is working properly. I have ran a few programs that detect whether drivers need to be updated and a few did show there was an update for this adapter and then asks for $. However, I go to HP's website and they list the update I have as the updated adapter. So I am hesitant on spending the $ if it is already up to date. The computer is 7 years old and I don't want to drop too much money into it if it is wiser to buy a new computer. My computer DOES recognize the wireless connection but shows an unidentified network so it won't connect to the internet. I have contacted my internet provider and they ran the winsock repair and did a ping and neither solved this issue. He believes it is the wireless card but could not help me any further. Stupid question.....I am not a computer expert....is a wireless card and a wireless network card the same thing? Is this both hardware AND software? I am at a loss of how to proceed here. I would appreciate any input that that can help. Thanks for your time in advance!

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Vista
which G50 there., are many,

http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/identify?q=HP+G50&tool=s-002#Z7_3054ICK0K8UDA0AQC11TA930O2
the stock lap top drivers cost nothing. at,
hp.com has them for free.
see the bottom of the lap top see the service tag
only that tells you what you have ,easy.
(the BIOS info page too)

first off to use wifi
the HP.com wifi driver needs to be installed
then you need a wifi router
got one? (assume at home , you said wired,so...)
then your home wifi , has a broadcast name
(some use there dogs name, or funny names)
lets say its FIDO123
you must program your router to a name you know.
or ask your service provider. this,'

the with Vista running, click the wifi logo the tray
see it scan you neighborhood, just like your cell phone wifi .does.'
You see fido123, then click that and say connect.
connecting to any of 10 or more neighbor wifi is a waste of effort.
guess what, you need to knowy your FIDO123 pass word.
this is how most wifi works at home
running open ad hock wifi at home is crazy, risk.
why not use wired,
it;s way faster, use 100[ cable. for more freedom.


my tag, yours will show. G50-nnnnnnnnnn
nnnnnn is what is,of the 30 different models.
Can't connect to internet wirelessly - serv-tag-low5jsjaj20nhz1e11m4ltbk-4-0.jpg here i tossed the one and 30 coin ,,, yah a wild guess.
lands on g50-123
http://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-g50-100-notebook-pc-series/3744116/model/3818843#Z7_3054ICK0K8UDA0AQC11TA930O2

now that problem
there are 4 wifi chips used
on this one laptop
ATHEROS
OR
BOARDCOM
Intel PRO/Wireless

YOU NEED TO LEARN WHAT YOU HAVE FIRST

i have specials software that scan the PC
and finds what chips are there.
im not teaching that. ever.
what you can do ,is down load all 4
then run them
the one that does not error out is good
or
go to control panel then device manager
if its working or 1/2 working they name is there in network tree item.
thats it.

my guess is its working
but you dont know your SSID name, nor the password.

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