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The onboard Broadcom wireless adapter on my Compaq Presario F700 stopped working a few months ago and I have been using a Netgear USB wireless adapter. I am wondering if this is easily fixable. I followed the Compaq procedure to remove the static from the motherboard; set the BIOS to default; reseat the wireless card; and use the recovery manager to re-install the driver. The adapter is still not working.

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If you can successfully install the drivers for the wireless adapter on your system, then the adapter itself is functioning properly. Your only problem in this case is that your antenna is either defective or not connect properly to the wireless adapter card. The problem might be solved in this case by either replacing the antenna or just making sure its connection to the wireless adapter card is not loose.

In worst case scenario, you can buy a PC Card wireless adapter, insert it into the PCMCIA slot & use it as a replacement for the defective wireless adapter. You can also buy a USB wireless adapter as a second choice.

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