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If you can download then I expect the wireless bit is working. Try re-booting with an Ethernet lead plugged in, download the latest drivers from Hp and clicking on the downloaded name will install the driver. Ensure you choose the correct driver!
In order to switch wireless on there is a Wireless assistant available in your Control panel like I am using a hp laptop so there's an HP wireless Assistant available in the control panel. Open it and there will be a WLAN option. Simply turn it on !!! Bingo !!!
Try this: I found it after doing some searching on the web.
Wireless card stops working after upgrading to Windows Vista
After upgrading to Windows Vista everything works fine apart the
Marvell Wireless card, when you press the button nothing happens.
There seems to be three different ways of solving this problem
(there is a fourth - don't install Vista) and I've listed them below,
hopefully at least one should work for you.
The first solution is to press the wireless button while Windows
Vista is loading, you have to be quick though as it only works if you
press the button between the loading scrolling lines logo (after the
post screen) and before the windows logo appears.
The second is to go into Device Manager, select the Marvell Wireless
card and then go to Properties>Advanced>Default Adhoc Mode. Here
change the Default Adhoc mode to B or G. When you confirm the change
the wireless connection should become active, if it doesn't then press
the wireless button and try changing the setting again.
The third method is to create a desktop shortcut to the wireless
adapter. Go to [Network and Sharing Centre]>[Manage Network
Connections] and then right click the wirless connection and choose
Create Shortcut. You can then switch on the wireless at any time, just
point at the shortcut then right click and chose Disable. Once its
disabled right click on the shortcut again and choose Enable. It should
then connect within 20-30 seconds.
Support site: http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/advent/laptop/7088.htm
Create Icons for Shutdown and Reboot
If you find it annoying to access the Start Menu for shutting down or rebooting the computer, create a shutdown and reboot icon for the desktop. Desktop Shutdown Icon
Right click on the desktop Click [New] [Shortcut] to open the Create Shortcut Wizard Type [shutdown -s -t 00] without the brackets. Click [Next] and type a descriptive name of your choosing for the shortcut Click [Finish]
Add a bit of class to the shortcut by assigning it a custom icon. Right click the shortcut, click [Properties] and select the [Shortcut] tab. Click [Change Icon] and select from the icons that are displayed. Desktop Reboot Icon
Right click on the desktop Click [New] [Shortcut] to open the Create Shortcut Wizard Type [shutdown -r -t 00] without the brackets. Click [Next] and type a descriptive name of your choosing for the shortcut Click [Finish]
Add a bit of class to the shortcut by assigning it a custom icon. Right click the shortcut, click [Properties] and select the [Shortcut] tab. Click [Change Icon] and select from the icons that are displayed. A Final Note:
If you happen to be as fanatical as I am about having nothing on the desktop, drag the new icons into the Quick Launch area of the Taskbar.
then use it.
if not resolve it
then use following step ;-
click on start then go to RUN and type SFC /SCANNOW
this command recover all windows lost files, if it will ask windows CD then enter the windows disk.
If it was truely a shortcut and was deleted, the data is still in the folder on the hardrive (c:) and can be accessed with the file manager or exploring the c: (root) drive. once you find it , right click on it , select "make shortcut, then drag the shortcut to your desktop.
If it was a folder (not a shortcut) on your desktop that was deleted, you should be able to find the folder in your Recycle Bin and select it and click on RESTORE and that should put it back where it was .
If it was a folder and deleted and the recycle bin was emptied, it is lost unless you pay someone HIGH dollar to retrieve data from your harddrive that was deleted.
Hope this fixes ya up , post again if you need further assistance.
This is a common problem on hp laptops in the 2000 and 6000 series. It is caused by a manufacturing defect on the mainboard. You may try and update your BIOS and see if it fixs it.. If it doesnt you will have to contact HP and they will give you a free repair if you still are under warranty (the warranty is 2 years here in Denmark)
How are you creating the shortcut? If you right click on your desktop and click on New -> Shortcut, then tell it where the actual program is located, it should work everytime. A simpler solution is to find the program in your start menu and simply right click and drag it onto the desktop then choose to create a shortcut here.