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My 2170US does not have built in wireless like some of the other HP or Compaq models of the same vintage. Buying a mini pci wireless card wont make the wireless work. You will need a wireless card for the pcmcia slot on the left side of the laptop then your wireless will work. If there is an issue with the pcmcia slot a cheap work around is to buy a usb. based wireless card and use one of the two usb.slots in the back. It's not high speed usb.2.0 so it may run a little slower. As long as your pcmcia slot works just install the the card that you can buy even at walmart install the software and your wireless should be up and running. Its an old laptop and not worth spending a bunch of money on when new or used much better machines are out there.
It is underneath the unit you will see removable flaps, unscrew the biggest one, usually it is there, the WiFi card is a small card with Antenna wires coming out of it, it slots into a MiniPCI slot. Check this also check your WiFi isn't turned OFF via the switch.
according to amazon your system doesn't have a wireless card in it. You will need to purchase a PCI Card or USB Wireless antenna. The USB will be easier to install. Once this is installed using the instructions that come with the antenna, use the 2wire's instructions on setting up a wireless network. This usually involves using the code on the bottom of the 2wire as a key.
There are three possible ways. 1. If the notebook has an available miniPCI socket in a compartment on the bottom of the PC, a wireless card can be installed there. However, the antenna wires are nearly impossible to connect. I would pick one of the following: 2. Get a wireless PC Card for notebooks, or 3. Get a USB wireless device (works on notebooks and desktops. This option is easiest, and usually cheapest. Follow the instructions that come with it, and you're all set. I use a USB wireless device when I work on PCs, to get out to the Internet and download drivers and such.
Well, your wireless adapter most likely isnt the same brand as the router you are using. I have a simple suggestion. Go to a local reatiler like Office Depot, and buy a wireless notebook card matching the brand of your router. If the problem continues, then simply return the wireless card for a full refund.