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(HP dv2418nr, XP, Broadcom wireless)

Wireless connection ICON ( shows at work, does not show at home - same laptop )

"Wireless connections icon" <--- .... the icon in the system tray... the icon in the control panel > network connections > I cannot find it if i'm at home.... but when i get to work the icon is there....

Same laptop.... I cannot see the "icon" at home ... I cannot find it anywhere in the computer... and hence I cannot connect to my home wifi... but when I get to work and start the laptop the icon is in system tray & in control panel > network connections >.. and it connects to my work wifi just fine....

Now...... I'm baffled.... this is like magic to me.. how can this even be possible .. lolxxx.... any ideas.... plz ... many thanks :pray:
 

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For some reason your laptop cannot "see" your wireless router at home, in which case it will not show a wireless network icon anywhere in Windows -- there's no "magic" involved.

Check your router configuration to ensure that it's wireless interface is actually enabled.
Router's are usually configured using any web-browser on a PC or laptop that has a wired connection to the router & typing (in most cases) http://192.168.0.1 in to the address bar, then press the <Enter> key.
 

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hahaha... I didnt mean its magic....
I meant its 'like' magic... its something I cannot imagine happening....

Wireless icon shows at work and just doesnt wana show at home...
that does not make any sense to me... its either its there or its not there...

why would it appear and disappear at different locations...

Anyway... now it stops showing at my work place either...

So I have no WIFI whatsoever... Only way I can connect to internet is by Iphone tethering...

I do believe my NIC is faulty or lose... I dont even know how to open this laptop and look for a NIC card and manually take it out and put it back in ... maybe its just lose in the socket :(
 

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Components inside a laptop are mostly soldered to the main board since once there in place they are intended to remain there for the lifetime of the laptop. They're not designed to be removable by the average joe like the parts inside a tower PC.

HP & Compaq laptops have a reputation for wireless failure owing to them being fitted with cheap wireless adapters which get too hot and self-destruct. It happened to my daughter's Compaq laptop - just after the warranty of course.
So I bought her a USB plug-in wireless adapter for it so at least she has wireless internet again even if it does look naff with a usb dongle sticking out one side!

HP will repair it if it's still under warranty. If it's not they'll charge you. Stay away from HP/Compaq devices in future.
 

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Googling HP dv2418nr parts you will find there ARE wifi cards and antennae available so I would guess they can be replaced somewhat easier than unsoldering.

Maybe not - the poster won't know until it is looked at.
 

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Wow guys... you are amazing...
I think a USB wireless adapter ... may be the best deal for me right now... this is an old laptop... i would say 4-5 years now since i purchased it...

And I did notice it was getting quite hot at the bottom...

Plus I checked prices on a USB wireless adapter and its pretty cheap :)
 

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CCT @ opening up the laptop is not an option for me... I once opened my TOSHIBA to replace something and it has not been the same ever since....

USB wireless adapter .... will be my choice...

Thanks a lot guys... :)
 
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