Replacing notebook wireless adaptor

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  1. dcl

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    Hey guys,

    Recently picked up a new notebook (one of thes for damn cheap) and am not happy with the wireless performance. Replacing the adapter seems easy enough, but I've got no idea what to buy. What are some good notebook adapters?

    It appears that HP don't really allow 3rd party or unapproved adapters, I'm trying to track down a list of approved ones now. Anyone ran in to similar issues before? How did you resolve it?

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  2. SuiCid3

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    Will a USB wireless dongle do?
    That would be the easiest solution.
     
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    Thought about this. Will good wireless dongles perform as well?
     
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    ive got an asus 701 and the wireless is fail.

    so i bought this from 9289 and works much better.

    it will be very hard to get an internal card.
     
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    Looks like I can get decent Intel and other Atheros half mini cards from ebay without too many dramas?
     
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    fair enough, just choose one that is compatible with the mb / has existing drivers
     
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    Trying to work out which is compatible now. :) I'm concerned given the budget nature of my notebook, I might not have very good prospects.
     
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    I forgot laptops had PCMCIA/mini card clots :lol:

    I thought you were talking about replacing the onboard wireless chip haha
     
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    Oh! LOL

    Well, I guess if you want to keep it descreet then yeah.
    But I don't think it'd be worth the hassle when a dongle can be bought quite cheap and will probably do a better job as well.
     
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    Turns out none of the Intel wireless cards worth buying will work in my laptop. HP are very specific about which are supported and the system won't boot without an approved card installed. :o
     
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    So they still whitelist wifi cards in the BIOS? Bastards!
     
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    Blah, i thought they would have stopped doing that crap by now. I last copped it with my old IBM R30 and figured they'd have pulled their collective fingers out of their arses with this stuff.
     
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    you kidding me. they are still at it. yes it sucks donkeys balls but they still do it.
     
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    I was on the live chat support thing with someone from HP for about 40 minutes last night. He flat out couldn't give me a direct answer to the question "Will any standard (unapproved) wireless card work in the notebook?". I asked it like 3-4 different times and got real roundabout answers. He even said that if I'm not happy about the performance I should reset the BIOS and reinstall the drivers :o

    On the 3rd/4th time, I said I'm not interested in any of the 'solutions' he was providing and that I only wanted to know what was compatible, he said he was 'unable to predict' if any unapproved cards would work or not.

    Anyhow I've ordered an Intel 6200 from eBay for $25AUD. If it doesn't work, no biggie, can palm it off to a mate.
     
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    thats because its not a common question, and with laptops its incredibly rare to use aftermarket hardware (as it voids warranty)
     
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    I would have thought they would have known whether or not it was doable or not. Especially if its a company policy to have a whitelist in the bios for approved hardware.

    Anyhow, we'll see how it goes when it gets here.
     
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    Well i attempted to install the Intel 6200 Wifi and it was a no go. Error 104 unsupported hardware detected. :(
     
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    Great,
    You could try talking to them again and let them know the error you are getting and specifically request a list of known working wifi adapters from them. Assuming there wasn't a stupid "warranty void if removed" sticker across the wifi access panel, which would be just daft.
     

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