HP530 Laptop - Wireless problems

Intel Pro/wireless 3945abg pcie wireless...
September 26, 2009 at 19:42:05
Specs: Windows XP, 1.83GhzDualCore/2.0GBRam
I have a HP530 business laptop that exhibits the symptom of WinXPPro not recognizing/activating the built-in Intel3945ABG Wireless card.

The card is turned ON in the BIOS, but Windows (and the HP supplied driver) won't see the card.

I have worked through this problem with HP tech support (on the phone, and in a chat session), where they remoted into the laptop to attempt a fix, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

Now, here's the hilarious part.... I swapped out the HDD, and installed Linux (Fedora) last week, and the wireless card works perfectly.

Has anyone here seen this kind of problem, and what do you think the solution could be, to get wireless networking under Windows?

Thanks, in advance

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September 27, 2009 at 06:15:53
did you disable the anti-virus, firewall and all other security software, before installing the driver?


when booting the cd, there is a option to run from the ram, so no need to install to the HD, if all else fails. Could also buy a pcmcia card.


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September 27, 2009 at 07:57:49
Windows configuration:

No windows firewall, no anti-virus/spyware, the embedded mini wireless card just dosen't seem to work under Windows XP.

I have an Proxim Orinoco Gold 802.11 b/g 8470-WD PCMCIA card that works GREAT under windows, but I'd like to get the internal card working.


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September 27, 2009 at 08:50:23
maybe try Intel's driver, instead of Hp's. Nothing to lose right?

uninstall the old driver first, then run ccleaner


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September 27, 2009 at 09:04:08
Intel driver sounds like a good idea. I will try that later today.

I'm pretty sure it's not virus/spyware, as I'd done a reinstall from the HP restore CD (completely clean system), and still had no wireless activity until I installed the Orinoco card & software.

Might try Windows 7 also, to see if that has better results than XP.

Thanks, again

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September 27, 2009 at 09:16:07
the purpose of ccleaner is to clean-up remnants of the old driver, after uninstalling it.


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