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Question about Qualcomm-Atheros AR9285 WiFi Adapter


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#1 JosephGPhD

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 02:10 PM

I've been given an old  HP Presario CQ56 Notebook PC.  The processor is the AMD 140 2.30 GHz.  Operating System is Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit.

 

There is a Qualcomm-Atheros AR9285 WiFi adapter listed on the Device Manager, and it is enabled.  Yet, without any wireless USB adapter plugged into a USB port, the laptop doesn't connect to the wireless home network.  So, my question is:  Is the AR9285 capable of detecting and connecting to the wireless network, or is it just a network controller for which an external wireless USB adapter is required for connecting to the wireless network?

 

Thanks in advance for your help.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 08 November 2016 - 03:41 PM

The Atheros chipset should detect your wireless networks. Have you tried updating the driver?

 

http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?swItemId=ob_123851_1

 

If you do decide to update the driver first create a System Restore Point.


Edited by JohnC_21, 08 November 2016 - 03:42 PM.


#3 JosephGPhD

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Posted 10 November 2016 - 05:56 PM

Thank you JohnC.  You are correct - the Atheros chipset has detected the wireless network.  It was actually my ignorance about this HP laptop - I had to press the F12 key that was showing a red light, and that "turned on" the wireless capability when the red light changed to a white light.  All is working well now.



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Posted 10 November 2016 - 05:58 PM

Glad it was an easy fix. Thanks for the update.






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