HP Envy 17 laptop only about one year old with windows 8,
the wireless adapter has disappeared from the device manager list, the only item now listed is the ethernet adapter,
i do not suspect malware/virus as the problem, however i did scan with malwarebytes and avg they both came up with nothing, adwcleaner came up with about 5 items which i removed......no change,
problem is still the same while running in safe mode,
when i go to control panel > network there is no wireless listed there, once again only the ethernet (which does work fine when plugged in)
i have made sure airplane mode is turned off,
there are no switches or F* buttons to turn wireless on or off,
any other options?.....or is it safe to assume the wifi chip/adapter is dead???