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Windows 7: NIC probs after reassembling laptop

11 Jul 2012   #1
Microsoft MVP

NIC probs after reassembling laptop

Compaq Presario CQ60 salvaged from trash to practice repasting the processor and try breaking down and reassembling laptop.

Works great at reboot except NIC card will not start itself but requires pressing the wireless button to start it manually every time.

Have switched leads, cleaned contacts, reseated several times. Network is set to start automatically but won't since no device is starting with computer to do so.

Reinstalled to a test partition to see if that would solve it but it appears its hardware prob. Anyone seen this before?

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11 Jul 2012   #2

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Seems there are several models of the CQ60 such as CQ60-215DX, CQ60-417DX.
Do you know the full model #?

Did you look in bios for a setting to enable/disable this?
Did you reset bios to default after re-assembling the laptop?

I found this in a Wireless User Guide:
A wireless device can be turned on or off using the Wireless Assistant software. If a wireless device is disabled by the Setup Utility, it must be reenabled by the Setup Utility before it can be turned on or off using Wireless Assistant.
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11 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Looking for BIOS setting for this sounds like a good idea to me too. I have very limited laptop experience, but I can say that my ACER laptop remembers what state the WIFI and Bluetooth are left in. I don't use the Bluetooth and turned it off with the keyboard button. It stays off on a reboot. Same deal with the WIFI adapter, if it was on when I turned the laptop off, its on when I power up again. I don't remember seeing a BIOS option for this, but that doesn't mean there isn't one or that you don't have one. The only other thing I can think of to check is the Windows Power options to see if its maybe being put in power saving mode.
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11 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1

If the above doesn't work, try updating the BIOS.
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11 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Seen it before on an Acer laptop a friend had. I never figured out exactly why it did it, but the BIOS would be the place to look.
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11 Jul 2012   #6
Kevin Ismail

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Additionally, though this is our very basic knowledge, but need to check the BIOS RTC, just to make sure if your CMOS battery is still good to go. I can only guest like your BIOS setup revert to any default value (disabled).

If it is still good, then ignore me
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11 Jul 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP


Presario CQ60-215DX.

Reset BIOS several times. Updated to latest BIOS version. No LAN listings in BIOS at all except for Network Boot.

No Wireless Asst. installed. This is a Clean Reinstall of Vista, now Dual Booted with a test partition for Win7.
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11 Jul 2012   #8

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Is this setting in your setup, and did you try changing it?

LAN Power Saving (select models only) Enable/disable LAN Power Saving. When enabled, saves power when the computer is in DC mode

Looks like you can download a "HP Wireless Assistant" utility...see if that might help.?
Software & Driver Downloads Compaq Presario CQ60-215DX Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
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11 Jul 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP


Hi David, and thanks -

No LAN power setting in BIOS.

I don't remember ever installing HP Wireless assistant, only uninstalling it. But I'll try it.
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11 Jul 2012   #10

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Regular battery working OK? Power pack always plugged in? maybe its something that needs constant power to remember its state. If the laptop has no battery, or the battery is no good, and your unplugging the power pack when its off. The complete lose of power may make it toggle off. Grasping at straws a bit now.
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