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    Same Wireless Card or Upgrade?

    Got a friend with an HP laptop, about 1-1/2 years old, in which the Broadcom wireless card appears to have died. I can get a replacement card from HP (b/g), but I'm wondering if it's a) possible and advisable to go with a different card?

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    Re: Same Wireless Card or Upgrade?

    John,
    Laptops can sometimes be very "picky" regarding replacement components. Your safest route is of course from HP but if you do some shopping around, you would have to be SURE that it states compatibility with that particular make and model. The mechanical fit being one of the prime considerations.

    Personally, with a laptop, I would go with the manufacturers brand.
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    Re: Same Wireless Card or Upgrade?

    >> Your safest route is of course from HP but if you do some shopping around, you would have to be SURE that it states compatibility with that particular make and model. The mechanical fit being one of the prime considerations. <<

    So internal wireless cards aren't necessarily of standard dimensions and connectors?

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    Re: Same Wireless Card or Upgrade?

    >> will become bricks *IF* the correct replacement is used <<

    I take it you meant if the correct replacement is NOT used?

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    Re: Same Wireless Card or Upgrade?

    Oops... you are correct - I forgot to put the word NOT in.

    I'll update my post to reflect the correct statement. Thanks!
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    Re: Same Wireless Card or Upgrade?

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by cbaldrey on 30-Apr-08 15:04. Replaced a missing word as stated by JJDetroit (thanks!).)</P>I don't know about the HP units, but I've heard that one of the major manufactures have notebooks that will become bricks *IF* the correct replacement is not used, or even if the defective unit is removed and not replaced.

    You might find it desirable to purchase a USB or PCMCIA wireless network card. Sometimes they're more cost effective too <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Same Wireless Card or Upgrade?

    >>>So internal wireless cards aren't necessarily of standard dimensions and connectors?

    I seriously doubt that. The nature of the laptop. One size fits one, not all.
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    Re: Same Wireless Card or Upgrade?

    Dell uses an internal slot known as "mini-PCI" and offers both Intel-branded and Dell-branded mini-PCI cards. The slot sounds standard, but I haven't actually researched compatibility.

    Neither PC Cards nor USB dongles can use your built-in antenna(s), so there definitely is a convenience factor to replacing the internal card.

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