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ecw90

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First off, hello, I finally joined the forum after using it a lot to fix problems! I cannot find a solution to this issue.


I have an HP ENVY H8-1414 desktop.
My internal wireless adapter is a Ralink RT3290 802.11bgn.


When I go to the right of the screen to connect to my network, it just says no networks found. My laptops and other devices work fine though connecting to my network.


In the control panel the Wi-Fi adapter is disabled, when I try to enable it, it says "Enabling" and then "Enabled" but remains Disabled. I also have a USB Wi-Fi adapter (Belkin) that I have tried and it recognizes it in the network adapters but still to the right, it says no networks are found. The Wi-Fi light is lit on the front of my PC.


To get internet on my desktop, I am using Internet Connection Sharing with an ethernet cord from my laptop to the back of my HP Envy desktop. This works fine, but I'd like to not have to do that, haha.


I tried downloading the drivers from HP's website, then uninstalling the WiFi adapter in my Device Manager (checked the box to the delete the drivers too). I ran the HP exe for the drivers and they installed them and I restarted as requested. Still nothing.


I'm an IT student majoring in Network Systems Administration and I usually never get stumped, ever, I just solve it myself or use Google, haha.


Properties of Wi-Fi adapter in picture. Those two unchecked boxes, I don't know what they mean (still a sophomore going for my AS lol) looked odd to me.


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I checked the Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver box and hit okay, it didn't help. If i try to enable the other one, it tells me that I am actually disabling it?

I'm stumped.


Anyone have any ideas or what other info do you need?


Thanks for reading!

PS:

I ran a system restore to a couple days back but once it comes back to my desktop, it says the restore failed. I will try an even older system restore, if that will work. Right now I am going to boot into safe-mode with networking and see if it works, to eliminate any third-party software issues. Reporting back soon.

UPDATE: Back from Safe-Mode land, still nothing helped, not even the Belkin USB. I know it must be something small and simple... or I hope.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Ultimate x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY H8-1414 desktop
    Other Info
    My internal wireless adapter is a Ralink RT3290 802.11bgn.

chev65

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I'm not clear on this but did the current driver ever work correctly?

Is your router set up with WPA2 security with AES encryption, have you tried updating the firmware on the router?

Do you have any third party anti virus software installed on this system?

Have you tried using a different driver? This one might work for you.
Ralink 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Adapter | HP® Support
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built
    CPU
    Q9650 @ 4.05 GHz
    Motherboard
    Gforce 780i SLI FTW
    Memory
    8GB Gskill DDR2 1200Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX-480
    Sound Card
    Asus D2 Xonar
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HannsG
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Gskill 120GB SSD
    PSU
    Thermal Take 1000watts
    Case
    Thermal Take Xtreme
    Cooling
    9 fans air cooled
    Keyboard
    G15 logitech
    Mouse
    G9 logitech
    Internet Speed
    50mbps

ecw90

New Member
Solved!


I booted to safe mode and restored to about two weeks ago to a point labeled "Windows Critical Update" and all is well. Thank you for your input though, I don't know how the problem occurred but at least its fixed for now. Creating a fresh restore point as we speak.

That driver you linked is the one I ended up using before and there was still no go. It couldn't be my router because I have neighbor's and none of their SSIDs showed up either, but my other wireless devices worked. Weird.

Thanks again though.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Ultimate x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY H8-1414 desktop
    Other Info
    My internal wireless adapter is a Ralink RT3290 802.11bgn.

znod

New Member
Power User
Were any Windows updates undone when you did your system restore?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Rig; MacBook Pro (MBP)/Parallels/Boot Camp; HP Pavilion dv6500t Laptop
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600K (sometimes OC'd to 4.8 GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Rev B3
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 570 SC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gateway
    Hard Drives
    Dual Boot:
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on OCZ Revo x2 and
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on Caviar Black SATA 3's
    PSU
    Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
    Case
    Cooler Master 932 HAF
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Internet Speed
    20 Mbps Download/2+ Mbps Upload
    Other Info
    Pioneer Blu-ray Burner/DVD Burner

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