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I just got a free Laptop from a lady. I had to replace the dead HDD which was easy enough, but now i just installed windows 7. I don't even see the option to start a wireless connection. I am currently connected with a Ethernet cable.

When i look at device manager I see:

Network Adapters:
Realtek RTL8102E/RTL8103E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet NIC (NDIS 6.20)

Under Other Devices:
Network Controller
PCI Simple Communications Controller
Unknown device

Ive tryed updating all of these and they cannot find any updates
    
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have you tried to going to the laptop's manufacturer's website?

My laptop did not connect with wi-fi until i got dribers from the manufacturer
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i know this sounds dumb but it happens to people i know all the time.... there are embeded function keys attached to many of the "f" keys. often times one of them is turn turn on and off your network adapter to save batery when not in use. make sure that is turned on.
    
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i know this sounds dumb but it happens to people i know all the time.... there are embeded function keys attached to many of the "f" keys. often times one of them is turn turn on and off your network adapter to save batery when not in use. make sure that is turned on.
This..

also: this may sound odd too.. but when you are connectect to ethrenet the wifi options go away.. just incase
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No its not that button. I have it enabled. i just dont see an option to set up wifi even when i have my ethernet unplugged. Ill try going to the HP website once i get home though
    
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This..

also: this may sound odd too.. but when you are connectect to ethrenet the wifi options go away.. just incase
My thought exactly. Take out the ethernet line and look for unidentified networks in the start bar.
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No its not that button. I have it enabled. i just dont see an option to set up wifi even when i have my ethernet unplugged. Ill try going to the HP website once i get home though
That's what you need to do
let us know if that does it
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As stated, drivers.

"Network controller" is a generic device name commonly indicative of lack of specific drivers installed.
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Hey just letting you guys know that it worked! Im typing this wile on my WiFi network
+rep all!
    
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