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Vanishing Network adapter and resuorce problem

By Edward Beyer
Jun 16, 2014
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  1. I have a HP 650 notebook that is in ok condition with Windows 8 OS. It uses a Ralink 3290 wireless adapter for my wi-fi needs. For the past three months, my adapter has been vanishing! I look at the indicator in my bar, and it shows no device available. I open up the Network and sharing Center and select the change adapter settings, and the only thing showing is an ethernet connection that I don't use. I can sometimes get the adapter to return by using the find and fix devices option on the search menu, but sometimes even that doesn't work. I've even been getting the "This device cannot find enough free resources (code 12)" message for the Ralink PCIe from the troubleshooter. while I did see an article on this elsewhere, I had some trouble understanding it. Can anyone help me figure out why this is happening to my laptop? Thanks for any help you can provide.
  2. Frozwire

    Frozwire TS Member Posts: 62

    You might need to update and install the laptops chipset drivers. And also try to update the driver for your wireless adapter from the manufactures site or from the HP support page.
  3. hopgop1

    hopgop1 TS Enthusiast Posts: 192   +22

    Have you tried re-seating the adapter? It sounds like a bad connection to me.
  4. Edward Beyer

    Edward Beyer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I actually had less trouble with is when I rolled back the drive, so I wonder if the drive itself had been corrupted. I also cant move the adapter as the HP 650 notebook I have has all the internal hardware integrated. SO annoying!


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