I have an HP Pavilion dv6400 series laptop with an NVidea chipset which is the subject of a class action lawsuit. The symptom (PDF) that I'm experiencing is that the system fails to recognize that there is a wireless adapter installed. It doesn't appear in Device Manager.
Is there some way, short of installing a new adapter, that I can work around this problem?
The system is running Windows Vista Home and has the latest BIOS (F42) and Windows updates and drivers.
See this related question where I ask how to use an old Windows Mobile phone as a Wi-Fi (not cellular data) tether.