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    Disable HP 655 Wireless Button.. Hmmmm

    You would think this is easy.. I cannot find a solution anywhere!

    I need to disable the Wireless button on 30 HP 655 laptops. What is the easiest way that you can think of?

    Preferably something that does not involve stripping down each one! The button is on the keyboard so desoldering/disconnection is not an option. As far as im aware the HP quicklaunch driver is not installed on these, unless WSUS has pushed it.

    Matt

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    Piece of gaffer tape over the switch? Is there any setting in the BIOS?

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    Maybe something like this if there is not an option to disable the button in the BIOS:
    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    One thing that you could try is tapeing over the wireless disable pin on the mini pci card. I think that the intel ones are 11 and/or 13. Simple crack the laptop open pull the wifi card and put a little bit of cellotape over the pin. The wireless disable key no longer works given that it is no longer connected all without causing damage to the laptop. The input pins should be standard as otherwise you would be limited to only certain minipci wifi cards in laptops which does not seem to be the case.

    Toshiba Satellite 1135-S1552 WiFi Networking Problem - TechSpot Troubleshooting
    After completing this, the hardware (and Fn key) seem to have no effect on the state of the wireless. (the LED doesn't light up either, so don't get discouraged if you don't see a green glow) at least the card finally does, it seems to have something to do with how Toshiba uses pins 11 and 13, i wonder if there is a jumper inside the laptop that could be switched insead of covering those? Right now i'm just glad it works. Pass this on to as many people as possible, perhaps we can save a few man-hours.

    Solution: Cover pins 11 and 13 on your m-pci wireless card (even pins are on the bottom side, the odd are on the top. For orientation, the "top" of the card is where you plug the two antenna in.

    While facing the "top" of the card count to pin 11 and 13. (from the "cut" in the card over, don't forget to count the lone pin as well "1,2") cover both pins 11 and 13 with tape (or as suggested in the post, finger nail polish) Place card back, start laptop, and you should be able to configure it from there.

    | |||||||||||||~<- (pin 11,13 bold)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
    Piece of gaffer tape over the switch? Is there any setting in the BIOS?
    Theyd soon have that ripped off Gaz! No setting in the BIOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Maybe something like this if there is not an option to disable the button in the BIOS:
    I saw you'd posted this on another thread and was going to try it when I get back to the school (Another primary I support has had "the call".)

    I'm hopeful this works, but unsure what to use!

    Matt

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