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Laptop not connenting to internet, wireless broke?

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My internet (i am on virgin media) went off my laptop about a week ago, it wasnt working for a few days then it rqndomly came on again for one day but the next day it had gone off again, it has not worked since.

I rang up belkin, the company of my router and hey had no idea what they were on abuot and didnt help me at all. i went into a local shop to ask and they looked at it and said my wireless as broken. I called HP and they said it will cost £260 to fix and i cant afford that as i have other things like uni and driving lessons to pay for.

I am presuming they are correct that my wireless in the laptop has broke but is there any other way cheeper of getting it to work, they said something about a usb dongle but i dont know what that is, will it work and where could i get one from?

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If your wireless device is broken as they are saying you can find a replacement USB adapter for fairly cheap. When I say cheap I mean less then $30 USD. Go to your local technology superstore or online and just make sure that it supports 802.11g and 802.11b as the standards. If it also does 802.11n that is great as well.
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