Thanks for your reply. I realise any physically similar card will fit, but apparently HP operates a whitelist on some parts via a BIOS recognition so you are only able to use the exact replacement part(so they get more money).
I havent been able to find any actual list of models or parts that are on these lists though so I was hoping someone who has actually tried an alternative could tell me the experience they had.
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April 6, 2009 8:43:27 AM
Oh dear, I've occasionally encountered the same whitelist thing when replacing CD drives in Dell laptops -- it's just nonsense as all the drives connect and work identically.
If this is true of HP too you know which brands of computer not to buy next time.
However, keep looking because there's a limited range of original manufacturers in wireless cards and you are likely to find a unit which fools your computer into thinking it's an "original HP" part.