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HP Pavilion laptop will not connect to the internet

Last Modified: 2015-06-25
HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 with W7.  There is no Ethernet port on this system.  Wireless is the only connection method.  The system will see my access point (all other of my systems connect fine) but will not connect to the internet.  I've done all of the "usual" stuff and do not want to list them but none worked.  These actions were extensive.  Interestingly, I was able to connect via Safe Mode which implies something is causing the problem when booting in "normal" mode.  A clean boot allowed me to boot and connect but even though I added one start up item at a time, and finished adding them all (checking each time if I had a connection), upon a restart, I was back to zero.  

I'm doing another regen from the factory image.  BTW, I tried to use a restore point before the updates from my previous regen but that did not allow me to connect either. The wireless adapter seemed to work fine but after doing the first set of 169 MS W7 updates, I have the same problem.  No connection to the web.  Is there a way to determine which of the 169 updates are associated with the Atheros AR 9485 adapter?  That may not be the issue but I'm at a loss of what else to try.  

One thought...if we purchase a USB wireless adapter, is there a chance that this will work?  The system is too good to toss.  It has a nice i5 processor, plenty of memory and a 750 GB drive.
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