Wireless Module Not Supported[FIX]

Last week after a bios update I faced an issue with an HP Spectre X2 G3 tablets. Upon restarting the system after a BIOS update, it gave me a “Wireless Module not supported” message. The full error message read something like:

Wireless Module not supported
The system has detected a wireless module installed in the system is not supported and has been turned off.
WWAN Module ID (703)
POWER BUTTON – Power off
ENTER – Continue

WWAN Module not supported: Troubleshooting

Like any sensible person would do, I thought this was a driver issue since the system got updated. So, I tried to look for the module under the device manager but could not find it. My understanding was that it’s not showing the WWAN Wireless module since there is a conflict with the hardware’s drivers.

Next, I downloaded and ran the HP Softpaq to download the latest driver for the module. This did not do much since there was nothing like a WWAN Wireless Module listed under the HP Softpaq drivers catalog. I even did a BIOS upgrade, but still no luck.

I did a bit of research and found out that it was a common issue that some users face especially after a BIOS update. Some even said that they had to get HP to replace the WWAN module on their laptop since the update froze the module.

Wireless Module not supported: I fixed it

After trying everything that I thought I could, I decided to get into the BIOS and see if I could do some troubleshooting there.

I tried doing the following:

  • Updated the BIOS from the options
  • Reset BIOS to the default
  • Restarted the computer
  • No luck, I still received the Wireless module not supported message

Downgrading the BIOS Fixed the Issue

So, if you have an HP tablet/laptop you can do the following.
(You will have to be connected to the LAN to do the following. If you do not have access to a LAN connection skip this)

  • Shutdown your tablet/laptop
  • Power it on again and hit the “ESC” key continuously until you see the “Entering startup option” on the bottom left corner of your screen
  • Go to “Enter BIOS settings” or something similar
  • Find the option to download/update the BIOS from the network
  • If you can’t find this option, please read the rest of the post to see if those options might help you solve this issue
  • It prompted me that the BIOS that is about to download is an older version and if I was okay to downgrade it. I hit the “Rollback BIOS” option, let it do its thing and restarted the tablet
  • Upon restart, the “Wireless Module Is not supported” message was gone
  • When I logged in, I could see that the tablet was detecting the sim card that was installed
  • If you don’t have a Simcard installed, if you check your available network connections, you should see that the “Insert SIM” option should be back up
READ:
How to Fix Windows Update Error in Windows 10?

How to downgrade you BIOS if you donot have a LAN connection

Before we downgrade your tablet’s BIOS version, let’s find out the version that is currently installed.

How to find out your current BIOS version in Windows
  • Hit the Windows key on the keyboard or click on the flag icon in the bottom left corner
  • Type in “System Information” and open the System Information App once it loads
  • On the next screen, you can find the BIOS Version/Date
  • Note it down
Downgrading/Updating your BIOS
  • After you have found your BIOS Version/Date, go to google search
  • Type in a BIOS version that you think might be an earlier version
  • For eg. my BIOS version is 1.15. So I can find a BIOS version 1.14 and download it
  • You can even try to download the BIOS from last year as your last resort if you cannot find anything other versions for the BIOS
  • Proceed with caution because if you install the wrong version of the firmware might brick your system
  • Install the BIOS update as you would install other applications
  • Restart your tablet and keep your fingers crossed
  • If everything goes well you should not see the “Wireless Module Is not supported” error message

If you have other ways that can fix the WWAN Module ID (703) – Wireless Module not supported issue, do let me know in the comments down below.

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