Re: Wireless Network card question.
An all in one printer I bought a while back had me do this. It starts the installation and installs files and drivers, then at a certain point in the installation it asks you to plug in the printer and turn it on, then it finishes the install.
However, I wouldn't know how this would work with a wireless adapter. I have a Linksys wireless g pci adapter and it didn't say anything about that. I have done a clean install of windows and installed the drivers with the card in the slot the whole time and everything worked good. You should be alright.
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'