Go to your favorite search engine. Search for HP wireless/ motherboard problems. Be amazed at the threads you find! This isn't a few here, a few there. This is pretty much guaranteed to happen to your HP.
But it didn't happen to yours. Not within the time-frame that you paid for, at least.
If this were something I could fix myself, like a desktop for $50, sure, I'd do that. But, even I blanch a little at opening up a laptop, although that may be next.
Why would you have to open your laptop? A $50 card will fix the problem for you. That is cheaper than an extended warranty when you buy the laptop.
And I certainly admire those with enough disposable income and elastic enough schedules to grind their lives to a halt and pull $1000 out of their pocket for a new computer. Oh wait, that would be TWO computers, because I'd have to but a new one for my kid.
If money is a problem, buy a desktop instead of a laptop. A laptop that lasts 3 years of regular use is actually quite good. A desktop should last a decade if it is cared for properly.
Yes, if I didn't care if my laptop worked when I needed it or not, I'd buy any old thing thing. But companies like HP make their reputation, which they feature prominently in their ads, by building and selling a reliable product.
Yours lasted as long as they said it would.
Also, I was thinking of upgrading to a newer model, and if HP thinks it's going to be another HP, ooooh think again. Toshiba? Dell? Custom model? Why would I give my business to a company when two out of two computers I owned by them broke?
That is the most sensible thing you've said in this thread. If you don't like a company's products, don't give them your money.