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Can't set up wireless connection

Just got refurbished T43 with no user manual. It won't connect to my wireless router. Is there a switch or something on the laptop that needs to be on? If so where?

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  • acqua Oct 06, 2008

    yes i have the same problem but mine is the T23

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On IBM laptops, you have to hold "FN" key and push the function key that has the wieless icon on it.

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