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Compaq presario wireless button no longer working

I have a button on my compaq presario r3000 that turns the wireless on for me. I cant get it to light up anymore therefore keeping me from connecting to my wireless.

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There is a mechanical problem with the R3000 wireless button and volume-down button where they seem to push fine but are in fact failing to make electrical contact. I know of two work-arounds.
* Try pushing the button with a capped pen, gently at first, and then with increasing pressure. (Not so hard you break the plastic, please!) I suspect this gives the buttons just enough extra "oomph" that contact is established.
OR
* Push up on the battery compartment while pressing the buttons. If the battery is in, you can acheive this same effect by putting your laptop on a table and popping up the screen, then applying downwards pressure on that corner of the laptop body while pushing the button. I suspect this aligns things properly so that the button is able to depress just a hair further.

You may even find that these actions "loosen things up" enough to cause the buttons to work like new for a little while. I hope this works for anyone reading this!

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You can still enable the wireless network without the button on the laptop....

For Windows XP:

  • Goto "Start"
  • Goto "My Network Places"
  • On the left menu select " My Network Connections"
  • You will now see your network adpters , right click on the one that says "Wireless Network Connection" and hit "Enable"
For Windows Vista:
  • Goto "Start"
  • Goto "Control Panel"
  • Goto "Network & Internet"
  • Click "Network & Sharing Center"
  • On the left menu click "Manage Network Connections"
  • You will now see your network adpters , right click on the one that says "Wireless Network Connection" and hit "Enable"
Also if your button's on the laptop not working (like your wireless button) you may need to reinstall the software for them to work again....

You can download the software here:

Windows XP: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareDownloadIndex?softwareitem=ob-31502-1&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=442915&os=228&lang=en

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