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How do we switch between normal network & wireless network on laptop. i've got ibm thinkpad t42, service pack2, xp

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The 2 network should be automatic.
if you connect a wire to the ethernet port the "wire" side should be able to detect it and use that.
if you have a wireless hub in range the wireless should be able to detect it and connect you to it.
if you have both in the same area. the higher MPS(higher speed) take priority. but usually the wire take first shot.
you will have a pop up to tel you which one is not being used or disconnected.

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Does my thinkpad 42 have a wireless switch? We cant find any networks in range but time warner says my routers good and system properties are good


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IBM ThinkPad T42 is a Series number rather than a Model number.

There are various models in this series. Some models have Wifi capability. Others don't.

Look underneth your notebook to see the full model number, then check here for the exact specifications for your specific model:

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T42

I hope this helps.

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Connecting to my home wireless


Does it find a signal? do you get an error message? if so what is that message. if it does not find a wireless signal do you have the the wireless turned on most of the IBM thinkpad has a switch on the side of the computer to turn the wireless connection on and off. make sure it is on. please answer the 2 question above for more help

Dec 13, 2007 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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How do i locate the wirelss switch of ibm t42


The T42 ThinkPad does not have a wireless switch. When the wireless driver is installed then the wireless card is automatically switched on.
To download the wireless driver - follow these instructions.
The same model ThinkPadcan have different types of network, video and audio drivers and unless youknow exactly which one is installed in your ThinkPad, you need to download allthe drivers and install each driver until you find the right driver. When you download thedrivers, write down the device driver and it's file name so you have a recordof which driver you are installing and which directory the unzipped files arelocated on your hard drive. Go to the IBM/Lenovo WEBsite - support/download page and download the latest Windows XP or Vista devicedrivers for your model computer, Use this link: - http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/product.do?template=%2Fproductselection%2Flandingpages%2FbrowseByProductLandingPage.vm&sitestyle=lenovo&brandind=10&validate=true You can download thevarious drivers and then you click on and run the various driver files, theywill then unzip and expand into a sub folder on C:\drivers Then install thevarious drivers from this folder (run the set-up file).

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My wireless card on my T42 ThinkPad doesnt pick up wireless networks. I'm not sure its even installed.


Check Device Manager to see if the wireless card is enabled and working. If it has a yellow ? against it then the wireless card driver was not installed.
Some model ThinkPads have different network cards drivers and unless you know exactly which one is installed in your ThinkPad, you need to download all the network drivers and install each driver until you find the right driver.
When you download the drivers, write down the device driver and it’s file name so you have a record of which driver you are installing and which directory the unzipped files are located on your hard drive.
Go to the IBM/Lenovo WEB site - support/download page and download the latest Windows XP or Vista device drivers for your model computer, Use this link: -
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/product.do?template=%2Fproductselection%2Flandingpages%2FbrowseByProductLandingPage.vm&sitestyle=lenovo&brandind=10&validate=true
You can download the various drivers and then you click on and run the various driver files, they will then unzip and expand into a sub folder on C:\drivers Then install the various drivers from this folder (run the set-up file).

Dec 28, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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Am I paying for this already? I need to know how to turn on my wireless on my IBM T42 so I can access the internet and connect to my home network...please advise...


Go to the IBM/Lenovo WEB site - support/download page and download the latest Windows XP or Vista device drivers for your model computer, Use this link :-
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/product.do?template=%2Fproductselection%2Flandingpages%2FbrowseByProductLandingPage.vm&sitestyle=lenovo&brandind=10&validate=true
You can download the various drivers and then you click on and run the various driver files, they will then unzip and expand into a folder on C:\drivers Then install the various drivers from this folder.
Then you need to connect to a wireless router which is connected to your Internet Service Provider. The wireless card in the Thinkpad needs to be configured with the wireless router's settings (ie SSID, WAP or WEP encryption etc) for the wireless card to communicate with the wireless router.

Oct 12, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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Where is the wireless button on t42 thinkpad


There's no hardware switch to activate and deactivate the wireless networking, but pressing Fn and F5 brings up a menu that allows you to turn Bluetooth on/off, WiFi on/off or both. It seems like IBM isn't satisfied with standard toggle buttons like other notebook manufacturers - even pressing the Fn and F7 buttons to switch between internal and external screens, brings up a menu with multiple display settings and resolutions.
Hope this helps,
David

Mar 10, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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Ibm thinkpad t42 switch for wireless network


The T42 has a bulit-in wireless network adapter and a LAN network card. T42s most likely have an Intel wireless card or less likely a Cisco wireless card.
Your wireless network adapter may have been disabled in the BIOS
and/or
The drivers for the wireless network controller has not been installed.

To check the network adapter go to the Control Panel, Click on System, click on Hardware Tab then Device Manager. Then scroll down and click on Network adapters. If you don't see your network controller or you see a yellow ? against Other devices for the Network controller. Then either it has been disabled and/or the driver was not installed.

To get the driver for the network controller you need to dowload it from the IBM/Lenovo WEB site their support/download page from a computer that has Internet access. Make sure you select your laptop model and the driver for your Windows version.
Install the driver and you then need to configure the wireless adapter to suit your wireless router settings before you can access the Internet.

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