My last laptop had a switch on it to turn on the wireless, easy peasy, but I can't see one anywhere on this laptop. Whilst looking through the settings and programs on my laptop it did show me that it does contain a wireless device so i don't understand. Why the difficulty?Help!
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Re: HOW DO I ENABLE WIRELESS?
Have a look for a switch around the side's of the laptop, if there is not one there you may have to use the keyboard to activate it, look at the "F" keys at the top of the keyboard for a symbol that loos like a broadcasting aerial/ antenna, if you find this key hold down the "Fn" key and Press the key you found, that should activate the wireless, just give it a minute or so to pick up networks
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Step 1: In order to connect to a wireless network and the Internet on an IBM Lenovo machine, you must first enable wireless networking via your computer's operating system. Allow about five minutes to enable your IBM Lenovo computer's wireless capabilities.
Click the Windows logo in the bottom left of your screen. Select "Control Panel" from the menu. Click the "Network and Internet" icon in the Control Panel. Click "Network and Sharing Center." Right click "Wireless Network Connection" icon. Select "Enable." Enable Wireless via Switch Check your IBM Lenovo laptop for a wireless networking switch. It is usually on the front of the computer above the keyboard. Slide the wireless switch to the "On" position. Look for a wireless light on the front of the laptop. In some cases a light will come on to indicate that wireless networking is active. Other switches, when active, reveal a green strip of plastic.
You might deleted your driver to wireless connection or you perhaps upgraded Service Pack to higher version. If your wireless connection will work on lower SP then that device won't work or vice versa.
Another thing, try to check connections. Click menu and look for connections and try to enable wireless connections.
It's important to see if you still have a wireless connection... start finding out in a couple of ways.
Go into Control Panel, Network connections, you should see the Wireless Connection listed.
Then check the status, it may be disabled. If so, right click it and select "Enable".
Also check if the wireless indicators on the laptop show it's on. There may be a switch on the laptop which turns on the wireless card.
Lastly, check if there's a problem with the wireless card:
In Control Panel, select Performance and Maintenance, then System. Select the "Hardware" tab, then open Device Manager. If there's a problem with the wireless card there will be an exclamation mark by it. If so you may need to reinstall the wireless card.
If you want more help please tell me the make and model of the laptop.
does the non working wireless card still show up in the device manager?
if so does it show up as installed or with error?
if not is it enabled in the bios?
Also i have seen people accidently turn off the internal wireless card by pressing the little button on the laptop without realizing it or on some laptops the internal card can be turned on and off with function key combination..
On some models when you turn off the internal wireless card with the litttle switch the card will still show up in the device manager as installed and look ok but will not find any networks at all...
and right clicking on the icon and selecting enable radio does nothing untill you phisically turn it on with the little switch
there should be some sort of light or indicator somewhere on the laptop that lights up when the wireless is on..
According to the specification of your laptop it has built in wireless adapter so there is no need to install or purchase one. If your having problems getting a wireless signal from your router check if the wireless button/radio/switch is enabled/turned on. Usually its on the left hand side near the bluetooth switch or Fn+F2 will do the trick.
If you're running XP
Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, Network Connections, Right Click on your Wireless and Select 'Enable".
If it's a physical switch on the laptop then you need to turn it on. Check the sides of the laptop.