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Wireless Switch My laptop is a Presario2100 (not a 2100T). I have had it for just over three years. Naturally, 2 months after the warranty ran out, something stopped working on my computer. My wireless switch will not turn on. It probably isn't a card problem, because it will not even turn on enough to tell me whether or not it senses wireless networks. Instead, the switch itself seems to be broken because I push the button on the front right corner, and absolutely nothing happens. Is there a way to turn on wireless without the hard switch? Or is there something I can do to fix the switch?

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  • MiaV123 Jun 13, 2008

    I also, unfortunately, have a Compaq Presario R3000 with a broken wireless switch. It's irritating to not have wireless and I was wondering if there are any Compaq gurus out there who can (preferably in layman's terms) tell me how to turn my wireless on!

  • Anonymous May 21, 2009

    i have a compaq 2100 also and with the same problem but i was able to go to the connection manager and connect my wireless even though the button and light dont work



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From your description I agree, its probably a damaged switch. I never recommend anyone taking apart a laptop unless they are a mechanical whiz, have experience with laptop disassembly or can afford to break it beyond using. As far as turning the built-in wireless card on without the switch there might be a way. I don?t have a Compaq laptop to experiment with, however, my Dell Latitude BIOS settings has a setting to automatically turn on the wireless card at boot-up. Perhaps yours does too, during your laptops initial boot process get into your BIOS setup menu (press F2 or if that doesn?t work F10 keys). Look for an option relating to your built-in devices or wireless device. My Dell setting is fairly ovious: "Turn on wireless device". If you find a simliar option turn it on, reboot and look for the wireless adaptor. Another option may be to buy an inexpensive UPS wireless adaptor. You can pick them up on Ebay for around $30, not as spiffy as the built-in but probably a lot cheaper than paying a repair shop to fix a three year old laptop. Good luck.

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Roll Back the driver. You must use the Broadcom driver from the Compaq website. Driver version: Driver Date: 4/21/2005.

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I was have the same problem. The easiest way to fix is shut down, on start up hit F12. Continue to windows and your wireless will start right up.

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