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Re: wireless card to work
Look on the card Get the Manufacturer and model from label (Dlink, USRobotics, Belkin, other...) ex: USR 9200 Goto www.scroogle.org and do a search on Manufacturer Model Driver where the search will look like this USR 9200 Driver and hit enter
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you may have a poor or failing wireless card in your laptop and more than likely it is part of your motherboard and would be very costly to replace. Assuming your wireless router is good, get a wifi card for your laptop. Quick way to check your router is to have a friend bring over their laptop and check it when it is acting up.
Your friends wireless card in the laptop has to be configured with your wireless router's settings, eg. the WEP or WAP encryption, SSID etc.
Check the router's settings and the wireless card settings in your laptop, configure your friend's wireless exactly as your laptop.
Sometimes the wireless receiver can only connect with the signal in a location where the signal is strongest, in your own house, for example. If you carry the pc outside or elsewhere, it might not be able to connect because other wireless networks will not allow you to pirate their connection. Usually these require a password to logon. There is nothing really wrong with your pc. If you don't like this, you could try searching for an updated driver for your wireless card.
If the wireless card is about the size of a thick credit card then it is a PCMCIA card device. This card plugs into the PCMCIA slot on either the LH side or the RH side of the laptop.
You need to install the wireless card driver on the laptop and configure it to communicate with your wireless router which is connected to your Internet Service Provider.
This wireless card can also connect to the Internet on free WiFi sites.
As you are a novice, you will need a computer savy friend to help you or your friendly computer shop.
1. Connect a pc to the router using a cable (wireless won't work) 2. Open a browser and type in: 192.168.0.1 3. Login with username: admin password: (blank) 4. Browse around the menus until you find a setting similar to "use as access point" and select it. 5. Save settings and log out. 6. Connect a cable from a port on your main router to this router's internet/wan port.
So u can connect to the router, but you arent allowet to access the internet?
The router gave your dell a new ip-number, but it dident gave you access to the net. You ned to do the settings in your router manual, let the router give your dell full access.
Go into the wireless configuration and see if the radio is enabled. The switch is for manually enabling and disabling the radio, if the radio has been disabled in the configuration then the switch will not work. The other thing you can do is, uninstall the wireless drivers from the device manager and reboot. The machine will find the wireless and reinstall the drivers. This should get it back up and running. NOTE- the radio is the terminology used for the wireless receiver, since the wireless card works on frequency it is considered a radio.
The only XI-300B wireless pc card I could find, is made by Zcomax Technologies, Inc, and is a Type II PC Card, probably branded by Casio. You can see it here to make sure: http://www.zcomax.com/ look under products, then 802.11b - (11 mbps)
The driver is here:
There is a manual and some other things you can download for it as well.
Let us know how it goes for you, and if you need additional help.