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Wireless connection disable

I can connect to a wireless signal. I can enable the wireless connection. it just don't turn on. The only thing I did before that happened, I install the Mcaffee antivirus but it was working fine even after it was done scanning. It found 5 virus that it deleted. Could that be a file to turn on the wireless connection?

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  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    The NIC just does not turn on. I can not track any wireless signal. I check the device manager setup and everything seems fine.

    The laptop has two switches: the ewireless and the bluetooth. the bluetooth does not turn on but the wireless light goes on when I turn it on I don't know if that affects the wireless.


  • i_sioson Dec 04, 2008

    i have the sama problem i bought the unit 3 days ago. at my first connection internet icon shown then dissapeared and never came out again now i can not connect though wi-fi. how can i solve this?

  • Rae Henderson May 11, 2010

    I would like to help but first I need some details from you, ok?

    Can you tell me EXACTLY WHAT " just don't turn on?"

     Can you not open a webpage and surf the web? Do the indicator lights on your computer not light up to tell you that you are connected? Could you connect just fine and do what ever you usually do online but then after the installation of the program something changed?



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Click on Start -> Run. Type services.msc in the Run box and hit OK. In the services page, scroll down and look for "Wireless Zero Configuration". Click on that and click "Start" from the left side. Then click on Start -> Connect To. You should be able to see a list of networks.

Note: This is only possible if the Wi-Fi Radio is turned on.

Please rate this if you think it helped.

Thanks, ArnWuLF

Posted on Dec 07, 2008


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So, since I'm not actually speaking to you, I'll ask some questions and give some possible suggestions, directions or something you can search (if you don't know how or where something is located on your computer). It's a good start.

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If the radio was off there would be no signal reading at all.
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2. Your wireless card was not properly installed. Uninstall the drivers, physically remove the device from your computer. Reinstall the drivers. Reboot then shutdown. Reinstall the card. Reboot. Let the "brand name" card software install the card.

3. Misconfigured wireless setup at the computer or at the router. Ensure they match. Particularly note whether the key(s) are open or shared.

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