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Hello i cant seem to get get my wireless working anymore..it used to work fine but now the icon is gone from the taskbar and when i go into control panel and click on the wireless assitant, nothing happens at all

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I think your system has a hardware switch to enable and disable wireless networking.
Please check, because if it is disabled using the hardware switch, you can not use the wireless device.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008

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