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I have just bought a recon ibm t42 and I cant get the wireless broadband to work. The antenna LED is not illuminating at all. Also when I plug it in to my router I don't get a connection and so have no way of connecting to the internet at all. (This mail sent by another PC!)

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It is probably broke. I suggest to get a new one.

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