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My wifi icon has disappered on my toolbar and wont connect. was okay then i left it and internet connection is gone.

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Hi there

It's important to see if you still have a wireless connection... start finding out in a couple of ways.

Go into Control Panel, Network connections, you should see the Wireless Connection listed.
Then check the status, it may be disabled. If so, right click it and select "Enable".

Also check if the wireless indicators on the laptop show it's on. There may be a switch on the laptop which turns on the wireless card.

Lastly, check if there's a problem with the wireless card:
In Control Panel, select Performance and Maintenance, then System. Select the "Hardware" tab, then open Device Manager. If there's a problem with the wireless card there will be an exclamation mark by it. If so you may need to reinstall the wireless card.

If you want more help please tell me the make and model of the laptop.

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Usually WIFI is Disabled/OFF if you typically use a wired LAN connection, and a lot of systems only allow you to have One Or The Other on at one time, otherwise it would not know which method to send your internet and network traffic.

So, you may have to Temporarily Disable the LAN connection before you can Enable the WIFI connection.

If your dell has an antenna sticking out of the back, then you have wifi, otherwise I believe this model needs a wireless card. If you do have wifi, here's how to turn it on.

- click Start,
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click the down arrow on the right and choose either Large Icons
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- you will now see your wireless network if the adapter is on,
if it is not on, chick on Change Adapter Settings on top left
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2. Wireless Connection
- right click the Wireless Connection,
- choose Status

> the next window lets you Enable your wireless device, check its
Properties, or Diagnose connection issues.

Let me repeat from above:
Usually WIFI is Disabled/OFF if you typically use a wired LAN connection, and a lot of systems only allow you to have One Or The Other on at one time, otherwise it would not know which method to send your internet and network traffic.

So, you may have to Temporarily Disable the LAN connection before you can Enable the WIFI connection.

Just reverse this later if you want to go back to a wired connection on the desktop machine. I use all WIFI at home, then I connect my laptop by a cable to my router if I have an issue to solve, which is maybe once every two years.

It's easier when you are doing it than it may seem just reading this.

Hope this helps
All the best to you,
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Right click on the internet icon in bottom toolbar open network and sharing set up a new network or set up a new router or access point it will then search for any internet connected devices.
Right click in bottom toolbar select toolbars desktop this will place Desktop >> in the toolbar click on >> then control panel Network and Internet , internet options all control panel all items internet options connections set up a new connection.
Make sure the never dial a connection circle is ticked.
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?docid=420860 - Issue0_1
http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?docid=420860 - Issue0_3
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