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No longer searches for internet signal/connection.

I am a novice with laptop terminology so please bear with me... I was given an Apple G4 laptop that used to automatically search for an internet signal/connection (I have not yet paid for internet service). Once a connection was found, it usually would offer me 3 choices, I'd choose one, and log-on without problem.
A few months after I got it I encountered some problems (it kept freezing up) and had my friends IT dept. of his company fix it for me. Since I got it back, the laptop no longer searches for a web connection. I'm wondering if something may have been disconnected when it was being fixed? Because I live in a neighborhood with hundreds of students, I doubt that everyone has password protected their internet service. Can someone offer advice on how to possbily restore the auto search feature before I commit to purchasing internet service? I use internet pretty infrequently (and kinda broke!) and am reluctant to buy web service. ---thanks much for any help

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Hi there,

First, is your Airport Card (wireless networking card) installed? Go to System Preferences, then Network, and see if the Airport Card is enabled. If not, make it so and re-try.

If it shows Enabled (green dot when connected), you should be able to pick-up signals.

I'd also click on the Configure button (when Airport is selected) and check the TCP/IP button - the Configure IPv4 menu should have DHCP selected.

If your card is installed, turned on and not searching for a signal, you may have to break down and buy a new one (eBay or the like).

If you can provide any further details (like precise model info - PowerBook or iBook, what version of the OS, and perhaps some screen-shots of various dialog boxes or error messages - - use key combination of Apple/Command + Shift + 3 for the whole screen, or Apple/Command + Shift + 4 to click-drag-select the area with your mouse/pad), I may be able to provide more in-depth assistance if that's needed.

If this solves the issue, please rate it accordingly.

Thanks in-advance for using Fixya.com,

Jon

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In the upper left corner of screen click blue apple -> location -> automatic , also you can look at Applications->Internet Connect.
Side note - if you are using other people's wireless without their express consent, this is now on the law books as illegal and they are beginning to prosecute more and more people for this very thing, it is simple enough for them to catch you as well. It would be much less expensive in the long run to purchase legal internet services.

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