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Compaq Presario A900 Wireless Wont Turn On

I can't seem to turn on my wireless device, the switch is turned to the correct position however the light will not change from Amber to Blue. I? have attempted to manually turn on via the support pages however this is not working. The option to Manually set up a wireless connection has also disapeared. please help

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-- do you have the wireless connection ikon in network connections, -- if yes try to find the wireless networks in range by right clicking on the ikon and than get connected. check if that works.

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