Dell latitude d800 laptop wireless connecting to internet
Bgt this laptop 2nd hand.Am clueless about laptops.Would love to connect to the internet without plugging into my embarq dsl modem which I use for my PC. Didn't think this laptop had a network card. However by unscrewing a compartment #C on the back I see a networking miniPCI by Intel model WM3A2100 which has little copper looking wires going from one place to another .Am assuming this is a network card hardwired in..but I am a DUNCE to all of this. Seems a long time ago, someone told me to check into the C drive for something and was told I didn't have a network card. I have noticed that many programs, etc have been deleted from this laptop probably before selling. Who knows? I am going buggy trying to figure out what I need to do to set this up. I do have a wireless router installed at my PC, installed by my dgtr so she can use her Dell Inspiron laptop to connect to the internet which works great for her when she is visiting. I am stumped and am not savy with all of this. Any chance someone could give me some baby step easy to understand directions on what I need to do? Have been sick and spend much time in bed and would really love to be able to use this laptop connecting online. OH this laptop is running windows XP 2. Also I note this does not have microsoft word which I need tho my Dell PC which is windows XP has..how can I get MS word on this laptop?? THANKS AHEAD so very much! Diane
Re: Dell latitude d800 laptop wireless connecting to...
First thing to ask you -- if the computer has a wireless card in it, there is going to be a small switch (generally located on the left hand side of the computer (I mean literally the side) that toggles on and off. If you have a wireless card inside the unit, there is the switch (it turns wireless capability off and on). Do you have such a switch?
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When you are home, you should hopefully have a secure wireless connection. When you are not home you willl need to change the access point so you can connect to a free wi-fi connection.
When you want to connect to a free wi-fi connection, do this:
Click Start, Settings, and choose Network Connections. Look at the possibilities for connection assuming your PC is within range and the wireless card picks up the signal. Choose from one of the connections - choose the fastest and best one you can find. NOTE that these connections are usually NOT secure and you should not share personal information or do any banking, credit card purchasing, etc on an unsecure connection. Chatting is ok, but still exercise caution....there are lots of bad guys out there who would love to meet you and steal your identity, banking information...or worse. Better safe than sorry.
When you get back home, you will have to change the connection type back again to your home network so you can re-connect there.
you need the drivers for the nic. you can get them from support.dell.com by typing in the service tag. obviously, you'll need a computer with a working network connection. copy them over on cd or usb drive to the laptop.
i have the same computer. there is a couple things you can try. go to My Network Places and on the left hand side there is a link to view network connections, click that and see if under the wireless network it says disabled. if it does, right click on it and enable. if that doesnt work try uninstalling and then re-downloadng and reinstalling drivers. another thing, on our home wireless network every once in a while i would have to reset my modem and router. i would just unplug them for about 10 seconds and plug them back in. that helped sometimes too
The problem may be the modem has to assign an IP address to your laptop, what you may have to do is plug the laptop into the modem and see if the laptop recognizes the modem with no errors in device manager,
Next turn off the laptop and modem, reboot the laptop then modem for the modem to assign an IP address.