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Re: where is the wireless button on t42 thinkpad
There's no hardware switch to activate and deactivate the wireless networking, but pressing Fn and F5 brings up a menu that allows you to turn Bluetooth on/off, WiFi on/off or both. It seems like IBM isn't satisfied with standard toggle buttons like other notebook manufacturers - even pressing the Fn and F7 buttons to switch between internal and external screens, brings up a menu with multiple display settings and resolutions.
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How to turn on the wireless switch on the laptop or notebook
If you have issues in finding the wireless switch on the laptop to turn the wireless on you can referthe below list 1.Dell D600 & D610-Key Board-Fn+F2 2.HP NC4000 & NC4010-Button-Above Keyboard 3.HP NC4220-Button Left Side of Laptop Near USB Port 4.HP NC6000 & NC6220-Button above Keyboard 5.HP NX9010-Button in front side of laptop 6.HP Omni book 6200 Button on Left side of laptop 7.IBM T43 & X32 Keyboard combination Fn + F5 then Click "Turn On" 8.Toshiba M1 & M2 Switch Left side of laptop towards front 9.Toshiba R100 Switch on the Right side of laptop 10.Toshiba TE2000 Switch on the left side of laptop by Volume ctrl 11.Toshiba Tecra 2100 Switch Left side of laptop by Volume ctrl
12.Sony Vaio - switch on front left 13.Dell - FN,F2 or FN,F8 or FN,F12 14.Acer - FN,F5 15.IBM / LENOVO IBM General - Some models have the wireless slide button on the side of the laptop. IBM DV series - use the antenna-like button found on the upper section of your keyboard. IBM R40 - Use the FN+F5 key-combo. IBM ThinkPad (General) - Most have software switch or button on Left hand side. Lenovo T-61 - Slide button on the front of the laptop 16.MEDION General - Fn+F1 or Fn+F2 17.MSI General - Antenna-like button close to the power switch U100 - Fn+F11 18.PACKARD BELL Easy note B3600 use the Fn+F1 Easy Note E2/MV46/008 - Fn+F1 Easy note W7730, Antenna-like wireless button on the side of the laptop. MZ36-U024 - Fn+F2 19.PHILIPS General - Fn+F2 key combo X54 - Antenna-like button close to the power switch. 20.SAMSUNG General - Blue button found in the middle section of the keyboard
There are three ways to toggle the wireless switch on/off, 1st, Fn + wireless button (F2 or F5), 2nd, the wireless switch on the side of the laptop, 3rd, it can be enabled or disabled under BIOS setup (Tap F2 when turned on the laptop).
Hi. Here is a diagram of your laptop. It looks like your wireless switch is turned on by hitting a combination of two keyboard buttons. The Fn key and the F2 key. Locate the Fn (function) key, and locate the F2 key. Then press the Fn key and hold it down. Then press the F2 key and it should cycle back to on. If that does not work. Click on start, my computer, on the left, my network places, view network connections. Double click on your wireless connection, and it should enable it if it is disabled. Thanks for using Fixya!
The fn key is the function key. I am sure that helps a ton. The fn key works like a shift key, changing the buttons marked fn, like volume, screen brightness, etc. The use is that you press and hold the function key, and press teh function button and then release both.
Common uses are to turn off the mousepad, while typing, and to set screen brightness while under battery....
For most IBM ThinkPads, the shortcut key to activate wireless is Fn+F5. I am not so sure about this model, but you can try. If this doesn't help, check the Device Manager and make sure it's shown on the devices lists. By default wireless is activated once the driver is installed on almost all IBM ThinkPads. You problem could be driver corrupted or missing. The best resolution is reinstalling the driver so that it'll not fail. If the problem persists, then it could also be your wireless card failure. You better check it twice.
There are lots of variables here - First I would toggle the wireless on/off hotkey on the computer (Fn-F2 I think) - Hit the "Thinkpad" button by he volume buttons above the keyboard to get online help.