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Where is the wireless button on t42 thinkpad

How do I find my button to turn on my wireless, or is it a function key
Fn or F2

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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.
Hope this helps,
David

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

  • Karl Perry Jun 28, 2013

    These buttons don't bring up a menu it just increases the volume

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I have a IBM thinkpad R40 type 2896 and my wireless is turned off. How can I turn it back on.

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