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802.11g Network Adapter Radio Control Switch

I'm trying to connect to the internet on my laptop. It's a Gateway 7415GX and it's supposed to have a 802.11g network adapter in it. I've done everything I can to set up a wireless network but I get the message "Te radio on your 802.11 network adapter is still disabled. Use the hardware radio control switch to enable it" We have a 2Wire wireless modem through SBC. Our other laptop works just fine with it. If I plug the Gateway in with the cord, it has internet access. This is driving me insane! I've looked all over and I can't find any switch anywhere on the computer! The only switch on the bottom releases the battery!

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Re: 802.11g Network Adapter Radio Control Switch

It's not a physical switch, and they really should put more thought into the error messages they write. To "flip" the "switch" you hold down your function key and hit F2 (you'll notice a little symbol on the F2 button - that's the "radio switch"). After that, just right click on your wireless connection and choose repair.

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Re: 802.11g Network Adapter Radio Control Switch

Excellent is wasnt the F2 on mine, but another top line key, this gave me an enormous clue.....also the 'not looking for a physical switch'

Brilliant......Many thanks

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Re: 802.11g Network Adapter Radio Control Switch

Turning the radio button on, on my stone mr502 laptop

Posted on Feb 16, 2010

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Re: 802.11g Network Adapter Radio Control Switch

Very important--you have to hold down the "function" key first, then hit the F2 button.


Posted on Jan 09, 2010

Re: 802.11g Network Adapter Radio Control Switch

Hit Fn + F2 3 times.

I had the same problem with my Broadcom card. This enabled the radio.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

Re: 802.11g Network Adapter Radio Control Switch

Which key is the function key you refer to?? I have an Acer Aspire 5000 laptop

Posted on May 13, 2008

Re: 802.11g Network Adapter Radio Control Switch

Thanks Dylan....

I had the same problem.... did a "google"... found this entry and tried the fix. Worked for me also on the Acer Aspire 3000.

Have a wonderful day........thanks a bunch!


Posted on Mar 10, 2008

Re: 802.11g Network Adapter Radio Control Switch

Dylan thanks you saved me lots of headaches.


Posted on Oct 14, 2007

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You rock!  Your additional detail on "right click on your wireless connection and choose repair" gave me a tip on right-clicking on the inverted V like icon in the lower-left corner of Windows and choosing  Connect To then Wireless Network.  Problem resolved.  Woohoo!

Thanks a million!

PS My niece's laptop is a Gateway MX6214.

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Re: 802.11g Network Adapter Radio Control Switch

It works thank you

Posted on Nov 17, 2007

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Try FN+F2 to toggle the wireless radio on / off. Also check to make sure that driver has the radio enabled. (right click on the network adpter select properties. Click on the advanced tab. verify that radio on/off is set to on.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009

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