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Wireless not working, when my laptop is switch on, the wireless will show it is working but when the computer is ready to use, the wireless switch will just go off and I can never detect any wireless network even there is network. It says, maybe the wireless buttom is off or a combination key to release the lock. PLease help me how to get this wireless buttom light working or combination key to release the lock ( if there is one ) Thank you

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Most laptops employ a Function key "Fn, F(Sub/superscript in Bold)"

First examine your keyboard looking for keys with symbols or words in a different color, this color should match the color of your function key.

If there are no other colors, then size should be your indicator. Keys like letters may have small numbers near them, this number is your Fn+ That key result.

Look for an icon like a radio tower, and Press and Hold Fun, Fn, F (depending on your situation) and hit that tower key.

You should see a result on the screen.

If this is a Dell Laptop check your QuickSet for "Always enable on battery" under your wireless/power-saving settings.

If you have no Fn key, and no Radio Tower icon in site, visually inspect the sides of the machine for a switch or button.

HP's generally have a button near an LED lens
IBM Dell and others have switches
(none of these are definite, simply a generality)

Lastly, check your BIOS/ Setup Menu for related Wireless/Networking/Communication settings, make sure to enable your wireless, regardless of power saving options.
(F1, F2, Esc, Delete, F12 Depending on the manufacturer )


Good Luck, Let us know what you find.

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Enable / Disable an Enterprise Laptop's Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi, short for Wireless Fidelity, is networking technology that allows you to connect to the Internet. If you have a wireless-enabled Latitude computer you can connect to the Internet when in range of an access point called a hotspot.
When not in use your Latitude's wireless card should be disabled. By disabling Wi-Fi, you will receive two benefits:
Start-up times will be much faster.
If the wireless card is ON and you are out of the office (not connected to your normal, wired connection), the laptop will try to use the Wi-Fi network during the login process to run the various start-up scripts, etc. It will eventually time-out (fail). By having the wireless card turned OFF, the start-up process will be much faster.
Computer will not continually search for a wireless network (and waste battery life).
If you are in the office (connected to your normal, wired connection) or in a location where there is no wireless hotspot, you don't need to have the computer waste processing power by looking and looking for a wireless hotspot. By disabling Wi-Fi, you will gain a little more power for your other tasks. In addition, you will maximize your battery operating time by disabling wireless activity.
NOTE: After your Latitude has started up completely, you can ENABLE the wireless card and connect to a wireless hotspot. For example, a wireless router at your home or at a local coffee shop. If you have connected to this hotspot previously, the wireless card should connect automatically for you.
NOTE: Once you have the wireless card enabled, before you shut down the computer, you should again DISABLE the card. The computer will then be ready for the next time you turn it on with wireless turned off.
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My computer keeps losing the wirelsee internet, and does not show my wireless to connect to. After I push diagnose and repair it wants me to turn on my wireless switch that is all ready on.


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It is required to install the Wireless LAN Utility Update and Wireless LAN Driver Update in the Computer to fix this issue.

Here are the link to download the Updates.

Intel Wireless Network Adapter Driver Update

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=VGNN220EW&upd_id=4751&os_id=28

Wireless Switch Setting Utility Update

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?mdl=VGNN220EW&upd_id=2970&os_id=28


Please download and install the Updates in the Computer. Also please restart the Computer after each installation for the settings to take the effect. This should fix the issue with the Wireless.

Good Luck!

Hope this helps.

Please post back if you require further assistance.

Thanks for using Fixya.

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>Try to detect wireless networks

>comments suggestions ratings and violent reactions will greatly be appreciated

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Does the router's "SSID" show up in the output?

Connect an Ethernet cable between the Ethernet-port on the router and the Ethernet-adapter on your laptop.

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