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Hp compaq nc6230 wireless button wont turn on

My wireless worked fine, but I switched to a new internet plan when I moved (same provider). The service tech that installed my internet could not turn on my wireless, as pushing the Wireless button above the keyboard did nothing. It still says "wireless is turned off". I cant find any buttons or switches on the front or side of the laptop, Any help is appreciated!

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    Cindy Bennett Dec 27, 2013

    Thanks everyone. Turned out it was a firewall! Im a non techy and worked it out this morning. Pretty sad when when the Centurylink service tech's entire "expertise" consisted of "the button doesnt work".



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The manual in the PC covers this, at
it tells all steps to get a wifi chip (card /module) working.
first is BIOS. on old PCs like this. (F10)
running VISTA., what, you never said, and all OS setups are different as is what BIOS is there, (sold many years, with different BIOS) F.13 is the newest BIOS on this platform.

the first one was WINDOWS 2000, then XP then VISTA
we cant guess any of that.

here is the pages you did not read.

the correct book matches what you own.
in all cases at

see wireless select models (means some had no wifi)

page 7 here, answers your question

it shipped from the factory with that BIOS wifi bit turned one
so someone turned yours off. (or coin cell is failing)
it says go to setup, in HP parlance that means go to BIOS pages.

The F10 key is BIOS pages, ROM code setup pages)
and for sure wifi is there.
on the older units we install a USB WIFI DONGUL. wifi.
the windows 2000 has no wireless i think..

there are no ISP techs that can know all 1000, BIOS made for 20 years, sorry that like 1month class just that.. and a waste.
that is your job, your PC and your BIOS,
keep the manual while its still at HP , soon it will be all gone.
10 support., it is.
now you know the truth.

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This drove me nuts! Thankfully it turned out to be as simple as:
1) Press F10 promptly after powering on to enter boot menu
2) Navigate to "Advanced" tab (via the arrow keys) and select "Device Options"
3) Enable "Embedded WLAN Device Radio"
4) Make sure to select "Save Changes And Exit"
5) Proceed to start-up, switch should now be on and wireless connectivity functional.
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Check your function keys, Typically all laptops even those that have a wireless switch has a way to turn on your wireless card using Function Plus the key assigned to your laptop. check the keyboard for the wireless icon and press function and that key.

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I had that same problem, I turns out about a day later I dropped the laptop on accident and it started working again. I would not advise my way of getting the button to work again.

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SOURCE: wireless radio switch

Page 13 will show you the radio switch. It is the 4th button.

Wireless switch Turns the wireless feature on or off, but
does not create a wireless connection.
✎ A wireless network must be set up in
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Click on start> Control panel> network and internet connection> from left pane click on view network connection after that right click on the wireless adopter icon and select enable.
this will resolve the issue if it is not helpful
try to check wireless driver from

1) Go to Start, right click My Computer and then click on Properties.
2) System Properties window will appear. Go to Hardware tab and click Device Manager.
3) Device Manager window will appear, and you can check all hardware drivers' status here. Scroll down and look for Network adapters and expand it, then right click the wireless adapter you want to check and click Properties.

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FN+F2 is given to disable and enable the wi-fi means once you will press it the wifi will turn on and in second attempt it will turn off.

Check in device manager whether it is showing any wireless ethernet controllerand if not then install.


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