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WIFI I can't seem to activate the WiFi ability of this machine. The on/off switch on the front panel has no effect to function. Checking for wireless networking under the Network Connections screen shows no wireless connection. However when I use PCMCIA WiFi card everything works as advertised. Do you think there may be a hardware problem with the built in WiFi? Thankyou.

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  • gary530 Nov 15, 2007

    hi all can't seem to activate the WiFi ability of the travelmate 8100. The on/off switch on the front panel has no effect . Checking for wireless networking under the Network Connections screen shows no wireless connection.



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Sounds like one of these problems.

1) The wireless hardware is turned off in the BIOS. Reboot and check to see if there is an entry in the BIOS for the embedded wireless card and if so make sure it is set to ON.

2) The hardware is not recognised because the drivers are not properly installed. Check in DEVICE MANAGER to see if the wireless appears at all, and if it is in an error state. If so, re-install latest drivers from the manufacturer's web site.

3) Other software necessary may be missing. Some machines have wireless manager clients that they need to access the card. Check on the manufacturers' web site for these utilities, and if found, install them and reboot watching for new (different) problems to arise.

4) You could have buggered wireless hardware, but this seems pretty unlikely. Some wireless cards are add-ins and can be removed from the laptop motherboard by accessing them through a door on the bottom of the unit. If that is the case with your machine, power down the unit and remove the wireless card. Check in the hardware manager to make sure no device errors for the card remain, and if they do, remove the hardware by right-clicking on the error device icon and clicking on REMOVE HARDWARE. Then, power down and re-insert the wireless card and reboot and try a clean install.

Good luck...

Posted on Nov 16, 2007


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