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Connecting to my home wireless

My IBM T42 thinkpad does not find my wireless signal. My PC has no problem connecting, but I cannot figure out what the problem is with the laptop. I also notice this problem when trying to connect to some public wireless networks.

It's driving me CRAZY!

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Does it find a signal? do you get an error message? if so what is that message. if it does not find a wireless signal do you have the the wireless turned on most of the IBM thinkpad has a switch on the side of the computer to turn the wireless connection on and off. make sure it is on. please answer the 2 question above for more help

Posted on Dec 13, 2007

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    Paul Dec 13, 2007

    another thought do you sometimes connect with a network cable. the thinkpad software some time hands and trs to give the IP address to the network card vs the wireless card. open your control panel and go to network connections then right click on the network card and disable. try to connect with the wireless. if this works leave then network card disabled until you need it then you can enable as needed

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How can i turn on wifi?


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which operating system ?
For the most part, IBM has switched its focus away from personal computers and more towards large business items such as servers and networks. However, it is still possible to use and purchase an IBM Thinkpad. These are IBM's version of the laptop. A majority of IBM Thinkpads still use Windows XP and offer the function of connecting to WiFi, as long as the connection has been properly configured.

Power on the IBM Thinkpad and wait for it to completely boot up. Right-click the small wireless desktop icon in the bottom right corner of the screen. Select "View Available Wireless Signals" from the pull-up menu. This is going to load a small window that displays all of the available WiFi signals in the area. There are going to be padlock icons next to the signals if a password has been placed on them. Click on one of the WiFi signals to which you want to connect. If a password is required, you are going to be asked here to type it in. Wait a few moments for the IBM Thinkpad to connect to the WiFi signal. The computer is going to display a small message window once the connection has completed. You have now finished the configuration, and you can begin to surf the Internet.

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Where is the wireless switch located on the IBM thinkpad T42


Unlike the newer laptops, the T42 doesn't have it's own wireless switch. So in order to get the wireless working, you need to also make sure that the Power Management driver and the Hotkey driver are installed as well.

Load the drivers in this order:

1) Power Management driver - http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-4GXPEG
2) Hotkey driver - http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-68000
3) Wireless Driver - http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-70504
After downloading it, you must go into C>Drivers>Win>Wlanint and run the setup file from there.
4) Access Connections (Optional) - http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-4ZLNJB

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There will either be a switch on the side of the machine or it will be fn and one of the funtion keys, look for an image like this:

http://hpshopping.speedera.net/www.shopping.hp.com/shopping/images/overview/wireless_black.jpg

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My wireless connection keeps disconnecting and then keep acquiring for network address but never connecting. My other laptop works well with my wireless router. I could reconnect to wireless by plugging in...


You may need to update your Wireless drivers:

Unlike the newer laptops, the T42 doesn't have it's own wireless switch. So in order to get the wireless working, you need to also make sure that the Power Management driver and the Hotkey driver are installed as well.

Load the drivers in this order:

1) Power Management driver - http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-4GXPEG
2) Hotkey driver - http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-68000
3) Wireless Driver - http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-70504
After downloading it, you must go into C>Drivers>Win>Wlanint and run the setup file from there.
4) Access Connections (Optional) - http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-4ZLNJB

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Go to the IBM/Lenovo WEB site - support/download page and download the latest Windows XP or Vista device drivers for your model computer, Use this link :-
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/product.do?template=%2Fproductselection%2Flandingpages%2FbrowseByProductLandingPage.vm&sitestyle=lenovo&brandind=10&validate=true
You can download the various drivers and then you click on and run the various driver files, they will then unzip and expand into a folder on C:\drivers Then install the various drivers from this folder.
Then you need to connect to a wireless router which is connected to your Internet Service Provider. The wireless card in the Thinkpad needs to be configured with the wireless router's settings (ie SSID, WAP or WEP encryption etc) for the wireless card to communicate with the wireless router.

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Are you using IBM SW or Windows to manage the wireless? Occassionally, the IBM SW has issues with certain model routers and encyrption types.

You can also try unchecking the "Allow Computer to turn this device off to save power" in the adapter properties and

Adjusting the power on the wireless device to the max. By default IBM sets it in the middle to conserve power.

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Could you give more info as to what it's doind exactly, any errors, showing the network but not connecting, radio disabled, etc..?

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What exactly is it doing when trying to connect at home?

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There are lots of variables here - First I would toggle the wireless on/off hotkey on the computer (Fn-F2 I think) - Hit the "Thinkpad" button by he volume buttons above the keyboard to get online help.

If that doesn't do it let us know.

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