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Insirion E1505: Missing Wi-Fi device

Insirion E1505: Bios Indicates that Internal Wi-Fi is Enabled however, OS is not reporting the adapter under Device Manager......not sure how to troubleshoot adapter without taking laptop apart

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The WiFi module is loose or disconnected.
With Power OFF, open the WiFi access door and remove and re-seat the WiFi module. That's it!
If you happen to open the wrong access door, then while you are at it, re-seat whatever component you find behind door #1 (memory?). Re-seat it anyway.
Close up the access doors and try WiFi again.
You may have to go to the Control Panel and "disable/enable" the WiFi connection.





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The link below will show you the access door or something close to what you have as well as what the card and wires look like.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1525/en/SM/minicard.htm#wp1181360

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I would not open up one of these animals if I could avoid it! Go to the bios, "Disable" the Wi-Fi. Re-boot and ensure NO Wi-fi AT ALL in "Device Manger". If you have the software for the Wi-fi (May be on the System disk that came with the machine) go to "Remove Programs" and take out any software for this device. Shut down completely. Leave for a couple of mins. Re-start and go into bios. Re-enable Wi-Fi and re-boot. re-install software IF requested. Good Luck! Ian.

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