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Go to your device manager and see if it is listed in your devices. To get to the device manager, right click on "My Computer", click "Properties", then click "Hardware" tab, and click "Device Manager".

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Activate bluetooth


hey steven,
The wireless card on this system was an optional purchase at point of sale. If your system came with the card then follow the the troubleshooting steps below.
  • Check the BIOS to ensure the wireless card is detected. Also verify the Wireless setting is turned on and not set to Always Off.
  • If the Bluetooth device is installed, also verify the radio LED is enabled. You can turn the wireless and Bluetooth cards on or off with the wireless switch.
  • If the card does not show up in the BIOS or Device Manager, try reseating the card.
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Jul 18, 2013 | Dell Latitude D530 Notebook

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BASIC Wireless Troubleshooting Steps in Windows XP


<p><b>BASIC Wireless Troubleshooting Steps:</b><br /> <p><b>Verify that the network adapter is being seen by the operating system:</b><br /> <br />Check Microsoft Windows Device Manager and look for an icon that appears as Network Adapters and see if the network card listed in Mini-PCI information table is installed:<br /> <ol> <li> Right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties. <li> Click the Hardware tab and press the Device Manager button. The network card should appear under Network Adapters.<br /><b>Note:</b> If the card has a exclamation mark over a yellow background, then this is an indication that the card is experiencing a problem. Go to Driver download step 5. </li></ol> <p><b>Verify that the radio is enabled:</b><br /> <p>It is possible to disable the transmitter of the wireless card without Device Manager showing any problems. Most wireless cards will put an icon in the system tray (the line of icons in the lower right corner of your screen). Right click this icon and it may have a menu option to enable/turn on the wireless radio.<br /> <p><b>Check for association to an Access Point:</b><br /> <p>If you double-click the previously mentioned system tray icon, the configuration utility of the wireless card will appear. This utility will be able to show the status of the wireless card, showing what channel the card is using and what signal strength is being received. It may be difficult to maintain a connection if signal strength is low due to either interference or distance. For example, interference can be caused by 2.4GHz cordless phones, other Access Points in the area, and physical structures such as load bearing walls or metal partitions.<br /> <p><b>Note:</b> The utility can be used to configure the wireless card settings, but if using Windows XP Zero Configuration or Access Connections, you will need to use those programs to actually configure the wireless card as they will overwrite the setting of the utility.<br /> <p><b>Check the SSID (the Network name of the wireless network you are trying to connect to) and security settings:</b><br /> <p><b>Note:</b> The SSID and WEP key are case sensitive.<br /> <ul> <li> The connection will fail if the SSID is incorrect. <li> The most common security setting is the use of a WEP key. This involves using a 5 digit alphanumeric key for 64bit encryption or 13 digit alphanumeric key for 128bit encryption. Some systems will only allow a hexadecimal (0-9, A-F) key of either 10 (64bit) or 26 (128bit) characters. It may be necessary to convert your alphanumeric key to a hexadecimal one in order to connect properly. </li></ul> <p><b>Note:</b> It may also be necessary to temporarily disable the security features in order to check for basic connectivity.<br /> <p><b>Verify that the most recent driver for the adapter is installed.</b><br /> <p><b>Verify the hardware compatibility with the Access Point:</b><br /> <p>Often, vendors of Access Points will add features to improve their product. Unfortunately, these extra features are not always compatible with all hardware. Consult the product documentation for the Access Point about the possible need to disable these features. Also, there are often new firmware updates to an Access Point that may solve some issues. Again, consult with the Access Point manufacturer for updates.<br /> <p><b>Verify that TCP/IP (or other appropriate protocol) is properly installed:</b><br /> <p>To check this: <br /> <ol> <li> Right-click the My Network Places icon and select Properties. The wireless card should be present as Local Area Connection. <li> Right-click the appropriate Local Area Connection and select Properties. In the Properties window, make sure that the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is installed. <li> If TCP/IP is not installed, click Install, click Protocol, and then click TCP/IP. <li> Once installed make sure that Obtain an IP address automatically, and Obtain DNS server address automatically are checked (if using DHCP). To verify this, highlight the TCP/IP protocol, and select Properties. </li></ol> <p><b>Note:</b> Only use a Static IP Address if your network/Service Provider requires one. <br /> <p><b>Verify the TCP/IP address:</b><br /> <ol> <li> Click Start, select Programs, select Accessories, and then click Command Prompt. <li> Type the command, ipconfig. This will list the IP address for the local machine. <li> If this returns a 169.x.x.x or 0.0.0.0 address, then type the following commands, ipconfig /release and then ipconfig /renew. You should then receive a TCP/IP address appropriate to your network, along with a Default Gateway address. <li> Try to communicate with it by typing this command ping x.x.x.x where x.x.x.x is the IP address of the Default Gateway. <li> If this does not give a reply (see the example in step 9) or you did not receive a TCP/IP address, go to the next step.</li></ol> <p><b>Ping the loopback address:</b><br /> <ol> <li> Click Start, select Programs, select Accessories, and then click Command Prompt. <li> Type the command, ping 127.0.0.1. This will send a message to the internal network stack on the machine. You should see a response like this: </li></ol> <p><b>Pinging 127.0.0.1 with 32 bytes of data:</b><br /> <p>Reply from 127.0.0.1: bytes=32 time&lt;10ms TTL=128<br />Reply from 127.0.0.1: bytes=32 time&lt;10ms TTL=128<br />Reply from 127.0.0.1: bytes=32 time&lt;10ms TTL=128<br />Reply from 127.0.0.1: bytes=32 time&lt;10ms TTL=128<br /> <p>Ping statistics for 127.0.0.1:<br />Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),<br />Approximate round trip times in milliseconds:<br />Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms<br /> <p><b>Verify that the hardware is functioning using diagnostics. </b><br /> <ul> <li> Run diagnostics on the wireless card. </li></ul> <p><b>Install latest Service Packs for Operating System or Network Client:</b><br /> <p>It may be necessary to install Service Packs for either the operating system or for any additional network clients that may be installed. Contact the software vendor for these updates which are usually free downloads.<br />

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I have ibm t20 2647 laptop i just install new window and i couldnt find wireless option now ?


Most T20 models did not have wireless built into the computers by default. You may have to add a wireless adapter to your computer. To verify whether or not you have a wireless card, open the middle cover on the back of your computer (with the computer unplugged and the battery removed) ... you should see a small card about the size of a business card next to an even smaller card. If the larger card has two antennae wires connected to it, you have wireless. If not, you don't have built in wireless and will have to use a USB or PC Card adapter.

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IBM Thinkpad laptop Wireless connection not working laptop is asking to switch on wireless switch- "Where is it?"


Verify that the radio is enabled.
It is possible to disable the transmitter of the wireless card without Device Manager showing any problems.
Note: Follow the instructions provided to enable wireless card.
  • Most wireless cards will put an icon in the system tray (the line of icons in the lower right corner of your screen). Right click this icon and it may have a menu option to enable/turn on the wireless radio.
  • Some systems come with a Wireless Radio switch to disable the wireless radios. The wireless radio switch is usually located on the front side of the machine. If you are having difficulties with wireless connections, make sure the Wireless Radio switch is set in the On position.
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See if this works....

-Press menu key
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-Select Mobile Network
-Click on "START PROVISIONING"

It should give you a message saying: PROVISIONING COMPLETED SUCCESFULLY.

You wont need a MSL code if you do it this way.

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Is this a new card you've installed or have you reinstalled the OS?

First verify that the card is enabled. Go to control panel, network connections and select wireless. If the button says Enable, click it and your card should communicate.

If there's no wireless setup to enable check the driver:

Go to control panel, select system, hardware, device manager, network adapters and select your wireless card. Then run the troubleshooter to get the card to work.

If the hardware isn't there to be selected, you don't have a driver installed for that card. Go out to the manufacturer's website and install it.

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Check the BIOS to ensure the wireless card is detected. Also verify the Wireless setting is turned on and not set to Always Off.
If the Bluetooth device is installed, also verify the radio LED is enabled. You can turn the wireless and Bluetooth cards on or off with the wireless switch.
If the card does not show up in the BIOS or Device Manager, try reseating the card.

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Go to hardware section and look under network adapters to see if you have a wireless card installed. Default setting if a card is installed is on.

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ensure that the wireless adapter switch on the pc is turned on.
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