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I have the same exact problem..

My wireless adapter on my IBM laptop keeps disapearing and I can't find a way to turn it on. You are correct, Fn and F5 does not work for me either.. I can't find any solution, I tried downloading adapters but nothing is working...

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Right click "My Computer" >> "properties" >> "Device Manager" make sure there are no yellow ! or red X over your network card Also a lot of IBM notebooks have a physical switch to enable/disable your wireless card

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How to turn on the wireless switch on my IBM T42


There isn't a switch on the T42. (I'm using one to write this). the Function (Fn) key toggles the adapters but only if the correct utility is loaded. That is on the lenovo site called 1qkcb9ww or 8jvu12ww. Not sure which controls those features. If Fn+F5 doesn't do it...
You otherwise usually get that message when there is a network adapter conflict and sometimes if the driver has become inactive which it does not too often. Try first disabling any other network adapters like Ethernet and maybe even the infrared network adapter though I doubt that could be it. Mine is disabled anyway. Do this in 'Network connections' from control panel for the Ethernet or with Device manager (Systems>hardware>device manager) if you never use a wired connection. If that doesn't help try reinstalling the drivers from the Lenovo site.
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Nov 22, 2011 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

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How to turn on Wireless Switch on your Laptop or Notebook PC


How to turn on the wireless switch on the laptop or notebook

If you have issues in finding the wireless switch on the laptop to turn the wireless on you can refer the below list
1. Dell D600 & D610-Key Board-Fn+F2
2. HP NC4000 & NC4010-Button-Above Keyboard
3. HP NC4220-Button Left Side of Laptop Near USB Port
4. HP NC6000 & NC6220-Button above Keyboard
5. HP NX9010-Button in front side of laptop
6. HP Omni book 6200 Button on Left side of laptop
7. IBM T43 & X32 Keyboard combination Fn + F5 then Click "Turn On"
8. Toshiba M1 & M2 Switch Left side of laptop towards
front
9. Toshiba R100 Switch on the Right side of laptop
10. Toshiba TE2000 Switch on the left side of laptop by Volume ctrl
11. Toshiba Tecra 2100 Switch Left side of laptop by Volume ctrl


12. Sony Vaio - switch on front left
13. Dell - FN,F2 or FN,F8 or FN,F12
14. Acer - FN,F5
15. IBM / LENOVO
IBM General - Some models have the wireless slide button on the side of the laptop.
IBM DV series - use the antenna-like button found on the upper section of your keyboard.
IBM R40 - Use the FN+F5 key-combo.
IBM ThinkPad (General) - Most have software switch or button on Left hand side.
Lenovo T-61 - Slide button on the front of the laptop
16. MEDION
General - Fn+F1 or Fn+F2
17. MSI
General - Antenna-like button close to the power switch
U100 - Fn+F11
18. PACKARD BELL
Easy note B3600 use the Fn+F1
Easy Note E2/MV46/008 - Fn+F1
Easy note W7730, Antenna-like wireless button on the side of the laptop.
MZ36-U024 - Fn+F2
19. PHILIPS
General - Fn+F2 key combo
X54 - Antenna-like button close to the power switch.
20. SAMSUNG
General - Blue button found in the middle section of the keyboard

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How do you turn on wireless on ibm t41 laptop pleses


IF.. you cant use a button/slider, and there is no FN key set to turn it on, control panel / network devices / right click on the wifi adapter and enable

Jul 18, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T41 Notebook

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I have an ibm R51 and the radio is off and it keeps telling me to turn it on to use wireless but never works.


Look for the wireless on/off switch of the wireless adapter. Usually it is located infront of the computer right beside the LED indicators. Make sure that the switch is in ON position. If not infront, look on the side. You can also enable/disable the wireless network card by pressing Fn + F5.

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How do I turn on the wireless on an IBM ThinkPad 2628 A20m Thanks in advance


Hi,

To turn on the wireless on IBM Think Pad 2628 A20m you can try the below options

IBM
IBM General - Some models have the wireless slide button on the side of the laptop.
IBM DV series - use the antenna-like button found on the upper section of your keyboard.
IBM R40 - Use the Fn+F5 key-combo.
IBM Thinkpad (General) - Most have software switch or button on Left hand side.
IBM Thinkpad (model not further identified) wireless switch on Front edge of case.
IBM T43/X32 - Fn+F5 -Click "Turn On"
IBM ZD series use the antenna-like button just below the “Lock” key.
Let me know fi this will help

Dec 04, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad A21m 2628 Notebook

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Wi-fi


Please make sure the drivers for your wireless network adapter is installed.
1) go to Device manager - rightl click on my computer and click on properties, select HARDWARE tab then click on Device manager
2) See if the wireless adapter is displayed under Network adapters. If there is an yellow exclamation mark on the Network adapter, it means the drivers for your adapter are not installed.
3) If you find the drivers ok, then make sure that the wireless radio button is turned on. Usually the wireless radio can enabled or disabled from a tray Icon on right side of the system. Most of the system also come with a on/off switch for the wireless radio which is basically on the front side of the laptop.

If the above does not help please revert with the model number of your system and I will try some other steps for you

Aug 29, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad X31 2672 Notebook

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IBM t43 fn f5 does not toggle wireless on. Reinstalled windows last week and wireless adapter is not recognized. I loaded proper drivers, but the adapter is not even seen by the operating system.


There are 2 wireless cards for this model. Be sure you have the correct one. Here is a link to download both of them: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-58597.html#wireless

Jun 29, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T43 Notebook

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Wireless LAN adaptar


Are the drivers and software installed for the adapter?
you can get them from here http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-55042.html

May 22, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad R50e Notebook

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I keep losing my connection - IBM Thinkpad t42


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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Wireless radio control problem


Try going into the Device Manager and making sure the Wireless Adapter is enabled. Click Start > Control Panel > System. Click the Hardware tab then click the Device Manager button. Now click the Plus [+] next to Network adapters then double-click the wireless adapter which is probably the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection which will open the Properties dialog. Ensure the Device status reads, "This device is working properly" and Device usage shows "Use this device (enable)." If either the Device status or Device usage shows anything other than what is shown above, first try to change the Device usage, which should change the Device status. Now try again to use your wireless adapter. You might need to press Fn + F5 to turn the device on.

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