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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Re: I have the same exact problem..
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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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. Andrew L.
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 referthe 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
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.
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.
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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
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.