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Broken wireless button

The button in the front of my laptop is broken...isnt there a way i can connect to the internet without using it? maybe a function combination key?

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If not wireless can often permanently be set to on in the bios - enter the bios [f2 or del at start up] and select the wireless permanently on option. Take care as changing bios settings can make your laptop unable to boot.

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Most laptops use the combination hold down FN then press F2 to turn it on.

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