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Re: broken wireless button
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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Connecting laptop/computer to wireless router If you have a wireless router and it is connected to the DSLor cable modem and Internet then -To connect to your wireless router, the router needsits wireless settings to be configured with the SSID, encryption key etc., alsothe wireless cards and wireless adapters in all the laptops/computers needs tobe configured with these router's wireless settings. Then the laptops/desktopcomputers can communicate with your wireless router and access the Internet via the DSLor cable modem.
The wireless switch would absolutely have an effect on whether your WIFI was ON on your laptop. The following link shows a diagram of your laptop:
It appears that it is a button on either the left edge of the laptop, or possibly above the keyboard. Press the button and ensure your WIFI LED (front-left edge) should be lit. Then, try connecting to your wireless network again. I hope this helps!
Make sure that the wireless funciton is enabled I think its a button on the front edge you can't see its on unless you search for wireless networks, don't forget to use the WEP or WPA-PSK key to connect to your wireless router find you SSID and click connect
I believe that you can turn these functions on and off via the Network Connections that you can access from the control panel.
In Windows XP: Click on START button Select Control Panel Click on Network Connections
In Windows Vista: Click on START button Select Control Panel Select Network and Internet Select Network and Sharing Center In left panel, select Manage Network Connections
Once here, you should see your wireless adapter and your bluetooth adapter. If you Right-Click on either connection, a menu will pop up and you can choose to Enable or Disable the connection without the button on the front of your computer.
It seems the two oval lights on the front of the Acer TravelMate
3003LCi are not only lights to indicate WiFi traffic, but also buttons
to turn the WiFi radio on and off for security reasons. If you press
and hold the left side button for 3-5 seconds it should turn back on
the WiFi radio. Windows XP (and maybe other OS’s) have a power saving
function that turns the radio off when not in use to save the battery,
so you have to use the buttons to turn the radio back on. Seems like a
pain in the @$$ to me, but it’s a clients laptop not mine so he will
have to live with that.
I hope this helps someone so they do not have to go through the
frustration of trying to figure out why the radio has been turned off.
There are 3 ways to connect to the internet. Using a modem with a phone line, an ethernet cable that is hooked up to a high speed internet connection or using wireless. If the laptop does not have a modem, it may have wireless or an ethernet port. Ethernet is slightly larger than a phone jack. If there is wireless there should be a button to turn it on and off somewhere along the top of the laptop where the keyboard is. You could also put get type of those connections on a PCMCIA card which fits into the credit card like slots on the side.