I got my laptop from a friend when he had you were able to get on internet no problem its wireless it has a anntena it all so was touch screen well my friend decided to upgrade to windows xp well when he was finished he lost the wireless and also lost touch screen probably a couple of other things I've actually have a piece missing I know Ive got drivers missing but the missing computer part is really worries me so if I could see what a diagram of the IX250 that would be great
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If you connect to the internet wirelessly through a router, please make sure you did not switch off the wireless switch on the laptop. On HP models, there is usually a blue wireless light at the top of the keyboard if you press it it will turn the wireless on or off.
If the wireless card is about the size of a thick credit card then it is a PCMCIA card device. This card plugs into the PCMCIA slot on either the LH side or the RH side of the laptop.
You need to install the wireless card driver on the laptop and configure it to communicate with your wireless router which is connected to your Internet Service Provider.
This wireless card can also connect to the Internet on free WiFi sites.
As you are a novice, you will need a computer savy friend to help you or your friendly computer shop.
Do you have Xp or Vista?
The little computer on the tool bar is one of your network connections (you have 2, one wireless and one wired)
It ssems like the laptop is not connecting automatically to your wireless network. To change this go into whatever program you are using to configure wireless (it may be configured by netgear or by windows) and make sure you have your wireless netowrk selected as conect automatically and at the top of your list.
If you would like to use wireless inernet, you have to have an access point nearby and that you know the authentication like the WEP or the WPA key, and you can get that from the network admin. click start > connect to > wireless network connection , then click on View wireless networks. click on the network you want to connect to, then click on connect. You should be able to connect after entering the passkey, or it automatically connects if the access point is unsecured.
Settings must have changed and not not changed back, set your friends settings as default settings. He may have accidently reset something etc.
A quick solution is to go to
System Restore and reset it back a day before you gave it to your friend.
go to START > PROGRAMS >
ACCESSORIES > SYSTEM TOOLS and you'll find SYSTEM RESTORE there. Click on it and find the option to set your Notebook to an EARLIER TIME. After selecting that from the list find a date BEFORE YOU LOANDED THE NOTEBOOK TO YOUR FRIEND and left click on it and follow the instructions and your COmputer will restore the system to that earlier date (it could be 1 day before you loaned it). You will not lose any files etc.
After it goes through a cycle of rebooting etc and it resets to the earlier date, your Network should work as it did before you loaned it to your friend.
If you have trouble finding SYSTEM RESTORE go to HELP and look for a link there.