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Is there an external switch to turn the "wireless" feature on and off? "device Manager" says it is on and I can switch in on/off in properties. however when I do search for wireless networks it says to check the wireless switch is "on".

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to turn it on is usually a slide switch in front next to external head phones and bluetooth.

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