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My latitude won't find a wireless connection. Always says that the cable is unplugged. How can I fix this? I just want to be able to connect using wifi and not DSL or a modem. Thanks.

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HI There,

To try to help you, I'll have to make some guesses.

Guess#1. You're using XP and the message says "A Network Cable has been/is unplugged". That means you should see 2 small icons at the bottom right corner of your screen that look like one little computer monitor in front of another, Both should have a red X on them.

If there's only one icon with a red x then it means that your laptop has not recognized its interior wireless card or may not even have one at all. Most Dells of that era have a keyboard combination to activate your wireless card. You would hold down the "fn" key and while doing so, go up to the top of the keyboard and press the F2 once,

After that, you should see 2 icons at the bottom right with red x's and one should have a bubble message saying "Wireless Networks are available, click here to connect"

If that doesn't happen, 1, You don't have a wireless card installed inside the computer or 2., You should seek out some assistance from someone nearby who knows how to go and check the several other possibilities for you. The other possible solutions are a bit advanced and sometimes overlap so it would be tough to advise you thoroughly here.

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There will always be a cable unplugged if you are using a wireless internet connection, that will refer to your hard wire connection.

First, you want to make sure there is a wireless access point nearby (i.e., a router in your home, or a WiFi hotspot). If you don't have one of those nearby, your computer cannot magically connect to the Internet. You can right click the wireless icon in the lower right-hand corner of your screen, and click "View Available Wireless Networks." This is assuming you are letting Windows manage your wireless connection, otherwise it should be something similar. If you do not see any wireless networks after refreshing, make sure the wireless on your notebook is turned on, and not disabled by a switch or button. Finally, if you still don't see any wireless connections, test to see if any wireless networks are available with another notebook if available, to rule out any problem with the notebook itself.

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