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After my wireless connection was temporarily disabled my dell 1510 never found my connection ever again (even though it was connected before). It finds all the connections in the neighbourhood, but not mine. My netwerkhost (the person that has the authority to make changes in my homebased network) sees my connection as ´inactive´ and has removed it so I could start anew. My notebook belongs to the place I work at, so they have made all these restrictions so I can´t change much myself. To help me they also reset my notebook to their beginner´s position from which I previously could connect to the internet. When I first started up my notebook I didn´t even have to search for my network, it was shown as the one my notebook found as the first, most active one. Hope you can help me. When I connect with a LAN-cable it is instantly connected to the internet, the only thing that doesn´t work is my wireless connection. Thanks in advance for helping me! Kind regards!

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  • dineke_kroes Sep 15, 2010

    Hey, thanks! The wireless sign is blue (the light is on), but my connection doesn´t appear. Where can I find the cone like transmitter?

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If your system is able to find other wireless connection, chances are, it is an issue related to the wireless router/network you are trying to connect to. make sure the wireless network is configured so you can connect to it. The access point or router may also need to be reset, then make sure the wireless connection is enabled on your end. if you are using XP or Vista, it may help to run the Windows fix it option to enable wireless zero configuration to manage the connection. You can find the manual steps with an automated option at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968682. Another thing you can try is reinstall the wireless driver on your system or even try system restore to a point when it was still working for you. Let me know how it goes.

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  • Rodie Sep 16, 2010

    if enabled, you should find the wireless tray icon at the bottom-right section of your screen or at the right side of the Windows taskbar near the computer clock. You may need tgo a click an arrow like symbols near the clock to show hidden tray icons.

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Hi! Have you tried turning the wireless on by using the Fn key? The wireless surely is off that's why it can't connect. Do you see a cone like transmitter sign on the F keys? That's where the wireless switch is.

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    dj_relly999 Sep 15, 2010

    Alright please try this... Press Fn followed by F10. See if you can connect wirelessly. The F10 key is the cone like im referring that serves as a wireless switch.

  • dineke_kroes Sep 15, 2010

    No... still doesn´t connect. I do see an icon on the F10 button, but it looks more like an image of a cd-rom that is inside the computer and a small arrow underneath pointing downwards..

    If I open network connections it shows many networks in my neighbourhood but mine still isn´t among them..

    Hope you are able to give me some more clues :-). Thanks!

  • dineke_kroes Sep 15, 2010

    BTW I read somewhere that my notebook only has a switch on the side to turn on/off the wireless connection, which doesn´t make a difference either.

    At the same time that my wireless connection got down windows installer prompted me to install some updates. I have no clue which ones, but I thought that it was good to install them to hopefully be able to reconnect. Today I got my notebook back from the ICT at my job after they reset the computer to its basic settings so I assume that the windows updates have been removed.. but still... maybe the problem has somehing to do with that?

    They have windows xp installed on this computer instead of vista.

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    dj_relly999 Sep 16, 2010

    Hi! Hows it going?

  • dineke_kroes Sep 16, 2010

    Hey. thanks for all the help! It still isn´t working. Because I got the notebook from my job I am restricted to make changes in the configuration. It is shielded by something called "Powerfuse". At work it instantly connects to the wireless connection, but at home it refuses to see my own.

    The ICT-department at my job told me they could make the needed changes for me, but they have no clue what´s wrong. Plus, maybe they are able to fix it and then it happens again.. And what can they do besides reinstalling the computer (which they did a couple of days ago with no result)? Maybe I´ll just buy my own notebook and then use my job one only at work :-(.

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