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My computer wont connect to internet
is not finding my network adapter

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  • sanz68 Aug 07, 2008

    i cannot to the internet i have verizon fio

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I would contact dell online tech support at www.support.dell.com they should be able to help you with this
regards mike

Posted on Aug 12, 2008

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