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Hi all,

I had a bad accident with spilling on my computer.  I have an Inspiron N7010.   Some of my keys still work but, unfortunately the switch to allow WiFi doesn't.  Is there any way to turn on WiFi without the keyboard?  I have hooked up a keyboard to my machine to use.  Also, does anyone know if the keyboard can actually be replaced or do I have to get a new computer!!!! 

De - Inspiron N7010,  Windows 7 Home Premium

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  • jenkinsde27,

     

    F2 to enter the bios. It can be a problem.

     

    A new keyboard or an external keyboard will work.

     

     

    Rick

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  • jenkinsde27

    Hi all,

    I had a bad accident with spilling on my computer.  I have an Inspiron N7010.   Some of my keys still work but, unfortunately the switch to allow WiFi doesn't.  Is there any way to turn on WiFi without the keyboard?  I have hooked up a keyboard to my machine to use.  Also, does anyone know if the keyboard can actually be replaced or do I have to get a new computer!!!! 

    Not sure about your specific notebook but some Dell notebooks have the option of setting the wireless hotkey to 'NONE' in the bios settings...

      

  • It's fairly easy to change out the keyboard.

    support.dell.com/.../keyboard.htm

  • Thanks, any idea if I can actually buy a replacement?  I can't find it on the Dell website

    De - Inspiron N7010,  Windows 7 Home Premium

  • I state that mine is an Inspiron N7010.  And, I am not well versed in the BIOS, but even if I did change that to 'NONE' my question is how to then turn on the wireless without the keyboard

    De - Inspiron N7010,  Windows 7 Home Premium

  • jenkinsde27,

    Please edit your signature and remove your Service Tag Number.  It is a violation of the TOU that you agreed to .  If you don't, your posts may be deleted.

     

  • jenkinsde27

    Thanks, any idea if I can actually buy a replacement?  I can't find it on the Dell website

    You can find one here.
    http://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=8870

     

     

  • I'm very sorry, I had read the Welcome post and it said to put it in there

    De - Inspiron N7010,  Windows 7 Home Premium

  • I just didn't want your posts to be deleted.

    Did you see the link that I posted for a keyboard?

  • Yes I did thank you very much --- my immediate problem is my other question though.  I really need to get online and can't do it because the WiFi key doesn't work --

    De - Inspiron N7010,  Windows 7 Home Premium

  • jenkinsde27,

     

    Start, in search type

     

    osk

     

    hit enter or click on the osk file. This will bring up the on screen keyboard.

     

     

    Rick

    #DellRockStar

    What is a Dell Service Tag and how do I locate it? 

     

     

    Original poster, If you have solved your problem, can you please mark the correct thread(s) with your solution. Thanks 

    Welcome to Dell Community!

  • Let's make sure that the wifi adapter is enabled.

    Go to Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings

    There you should see your wireless adapter.  Right click on it and enable it if it is not enabled.

    Then right click on it and Connect.

  • jenkinsde27,

     

    Sorry, no F keys there.

     

    Start, control panel, windows mobility center. You can turn the wireless adapter on/off from there.

     

    Rick

     

    #DellRockStar

    What is a Dell Service Tag and how do I locate it? 

     

     

    Original poster, If you have solved your problem, can you please mark the correct thread(s) with your solution. Thanks 

    Welcome to Dell Community!

  • Either way may work.

  • Thank you so much!!!  Wasn't even aware of this menu.  BUT, I clicked on the Launch for the Radio Control Operations and it didn't respond.  Also, the option to turn wireless on/off is greyed so I can't click on it.  Getting closer to a solution!!!  Any more steps I can try?  Still no networks available either

    De - Inspiron N7010,  Windows 7 Home Premium

  • jenkinsde27

    Thank you so much!!!  Wasn't even aware of this menu.  BUT, I clicked on the Launch for the Radio Control Operations and it didn't respond.  Also, the option to turn wireless on/off is greyed so I can't click on it.  Getting closer to a solution!!!  Any more steps I can try?  Still no networks available either

     

    Did you not have the option avail in the BIOS to set the Wireless Hotkey to 'NONE'!?  You may have lost the WLAN card during the spill...