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How to turn on wireless adapter?

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I have a XPS M1210 laptop running Windows XP. It has a Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG Net adapter for wireless connection. Following a recent reinstall of windows XP, my wireless no longer works. The Intel Proset / Wireless software is controlling the wireless connection and it indicates that the wireless is turned off. It states that I should use the wireless On/Off switch to enable it. I can find no such switch to enable the wireless.

I have seen that the Fn + F2 combinaion should toggle the switch, but it does not work on my system. In the device manager, everything seems to be installed and working correctly. In Control Panel / Network Connections, the Intel Pro/Wireless is shown for the wireless Network Connection, but it is shown as not connected.

Can someone tell me how to turn on the adapter so that I can make a wireless connection? Thanks!

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  • The M1210 has a wireless switch on the side instead of the Fn+F2 key combination.  In the wireless section of the BIOS you can set what the wireless switch controls (wireless, bluetooth, and/or cellular cards).  It is possible the settings there are why you are not able to enable the wireless card in Windows.

    That switch is on the left side of the system, in the middle just below the side vent.

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  • Thanks Larry! I sure couldn't find that switch before. But I switched it on and all works fine. Thanks again!

  • i found the switch, it was exactly where ySiwb. i slide the switch ti the right and whalah, my internet wireless connected.

    thank you.

  • I cant find a switch and I tried the f2 and fn still nothing

  • maryellen79,

    Places to look to see if your Connection is enabled



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