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just bought this laptop and thought it had wireless built in but it cant find a wireless network and

Posted by: joe g.      13 Mar 2008 @ 22:07
just bought this laptop and thought it had wireless built in but it cant find a wireless network and

just bought this laptop and thought it had wireless built in but it cant find a wireless network and says it is not installed. Very confused. Does this have wifi or not??? How do i find out??

Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      21 Mar 2008 @ 08:26
RE: just bought this laptop and thought it had wireless built in but it cant find a wireless network and

Look for a switch! I think all laptops come with built-in wireless adaptors these, days but there is ususally a small switch to turn them on.

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Reply by: Umair Q. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4      18 Apr 2008 @ 00:26
RE: just bought this laptop and thought it had wireless built in but it cant find a wireless network and

Best way to find in device manage.
Right Click "My Computer", select "Hardware" from the tabs, and then click on "Device Manager". It will give you the list of all the devices present in your computer. Click on the Plus sign next to Network Adapter , it will all the network adapter. see if you can find any adapter say WLan or Wireless. If not then i am afraid you dont have one.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      18 Apr 2008 @ 11:14
RE: just bought this laptop and thought it had wireless built in but it cant find a wireless network and

if the switch is off it may not show up in device manager, so he last advice may not be relevant
The important thing here is to read the manual! Does it mention how to enable wireless?

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Reply by: Rob W. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Swansea, SA4      18 Apr 2008 @ 15:19
RE: just bought this laptop and thought it had wireless built in but it cant find a wireless network and

Device Manager will list installed devices whether they are turned on or not.

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Reply by: Ian M. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Stoke-on-Trent, ST1      18 Apr 2008 @ 16:29
RE: just bought this laptop and thought it had wireless built in but it cant find a wireless network and

turn on the wireless. usually this is done by using the FN key & another key marked with a wireless logo - usually an F key & most common is the F2 key.

then once active, make sure yor workgroup matches other computers on the network & then run the set-up wizard in the control panel

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      18 Apr 2008 @ 23:35
RE: just bought this laptop and thought it had wireless built in but it cant find a wireless network and

for RobW - my Toshiba with an Intel chipset does NOT show the wireless in device mgr if its turned off.
Its just like have a powered off scanner or exerternal TV card: if the power is off, its not there

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