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04-Feb-2011, 07:40 AM #1
Solved: T41 Wireless Not Working
When I bought my used ThinkPad T41 Laptop it had XP Pro installed and the wireless was working; I connected to my home wireless network and was able to access the web.

I use the T41 to rum my CNC machine and decided to remove the XP Pro and installed XP Home (I thought MS will have all the required drivers but I was wrong). After the XP Home installation I noticed that the wireless and Ethernet were not working and I went to Lenovo download site and got some drivers and now the Ethernet is working but no the wireless.

The T41 has a light for the wireless close to where the lights for caps etc is and this light is off now. I remember with the XP Pro this light was on. On the BIOS there is nothing to turn wireless on/off

Any idea how I can get the wireless working again?
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04-Feb-2011, 08:16 AM #2
First thing, does the wireless adapter show up under network adapters in the device manager? (Start, Run..., 'DEVMGMT.MSC' [enter])

If not, do you still have any devices listed there that have yellow question marks by them?

If it does, you should only have to press the blue [Fn] button + [F5] button to toggle the wireless adapter on/off
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04-Feb-2011, 08:30 AM #3
Thanks for the reply

I was able to get it going by playing around; I was using an IBM driver but the INTEL Pro did the trick

Now all is fine
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04-Feb-2011, 12:12 PM #4
I think that the wireless switch for a Thinkpad is the Fn + F5 key combination.

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