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Can't Connect to wifi

Discussion in 'Networking' started by sohpie, Sep 9, 2013.

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  1. sohpie

    sohpie Thread Starter

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    Ok so the only way I can get online with my laptop at home is through wifi, and randomly one day it started saying that I needed an ethernet cable, which I don't have. I have a Toshiba (Satellite L505D). When I press f8, nothing happens, and when I press fn, everything shows up except for f8. I tried looking for TBSwireless and it isn't anywhere on my computer. There's no wifi switch on the outside, and I even did a system restore to the day before I started having this problem. I just am really frustrated and need to be able to get online. Help! ;~;
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Please explain why ethernet is not an option for testing.

    Don't know about your model, but the switch used to be on the front placed low enough that it was easy to overlook. Some (many?) manufacturers have now gone to a pressure switch somewhere above the keyboard. Else there should be a key combination to toggle the Wi-Fi on/off.
     
  3. sohpie

    sohpie Thread Starter

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    I can't use and ethernet cable because I use a mobile hotspot
     
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    You have a hotspot connected to the Ethernet?

    Just to confirm:

    On the front of your laptop, on the left of the volume control, there should be an amber light. Do you see that?

    Fn+F8 (as in both at same time) is to turn on or off your wireless. If you do not have any wireless devices connected it will not show anything on the screen.

    Also go to the Start Menu > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Centre > Manage Network Connections. Do you have any icons here?
     
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