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Connecting to wifi with an old laptop

Discussion in 'Networking' started by FredTransit, Aug 12, 2014.

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  1. FredTransit

    FredTransit Thread Starter

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    Hi there! Glad to find this forum and hope you all can be some help! My mate recently bought an old (2002, according to the original sales receipt) Fujitsu Lifebook laptop. The spec on the receipt states it has wifi, yet we have both looked and looked and can't find any way to use it or connect to the internet. I can't even find anything on the start up menu that relates to wifi. According to the manual, the wifi button is top left of the screen, and it's lit by a blue LED. The machine is on Win XP pro and seems fine in every other respect. It's been a while since I last used XP. I am not a complete idiot, but have limited experience!
    Any ideas anybody? HELP!
    Thanks in advance.....
     
  2. TerryNet

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    What is listed in Device Manager under Network Adapters?

    What, if any, warnings or errors are anywhere in Device Manager?

    Did you find the wireless switch? If so, does it seem to work (toggle the blue LED)?
     
  3. FredTransit

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    Thanks for the reply. On the control panel I can find

    Network connections
    Internet options

    but nothing that says Network Adapters. Am I looking in the wrong place? Tell me where to look and I will tell you what it's got. The wireless switch is lit up, but does go out when pressed.
     
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    Got it thanks! Seems it's in classic view and under the Systems link.

    Network adapters

    1394 Net Adapter
    Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC
     
  6. TerryNet

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    So, unless you neglected to mention a device (that could be the wireless) with a problem the PC has no wireless adapter, or it became disabled in the BIOS somehow, or is loose or the connections corroded, or has become completely defective. If the wireless card is easily accessible through a cover on the bottom check to see if a wireless card is there; if it is remove and replace it a few times.
     
  7. FredTransit

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    Thanks eor taking the time over this. Not the answer my mate was hoping for. Back to the drawing board!
     
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    So, what was the answer?
     
  9. FredTransit

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    I dont think hes opened the machine to have a look yet
     
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