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No WiFi, says Adapter is not turned on

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jlee137, Jan 9, 2012.

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  1. jlee137

    jlee137 Thread Starter

    Jan 9, 2012
    So, I currently have a Toshiba Satellite, L550 Series, and in the new year, my battery started becoming loose in the charging spot, so I turned my computer off for the night to save power, and went out the following day.

    When I turned my computer back on, it started to say that I had no internet connection available, and when I tried to troubleshoot, instead of working like it normally does, it said I needed to plug in an ethernet cable, which I don't use at all.

    So, I decided to look around my Network and Connections page, and when I clicked the link called "See Full Map", instead of seeing what I normally see (which is my computer, my brothers computer, and my sisters computer, then the internet router) I only saw a sentence along the lines of "The adapter needs to be plugged in".

    I have no idea what this means. Any clues, help, ideas? Thanks guys.
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    can we see a device manager screen shot - lots of laptops have a switch for the wireless that turns the wireless off - physical switch or combination of FN + F key

    Device Manager
    Post back the results in device manager
    If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to copy the program across to the faulty PC
    Save the file to a USB flash drive or other removable media. Plug it into the working computer with internet access and copy the file and paste here.

    windows key and pause Key should open to allow device manager to be seen on laptops may need to use windows key + FN key + Pause Key
    if not then

    Start > control Panel {Vista set to classic view}> system > {Vista, device manager on left hand side} {XP hardware Tab, device manager button} >
    windows 7
    start > control panel> System and Security> Device Manager

    network adaptors, click on the + > post back the devices listed there
    are there any ! ? or X

    post a screen shot of the device manager - network adapters

    To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.
    To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here
    Full details are here http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Posting_a_Screenshot
  3. Omnixius


    Dec 15, 2011
    This is my uneducated idea.

    I have seen this before on a laptop. It kept insisting the cable was unplugged.
    The user however didn't use the cable he used wireless.

    He had managed to turn the wireless cards antenna off which made the computer default to the the regular wired connection which was of course unplugged since he didn't use it.

    I don't know your make and model of laptop first hand, but assuming your having the same issue you may have a switch around the edge of your case that allows you to turn wireless on or off. Or in some cases it is a biometric switch you just have to swipe your finger across above the keyboard.

    Lets hope its this easy.
  4. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Your idea is good, Omnixius. [partial sentence deleted 'cause I had misinterpreted something]

    A few years ago Toshiba's wireless switch was on the front, low so that you need to stand on your head to see it. The wireless LED was red. Newer laptops of various brands seem to be going to a pressure switch somewhere above the keyboard--very easy to accidentally switch off (he says from experience :eek: ).
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