1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

No WiFi, says Adapter is not turned on

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

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. jlee137

    jlee137 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2012
    Messages:
    1
    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

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2003
    Messages:
    65,252
    First Name:
    Wayne
    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

    Omnixius

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    14
    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

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2005
    Messages:
    78,055
    First Name:
    Terry
    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: ).
     
As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/1035345

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice