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Solved: IBM Thinkpad T40 Wireless not working

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Massieko, Mar 18, 2009.

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  1. Massieko

    Massieko Thread Starter

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    Hey,
    My IBM TP T40 is having problems connecting wirelessly with XP.
    It has built in wireless.
    I was using Ubuntu to test the system before I got a HDD and it's wireless working just fine...better than fine if you ask me, couldn't even tell it was wireless it was so fast.

    Now that I've got a HDD installed with XP PRO I can't get wireless.

    The function button and F5 are supposed to turn it on as a shortcut but the wireless indicator light doesn't come on and obviously no net.
    When I installed XP it was missing a ton of drivers but through windows update and some drivers manually DL'd and installed from Lenovo I got it working almost fine...except of course the wireless.

    I'm still missing one driver and I'm assuming that it's the culprate. "Network Controller"
    I'm still new to wireless so I hadn't a clue on how to set up a wireless conection with XP but I've learned there should be an option for wireless in the network connections if there is a wireless card present. I'm assuming my card isn't being recognised properly (Wrong drivers possibley) or it's a seperate issue with the network controller driver that's missing.
    I've gone over the Lenovo site a few times and haven't seen any fixes....maybe it's even a bios update needed...don't know how to do that either yet so I've just avoided it.

    It also has a checksum error at start up everytime it loses all power but I'm guessing it's cmos batterey....or maybe bios too :p

    Anyone have any idea's to what's wrong with my wireless or where to find the right drivers?

    Thanks a lot if you do!!

    -Massieko
     
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Terry Moderator

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    Get the latest chipset and networking drivers from Lenova's web site. Install the chipset first and then the networking.
     
  3. Massieko

    Massieko Thread Starter

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    I went through Lenovo's downloads for this TP, said detect my system so I'm not downloading drivers for the wrong computer right.
    Well I found one Intel Chipset so downloaded and installed the exe, which acted like a zip and extracted to C:\Drivers\WIN and from there I had to install another exe which made me restart and did nothing...Now I go back to Lenovo to download a lan driver but there are tons and different kinds on there...which one do I get? Anyone have links out there?????

    Thanks alot!!!
    - Massieko
     

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    Not familiar with IBM/Lenova computers or web site, so I can't tell you how to drill down to the correct drivers for your particular model.
     
  5. Massieko

    Massieko Thread Starter

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    I tried the chipset first method and still no luck so I gave in and downloaded EVERY SINGLE driver install off lenovo's site that mentioned anything networking, LAN, wireless ect.
    There was about 7-10 files downloaded and the first one I tried worked!

    If anyone out there had the same problem, find this file on lenovo site
    "1rwc89ww.exe"

    After you install it it will make a directory C:\drivers\wininst or something like that:p sorry I'm not on that computer & I forget the exact path but you'll see it when you're installing.
    After it installs run the exe in the new directory.
    I didn't have to do anything at all it just had a bubble pop up saying wireless networks detected!

    Hope this helps someone and thanks for trying to help out TerryNet!
     
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    Trial and error works! :) You can mark this "Solved" using the button at the upper left of the page.
     
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