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Wireless Connection icon not showing in Network Connections window or Taskbar

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Emilymb, Oct 15, 2010.

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  1. Emilymb

    Emilymb Thread Starter

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    I've tried everything to get it back. In my network connections, it only shows my local area connection. I can't connect to a wireless network, and my wifi light on my keyboard isn't even lit.
    I don't have any switches or buttons on my keyboard either that would allow me to enable or disable wireless internet.
    I do have a wireless card built into my computer, and I have been able to connect to wireless networks for the three years that I've owned this laptop. It basically just stopped working a few weeks ago.
    By the way, it's Windows XP. Anyone have any idea how to get my Wifi back?
     
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    Let's see if we can find where it went. :)

    What is listed under Network Adapters in Device Manager? What, if any, warnings or errors are anywhere in Device Manager?

    What is the brand and model of your laptop?
     
  3. Emilymb

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    Under my Network adapters is 'Broadcom NetXtreme 57xx Gigabit Controller', and it says the device is working properly. My Laptop is a Dell Latitude D610.
     
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    Look in the BIOS (Setup) to see if the wireless somehow got disabled there.

    You can get to the wireless card by removing one of the covers on the bottom of the laptop. Consult the Dell maintenance manual (paper or on their web site) if you need specific instructions. In case of looseness or corrosion remove and carefully and firmly reinsert the card 3 or 4 times.
     
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