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How do you turn on the wireless network card?

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I have a Fujitsu Amilo Pro that is a fresh install on Windows XP Pro.
All Fujitsu drivers have been downloaded and installed.

I am trying to connect to a wireless network but there are none showing in the list, if i try and add one its says that some parts or all of the network card is still turned off?
Does anyone know what you have to do to the laptop to turn on the Wireless card?

The netwrok card is a Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection.
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Question by:YellowbusTeam
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by:gverastegui
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hi Yellowbus, this is my first participation in EE. let's see if i can help you!!!

Firstable, your Notebook should have a wireless button where you can turn on or off the wireless card. Make sure the switch is turned on.
After that...
You said this is a fresh install of XP, make sure you installed all the necessary drivers (i recommend to instal the chipset driver first)
If WLAN card driver is installed, look in the device manager (Start>Right click on My PC>Manage>Go to Device Manager) that the wireless card is correctly detected under the "Network adapters" section, does it has a down arrow over the little icon? if it does, it mens that Wireless Card is disabled, just right click on it and select enable.
Now, open the Network connections page, go to Start>Control Panel, switch to classic view en double click on Network Connections, make sure the icon WLAN connection icon appears there. if it appears greyed out, do the same as in device manager, >right click on the icon, select "enable". Now that the icon is enabled it should have a red X. Right click on that and choose "view available wireless networks" and check if the PC can find your network.
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by:YellowbusTeam
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see the thing is the wireless connection button does not seem to be working, is there a certain piece of software that is around to enable the keys?

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You said this is a fresh install of XP, make sure you installed all the necessary drivers (i recommend to instal the chipset driver first)
If WLAN card driver is installed, look in the device manager (Start>Right click on My PC>Manage>Go to Device Manager) that the wireless card is correctly detected under the "Network adapters" section, does it has a down arrow over the little icon? if it does, it mens that Wireless Card is disabled, just right click on it and select enable.
Now, open the Network connections page, go to Start>Control Panel, switch to classic view en double click on Network Connections, make sure the icon WLAN connection icon appears there. if it appears greyed out, do the same as in device manager, >right click on the icon, select "enable". Now that the icon is enabled it should have a red X. Right click on that and choose "view available wireless networks" and check if the PC can find your network.

i tried all that before?
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by:gverastegui
ID: 22625096
does the network adapter appears in device Manager?
if it does not apper as a unknown device or working fine device, it's propable a hardware malfunction.

Try to reseat the Wireless card,.
 
Turn off the Notebook (NB)
Remove the battery and disconnect the power cord
Press and hold the power button for 30 sec to drain all the power in the NB
Remove the little cover of the wireless card, you can look what it is in the user manual of the NB.
Remove the wireless card carefully, check out whats the possition of the antenna cables.
Put the WLAN card back into the slot, connect both cables.
Put the cover back to the NB.
Turn it on, check if the device is been detected by the NB, Check the device Manager.

Tell me what happens after this steps
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by:YellowbusTeam
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The network adapter appears in the device manager.
I just loaded some software from fujitsu called launch manager which enables the keys down the left hand side so i can now see wireless networks.

All i need to do now is figure out how to connect to the network as its only giving me the option to disconect?
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gverastegui earned 500 total points
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Heve you tried to use the Windows Wireless network Manager?

Right click in the WLAN icon inthe Network connection Page, select view available networks.
It will scan for available networks.
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by:YellowbusTeam
ID: 22625336
Cheers mate all sorted now.
Now all i need to do is connect my Vodafone internet dongle!
Which is causing more of a problem as the software can't see the USB device despite the Laptop knowing that it is there!
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by:gverastegui
ID: 22625401
Well in this case, the software should come with drivers. Sometimes, installing the software it installs the drivers too, but sometimes doesn't. try again in the device manager to check if you can see an unknow device after you connect the Vodafone internet dongle. it it stays with the yellow exclamation mark that means a lack of drivers. try to get the drivers from the software disc. Make sure that the application installed correctly.

But at this point the primary question or problem was resolved!!!!
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by:YellowbusTeam
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yes the original question has been answerd.
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by:gverastegui
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as a advice, i recommend you to contact to your service provider of Vodafon, to get tech support in hteir products, ther are the experts on that.
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