Software to turn Intel 3495 wireless adapter radio on

Posted on 2012-08-20
Last Modified: 2012-09-05
I have a Medion 2140 laptop which has a Intel Pro Wireless 3945ABG adapter.  The wifi button on the laptop does not seem able to turn the wifi radio on though i get a "beep" when I press it.  So I have been unable to get this thing connected via wifi.

I believe the adapter is working as i have had an Intel window pop up which let me turn the radio on and connect.  The problem is I have no idea how I made that Intel windows pop up and the radio is currenlty off.  Is there an Intel (or any) utility which will allow me to enable this radio and connect to wifi?

The latest intel drivers have been installed.  The laptop is running vista home x32.
Question by:canuckconsulting
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    Accepted Solution

    I don't find any 2140 laptops on  sure that's not the PLU number?

    The model number should be right above the PLU on the sticker, and probably starts with either MD or LT.

    Or you can lookup manuals for them there by MSN numbers.

    Did you look for an option in the BIOS to enable/disable the wireless adapter?

    Author Comment

    Ah...sorry is MD 96350.

    Yes, the only option in the BIOS was to start with wifi disabled or "last state".  I have it set to last state.

    It is very frustrating as I have been prompted to enable it via a pop up once but can't get it to happen again!
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    Uninstall the Intel drivers and install v2.1.1.0 from medion.

    After uninstalling any drivers found in Add/Remove Programs, do Start -> Run, devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

    Expand Network adapters
    Right-click on the wireless adapter and choose Uninstall
    When that finishes, without rebooting, immediately run the install file for the driver.

    Then reboot and see if your WiFi card becomes enabled.

    Author Closing Comment

    Ultimately it proved to be a device-specific issue which, though i could not find it, may have been in the manual.  Pressing fn+F7 toggled the wifi.

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