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Written by Aaron Brigatti  
Saturday, 19 July 2008

I have had my new work laptop - the Lenovo X60S for just over 2 years, and I have had loads of difficulty in getting the wireless enabled - arghhhh!!!! But I have finally managed to get it on to find out more...

Searching in Google has been fruitless, until I managed to come across a support forum which explained the reason!

I checked the obvious points...check that the Wireless settings on the BIOS was enabled...yes it was. I then checked all of the Windows XP Pro settings, and there was nothing obvious preventing the Wireless connection working.

My wireless adaptor was "Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection" - so I had a thought that somehow they had disabled this from a hardware setting preventing me ever being able to use this great functionality, not necessarily at home - but when I am travelling on business. I located to the IntelPro Wireless utility (on the taskbar), I right-clicked on the antenna icon, clicked "Wireless On", and got the message: "The Intel(R) PRO/Wireless is still disabled. Use your hardware switch to enable it." What on earth? This kept making me think it was the BIOS setting, but I had repeatedly checked and nothing seemed none-towards with the BIOS setting - as it was "enabled".

Then Google became the saviour, once again...I located this forum --> and the response from my participant saved the day --> "it's (the hardware switch) on the front edge on the bottom half of the clamshell. It's to the right of centre and facing somewhat downward as the bezel is beveled there.".

And I looked carefully, flipped the switch, et voila - wireless enabled!

Why on earth was this "switch" where it was - almost hidden from view! I never even noticed it was there - for almost 2+ years!!

Intel's own support website, explained other potential factors, but didn't detail the location of this ruddy switch... went on to explain:

This hardware switch can be implemented in many ways, but the most frequent implementations are as follows:
  • Hardware switch at the side of the laptop;
  • Button around the keyboard area;
  • Key combination such as pressing SHIFT and F2 at the same time."
That first one was the answer - but side of laptop - c'mon explain it was "hidden"!!!! :-)

Anyway, I am one happy bunny once again!


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