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    Syed
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    How to turn on/off Wireless in various Laptop Models

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    Vendor/Model-----------Type----------Location
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    Dell D600 & D610-----KeyBoard-----Fn+F2

    HP nc4000 & nc4010-----Button-----Above Keyboard

    HP nc4220-----Button-----Left Side of Laptop Near USB Port

    HP nc6000 & nc6220-----Button-----Above Keyboard

    HP nx9010-----Button-----Front side of laptop

    HP Omnibook 6200-----Button-----Left side of laptop

    IBM T43-----Keyboard combination-----Fn + F5-----Click "Turn On"

    IBM X32-----Keyboard combination-----Fn + F5-----Click "Turn On"

    Toshiba M1 & M2-----Switch-----Left side of laptop-----Towards
    front

    Toshiba R100-----Switch-----Right side of laptop


    Toshiba TE2000-----Switch-----Left side of laptop-----By Vol ctrl

    Toshiba Tecra 2100-----Switch-----Left side of laptop-----By Vol ctrl


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    Tony Hwang
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    Re: How to turn on/off Wireless in various Laptop Models

    Syed wrote:

    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Vendor/Model-----------Type----------Location
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > Dell D600 & D610-----KeyBoard-----Fn+F2
    >
    > HP nc4000 & nc4010-----Button-----Above Keyboard
    >
    > HP nc4220-----Button-----Left Side of Laptop Near USB Port
    >
    > HP nc6000 & nc6220-----Button-----Above Keyboard
    >
    > HP nx9010-----Button-----Front side of laptop
    >
    > HP Omnibook 6200-----Button-----Left side of laptop
    >
    > IBM T43-----Keyboard combination-----Fn + F5-----Click "Turn On"
    >
    > IBM X32-----Keyboard combination-----Fn + F5-----Click "Turn On"
    >
    > Toshiba M1 & M2-----Switch-----Left side of laptop-----Towards
    > front
    >
    > Toshiba R100-----Switch-----Right side of laptop
    >
    >
    > Toshiba TE2000-----Switch-----Left side of laptop-----By Vol ctrl
    >
    > Toshiba Tecra 2100-----Switch-----Left side of laptop-----By Vol ctrl
    >

    Hi,
    Or you can do that from device manager.

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    Anyone know how to activate the wireless button on an Advent7105.

    Since installing Vista Home Ed, the button has become inactive and i'm having problems connecting automatically to a network even though paired.????

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    More wireless switch locations

    I have collated a lot of these myself from different manuals and as far as I know they are correct. If they aren't post a reply and I'll update them.

    Acer Extensa 2000/2500 Series --- Far right launch button above the keyboard
    Acer Travelmate C Series ---Far left hot key and then choose WLAN from menu that appears
    Acer Aspire 1000 Series --Launch Keys above the keyboard
    Acer Aspire 1640Z ---- Launch Keys above the keyboard
    Acer Aspire 1690 ---- Launch Keys above the keyboard
    Acer Aspire 2000 Series ---- Button on the front of the laptop
    Acer Aspire 2012 ---- Launch Keys above the keyboard
    Acer Ferrari 3000 ---- Button on the front of the laptop
    Acer Ferrari 3020 ---- Button on the front of the laptop
    Acer Ferrari 3400 ---- Button on the front of the laptop
    Acer Ferrari 4000 ---- Button on the front of the laptop
    Advent 7086 ---- Button next to the power button
    Advent 7096 ---- Button next to the power button
    Advent 7100 ---- Fn / F2
    Advent 7104 ---- Fn / F2
    Advent 7201 ---- wireless key top right and then Fn / F2
    Advent 8117 ---- small slide switch on the front of laptop
    Asus ---- Fn / F2 (some models may have a switch)
    BenQ Joybook 5000u-d09 ---- Fn / F12
    Compaq Armada Services ---- Not Wireless
    Compact presario ---- Button on the back
    Compact presario M2000 ---- Button above the keyboard (antenna icon on button)
    Dell Inspiron series ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Inspiron 500M ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Inspiron 600M ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Inspiron 1510 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Inspiron 5100 ---- NOT WIRELESS
    Dell Inspiron 6000 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Inspiron 8600 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Inspiron 9300 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Latitude D400 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Latitude D500 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Latitude D600 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Latitude D610 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Latitude D620 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Latitude D800 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Latitude X300 ---- Fn / F2
    Dell Vostro 1500 ---- big button on left side at rear no FN combo to activate
    e-machines M series ---- Fn / F2
    E-System 3115 ---- Slide switch on front of laptop Also has Fn / F5 function
    Fujitsu Siemens Amilo A Series ---- Button above the keyboard on top right
    Fujitsu Siemens Amilo D Series ---- Button above the keyboard on top right
    Fujitsu Siemens Amilo K Series ---- Not Wireless
    Fujitsu Siemens Amilo L/EL Series ---- Fn / F1 to turn on/off
    Fujitsu Siemens Amilo La Series ---- Fn / F2 to turn on / off
    Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li Series ---- Easy launch button (one of 3) on top of keyboard
    Gateway Laptop ---- Switch on side and then Fn / F2
    HP nc4000 ---- Button above keyboard
    HP nc4010 ---- Button above keyboard
    HP nc4220 ---- Button on left next to USB port
    HP nc6000 ---- Button above keyboard
    HP nc6220 ---- Button above keyboard
    HP nx9010 ---- Button on front
    HP omnibook 6200 ---- Button on the left
    IBM T43 ---- Fn / F5
    IBM X32 ---- Fn / F5
    Lenevo ---- button on the front
    Medion ---- Fn / F1
    Packard Bell EasyNote E2 ---- Fn / F1
    packard bell: easy-note MV46/008 ---- Fn / F1 to turn on/off
    packard bell MZ36-U024 ---- Fn / F2 to activate
    Sharp Laptops ---- Fn / F2 to activate
    Sony Viao ----- Button on the front or right hand side or slide switch
    Sony VAIO VGN-AX570G ---- Front left button
    Targa Companion 811 ---- Fn / F2
    Toshiba Eqium Series ---- Slide switch on front of laptop
    Toshiba Libretto Series ---- Slide switch on Left hand side
    Toshiba M1 ---- Switch on left towards front
    Toshiba M2 ---- Switch on left towards front
    Toshiba Portege Series ---- Slide switch on the left hand side
    Toshiba Qosmio Series ---- Slide switch on the left hand side
    Toshiba Quantium Series ---- Slide switch on the left hand side
    Toshiba R100 ---- Switch on right hand side
    Toshiba Satego Series ----- Slide Switch on the right hand side
    Toshiba Satelitte ---- On the Front under lip then Fn / F8
    Toshiba Satellite Pro ---- On the Side or front
    Toshiba Tecra 2100 ---- Switch on left
    Toshiba TE2000 ---- Switch on left

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    Wireless Radio Hardware & Software Switches

    Some of the infromation from my employers knowledge base for wireless radios.

    For Windows Based Computers

    If the drivers for the wireless adapter contain a setting to toggle wireless radio, it can be located using the

    following path: Start > Settings > Control Panel > Right click Wireless Network Connection Icon > Properties >

    Configure > Advanced tab

    Here you will find a textbox with a list of selectable properties that are populated by the device driver. Once you

    select a property there will be a value field with a dropdown box containing configuration options that apply to that

    specific property. The name of the wireless radio property may vary because the listed properties are dependent on

    each specific device driver. It should be fairly intuitive to determine the correct property if you simply have the user

    read all the listed properties to you.

    Many laptop manufacturers will place a physical switch on the outside casing of the laptop, so that the user can

    easily toggle wireless radio. Sometimes these switches get accidentally turned off, or intentionally turned off and the

    end user forgets to switch it back. The best practice in these situations is to ask the user to look for a physical switch

    on the case of the laptop, possibly with a symbol of a radio tower next to it. After turning the wireless switch on, the

    user will probably need to refresh their network list.

    Laptops built by certain manufacturers may have a specific keystroke set up to toggle wireless radio.

    Below are some examples of wireless radio software and hardware toggles that we have been able to

    document:

    Acer (General) - FN,F5

    ASUS (General) -The F5R has a toggle switch to turn on and off the WIFI; it is located on the left side of the

    notebook

    Dell (General) - FN,F2 or FN,F8 or FN,F12
    Dell d630 (D6xx?) latitude: toggle switch on the left side towards the front by the PCMCIA slots and headphone

    jack

    E-machine (General) - FN,F2

    Fujitsu (General) - FN,F10

    HP/Compaq (General Older models) - Button on upper left on keyboard deck
    HP/Compaq (General Newer models) - Button on lower left below keyboard

    IBM thinkpad (General) - Most have software switch or button on left hand side.
    IBM thinkpad (model not further identified) with wireless switch on front edge of case.

    Sony Vaio (General) - switch on front left

    Toshiba (General) - FN,F5 or FN,F8 or switch
    Toshiba Satelite has a physycal switch on front of case. FN+F8 shows wether wireless communications is

    enabled or disabled.

    For MAC/Apple Based Computers

    MAC OS X 10.4.x (Tiger & Earlier)
    Open MAc Hard Drive > Applications > Utilities folder > Set the Configure pull-down to Airport.
    Make sure the "Airport Power:" says On. (This is the status or your Mac's Airport card.)
    If not, click "Turn Airport On" button.

    MAC OS X 10.5.x (Leopard)
    Click on the: Apple Icon > System Preferences > Network > Airport > Airport Power - On/Off

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    Wifi activation on Dell d610

    After 2 weeks searching i found how to activate Wifi on my D610. You must go on Bios by pressing F12 on boot and in section WiFi choose one of the three options (Off) (By Application) (By pressing Alt+F2) I call the Dell technical service but they dont know how to !!!

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    Macs are easy!

    Quote Originally Posted by kc1111111111 View Post
    ...

    For MAC/Apple Based Computers

    MAC OS X 10.4.x (Tiger & Earlier)
    Open MAc Hard Drive > Applications > Utilities folder >...
    Wrong!

    ...
    MAC OS X 10.5.x (Leopard)
    Click on the: Apple Icon > System Preferences > Network > Airport > Airport Power - On/Off
    Correct but all Airport equipped Macs have the Airport Status Menu enabled by default. To toggle Airport power use that signal strength menu up near the clock to "Turn Airport On" (or Off).

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    Summary Of Wireless Switches, to Date

    ACER
    Acer (General) - FN+F5
    Aspire 1000/1640Z/1690/2012 - Launch Keys above the keyboard
    Aspire 16xx (General) the satellite-like launch button above the keyboard
    Aspire 2000 Series (less Aspire 2012, See Above) - Button on the Front of the Laptop
    Aspire 3005 on the lower right-hand side of your laptop
    Aspire 3500 -
    Aspire 5612 sliding button on the side of the laptop
    Aspire 9302 the blue button on the left-hand side of the laptop
    Aspire 94xx (General) the key found below the Lock key
    Aspire One, in the lower right corner of the palm rest is a small strip with a picture of an antenna on it. An LED to the right of the strip lights to indicate the wireless is turned on.
    Aspire One Series ZG5 -
    Extensa 2000/2500 Series - Far Right launch button above the keyboard
    Ferrari 3000/3020/3400/4000 - Button on Front of Laptop
    Travelmate C Series - Far Left hot key and then choose WLAN from menu that appears

    ADVENT
    7086/7096 - Button next to the power button
    7100 /7104 - Fn+F2
    7201 - Wireless key top Right and then Fn+F2
    8117 - Small slide switch on the Front of Laptop

    Alienware
    M17x - Fn+F2

    ASUS
    ASUS (General) - Fn+F2 (some models may have a seperate switch)
    F5R - Toggle switch located on the Left side of the notebook
    G1S - This laptop supports multi-model switching of the wireless and bluetooth radios via the key command Fn+F2:
    1st press: On both Bluetooth / On WiFi
    2nd press: Off Bluetooth / On WiFi
    3rd press: On Bluetooth / Off WiFi
    4th press: Off Bluetooth / Off WiFi

    BENQ
    Joybook 5000u-d09 - Fn+F12

    DELL

    General - Fn+F2 or Fn+F8 or Fn+F12
    600m - Fn+ F2
    E6400 on the right above the headphone and microphone ports, (next to "Dell Wi-Fi Catcher" button.)
    Inspiron series (Less 5100, See Below) - Fn+F2
    Inspiron 1510/500M/600M/1150 - Fn+F2
    Inspiron 1505 - Wireless icon next to the time (lower right hand corner of screen) right-click & turn radio on.
    Inspirion 1521 - Sliding switch (WiFi Catcher) is on the right side of the laptop (with light).
    Inspiron 1525 - Wireless icon next to the time (lower right hand corner of screen) right-click & turn radio on.
    There may also be a little on/off switch on the side or front of the laptop that you need to check is on.
    Inspiron 1720 - on/off switch on the left side of the laptop
    * Inspiron 5100 - No Built-in Wireless for this model
    Inspiron 6000/8600/9300 - Fn+F2
    Latitude D400/D500/D600/D610/D400/D500/D600/D610/D620/D800 - Fn+F2
    Latitude D630 (D640 and Newer???) - toggle switch on the Left side towards the Front by the PCMCIA slots and headphone jack
    Latitude E6400 - Fn+F2
    Latitude X300 - Fn+F2
    Vostro 1500 - Big button on Left side at rear (No Fn+F# combo to toggle wireless on/off for this model.)
    XPS1210 -
    *Wifi activation on Dell d610*
    Wifi on D610. You can also go to the BIOS by pressing F12 on boot,
    In the WiFi section, choose 1 of the 3 options:
    *(Off) (By Application) (By pressing Alt+F2)

    E-MACHINES
    E-machine (General) - FN+F2

    E-System
    3115 - Slide switch on Front of Laptop (Also has Fn+F5 function)

    FUJITSU/SIEMENS
    Fujitsu (General) - Fn+F10
    Fujitsu/Siemens (General) - Use either the sliding “Wireless” button on the right-hand side of the laptop or use the Fn+F2 key combo
    Some models have the ON/OFF wireless button just below the touchpad.
    Amilo A & D Series - Button above the keyboard on top Right
    Amilo K Series - No Built-in Wireless for this model
    Amilo L/EL Series - Fn+F1
    Amilo La Series - Fn+F2
    Amilo Li Series - Easy launch button (one of 3) on top of keyboard

    GATEWAY
    Gateway Laptop (Not Further Identified0 - Switch on side and then Fn+F2
    7805u FX - Wireless toggle is on front right. Software switch is Fn+F2.
    Fn is not in normal position and is located on the bottom left of the keyboard where CTRL is typically located.

    Gericom
    Cinema 16100 model use the Fn+F1 key combo

    HP (HEWITT-PACKARD) / COMPAQ
    HP/Compaq (General Older models) - Button on upper Left on keyboard deck
    HP/Compaq (General Newer models) - Button on lower Left below keyboard
    Compaq (General) Press and hold the antenna-button on the upper section of your keyboard
    * Compaq Armada Services - No Built-in Wireless for this model
    Compaq Pavilion ZX5190 - Wireless switch is on the keypad, slightly separate from the keys. It has a wireless symbol on it.
    Compaq Presario - Button on the Back
    Compaq Presario CQ Series - Button above the keyboard (antenna icon on button)
    Compaq Presario M2000 - Button above the keyboard (antenna icon on button)
    HP/Compaq 6910p Notebook PC above keyboard to left, 2 buttons to the right of the power button.
    (Wireless on/off LED is on the lower left. left of power/standby light.)
    HP 600 - Button on lower Left below keyboard
    HP NC4000/4010 - Button above Keyboard
    HP NC4220 - Button on Left Side of Laptop Near USB Port
    HP NC6000/6220 - Button above Keyboard
    HP NX9010 - Button on Front side of Laptop
    HP Omnibook 6200 - Button on Left side of Laptop

    IBM / LENOVO
    IBM General - Some models have the wireless slide button on the side of the laptop.
    IBM DV series - use the antenna-like button found on the upper section of your keyboard.
    IBM R40 - Use the Fn+F5 key-combo.
    IBM Thinkpad (General) - Most have software switch or button on Left hand side.
    IBM Thinkpad (model not further identified) wireless switch on Front edge of case.
    IBM T43/X32 - Fn+F5 -Click "Turn On"
    IBM ZD series use the antenna-like button just below the “Lock” key.
    Lenevo - button on the front
    On most models, Fn+F5 opens the menu to display the wireless radio status
    Lenovo T-61 - Slide button on the front of the laptop
    Lenovo X61 - Front edge on the bottom half of the clam shell, to the right of center and facing somewhat downward as the bezel is beveled there.

    MEDION
    General - Fn+F1 or Fn+F2

    MSI
    General - Antenna-like button close to the power switch
    U100 - Fn+F11

    PACKARD BELL
    Easynote B3600 use the Fn+F1
    EasyNote E2/MV46/008 - Fn+F1
    Easynote W7730, Antenna-like wireless button on the side of the laptop.
    MZ36-U024 - Fn+F2

    PHILIPS
    General - Fn+F2 key combo
    X54 - Antenna-like button close to the power switch.

    SAMSUNG
    General - Blue button found in the middle section of the keyboard

    SHARP
    General - Fn+F2

    SONY
    General - Software Switch, "Wireless Device Switch icon" in systems tray (Gray square labled LAN)
    (Many models use both a physical and a software switch)
    Sony Vaio (General) - Switch on front left
    VAIO (General, not further identified) - Button (or slide switch) on the Front Left or Right side
    VAIO - VGW-AW125T - Button on Front Left, below keyboard
    VAIO - VGN-AX570G - Button on Front Left
    VAIO - VGN-B2560 - On top left of Keyboard (light say's wireless when on)

    TARGA
    Companion 811 - Fn+F2

    TOSHIBA
    General - Fn+F5 or Fn+F8 or physical switch
    A100-078 - Sliding button on the right-hand side of the laptop
    Eqium Series - Slide switch on Front of Laptop
    Libretto Series - Slide switch on Left hand side
    M1 & M2 - Switch on Left side of Laptop, towards Front
    M40 and M70 - ON/OFF antenna-like button.
    Portege & Qosmio Series - Slide switch on the Left hand side
    Quantium Series - Slide switch on the Left hand side
    R100 - Switch on Right side of Laptop
    Satego Series - Slide Switch on the Right hand side
    Satellite (General) - Physical switch on front of case, below keyboard deck, to left of center.
    (FN+F8 shows wether wireless communications is enabled or disabled. )
    Satellite (Model Not further identified) - On the Front of case, below keyboard deck, to left of center, (may require Fn+F8 to turn on)
    Satellite 1400/1405 - (may/maynot have wireless) For models w/wireless radios, right side of case, below Floppy Drive.
    Satellite L355D-S7825 - switch is on the front edge of the case, below keyboard just left of center.
    Satellite A60-S1662 - Slide switch on right side between USB Port and Mic & headphone jacks
    Satellite Pro - On the Side or Front
    TE2000 - Switch on Left side of Laptop, by volume control
    Tecra 2100 - Switch on Left side of Laptop, by volume control
    FN+F8 shows whether wireless communications is enabled or disabled.

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    For MAC/Apple Based Computers

    MAC OS X 10.4.x (Tiger & Earlier)
    Open MAc Hard Drive > Applications > Utilities folder > Set the Configure pull-down to Airport.
    Make sure the "Airport Power:" says On. (This is the status or your Mac's Airport card.)
    If not, click "Turn Airport On" button.

    MAC OS X 10.5.x (Leopard)
    Click on the: Apple Icon > System Preferences > Network > Airport > Airport Power - On/Off
    Airport power can also be toggled off/on fom the WiFi idon on the top bar menu.
    _____________________________________________________________________________
    This list is a compilation of information gathered both internally and externally by numerous tech support agents from a variety of sources. It is not all enclusive and is subject to change as more information is gathered on both older and newer, makes and models of computers & wireless radio equipment

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    I was looking for this the other day. i dont usually post in forums but i wanted to say thank you!
    eXistenZ

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    Hi i have just purchased a zoostorm freedom 10-270 netbook

    I am unable to turn on the wireless. I have tried Fn and F2 but nothing happens.

    Any idears welcome Thanks

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    hello, i have this latop too from argoss for the 199 deal, i am currently having the same problem i press fn + f2 and it seems to do nothing aswell as fn+f1 the webcam button. so im not alone in all this then
    Last edited by nataliee; 04-08-10 at 05:45 AM. Reason: spelling mistake

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    My 2 cents:

    Gateway NV53 (looks same for all NV series)
    Touch sensitive antenna icon above F-Keys

    HP dv3000 series
    LED on front left edge with antenna icon, orange is off, blue is on
    Match logo there to touch sensitive button above keyboard
    Last edited by helpdesk; 08-16-10 at 05:56 PM.

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    Just to get the work out, I am still looking for new wireless switch Info, if you know of any please post here.

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    Help me! How to use fn key to on the wifi in neo!

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    How to on my wifi in my loptop NEO?
    tnx for the help.

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    aw

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    For those people who have an ASUS laptop the switch is on the left hand side next to the usb plug, i could only find on this forum that fn f2 (some models may have a switch) well thank you i found the switch.....even telstra are dimwits and couldnt tell us how to activate the wifi....

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    Turning on wireless button

    I have a compaq presario c700 with windows vista and my wireless button wont turn on. How do i get it to turn on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slyda View Post
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    Dell Inspiron 1510 ---- Fn / F2
    Thanks a lot, you made my day!

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    I have an Asus Notebook K40C/K50C Series, the wireless capability has gone off and Fn+F2 isn'tworking to switch it back on.Is there any other way to enable connectivity?

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