my compaq laptop wireless stopped working,wont connect

June 19, 2012 at 10:31:37
Specs: Windows 7
wireless turned off. My Compaq brand new laptop stopped connecting to a wireless network in the middle of being online. Now it will not connect to the internet and says wireless utility is turned off. It says to use switch on side or front or use a function key. We cannot find a switch anywhere.what function key do we use? We are running windows 7. Please advise.

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#1
June 19, 2012 at 10:37:52
Press the Fn key, then press one of the F-keys (F1-F12) to turn on the wireless. There should be a symbol on the key that looks like little waves or something similar. Hit that key.

You've been helped by a 14 year old.


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#2
June 19, 2012 at 10:49:50
It didn't work (I rely on 14 yo people all the time, doesnt hurt my feelings)

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#3
June 19, 2012 at 10:59:38
Go here:
http://partsurfer.hp.com/search.aspx
Scroll down a bit.
Look for the similar label on the outside of your computer.
Quote the specific Model number
Quote the Product number (P/N)

Some laptops and netbooks have a non-standard button, it may be on the keyboard, or switch that toggles the wireless adapter's broadcast on/off - you may have pressed that or moved that un-intentionally and toggled that OFF.

The computer can't connect to anything wirelessly when that wireless broadcast is OFF.

If the wireless broadcast can be toggled on/off by whatever means, there's probably an led on the computer that indicates that by lighting up when that's ON.

Your laptop or netbook may be using a proprietary wireless settings utility that came with the drivers for the wireless adapter, or the Wireless Zero settings utility that's built into Windows - Windows can only use one or the other for a particular wireless adapter.

If Windows is using a proprietary wireless settings utility that came with the drivers for the wireless adapter, the Wireless Zero settings utility in Windows is disabled, and there is some other wireless settings utility listed under All Programs.


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