I can't connect my laptop to the internet

April 1, 2011 at 00:56:13
Specs: XP Pro 2002 SP/3, 504MB Ram
For some reason, I can't connect my laptop to the internet. When I enable wireless connection it starts but there is an "x" over the icon and it never connects. When I go to view available wireless connections the window is empty. No wireless signals even though my desktop is connected and it shows at least 10 network signals in range. I also tried connecting through my LAN and although the icon shows it is connected, I am unable to open any websites. I think it's a virus but not sure. Please help.

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April 1, 2011 at 01:04:56
Is there a switch on your Laptop to enable/disable the wireless network card? This is often provided to enhance battery life when wireless is not needed.

Often it's a slide switch, mine is on the front edge, but sometimes it's an <Fn> key combination. The manual for your laptop should tell you.

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April 1, 2011 at 01:23:33
No there isn't a switch to enable or disable the wireless network card. I usually enable and disable by opening the network connections window.

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April 1, 2011 at 03:35:54
Perhaps you could let us know the make and model of your laptop. It may be relevant.

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