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How do i enable wireless ability on IBM thinkpad R40, WINDOWS XP ?

By dmoney1 ·
i just got this computer as a second computer, how do get the wireless to work? i reinstalled all the wireless drivers from the lenovo site but i still dont see any wireless connection the network page. Also i don't see a wifi on/off switch

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See if this helps you out.....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to How do i enable wireless ...

The physical switch and the software switch you can enable/disable by pressing FN+ F5 or FN+F6.
Also make sure you have XP SP3 installed.

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by dmoney1 In reply to See if this helps you out ...

i tried both the fn+f5 & f6 and nothing happened. i have the service sp3 installed.

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What wireless adapter is in the machine?

by robo_dev In reply to How do i enable wireless ...

Is it an internal mini-PCI adapter?

Do you see the WLAN adapter in Wndows Device Manager?

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Go into the device manager...

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to How do i enable wireless ...

And see if there are any yellow markers on any of your componants in there. If there are then just right click on them and choose "Update drivers". Is there any switch on the front of your machine to enable/disable Wifi?

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by dmoney1 In reply to Go into the device manage ...

thanks i think i found the problem... i checked the device manager and there was no wireless adapter listed. i am assuming this did not come with a wireless card preinstalled. so i guess i have to purchase one and install it correct?

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If it did not come with a wireless adapter....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to How do i enable wireless ...
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by dmoney1 In reply to If it did not come with a ...
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Note that some IBM laptops required you to use THEIR WLAN mini-PCI card

by robo_dev In reply to How do i enable wireless ...

most IBM laptops have a Mini-PCI slot in the bottom, and have the antenna cables already in the machine. You just pop in the adapter, connect the two antenna wires, and you're all set.

Personally, I've had poor results with some USB wiFi adapters, so a PC-Card wifi adapter would be my second choice after a mini-pci. The mini-PCI is nice since it's built-in, so it cannot be lost or damaged.

If the R40 is one of the ones that tries to force you to use an IBM mini-pci adapter (which is a Cisco card) there is a program to hack the bios called No-1802.

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_with_unauthorized_MiniPCI_network_card

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R40 wireless adapter

by JeffDeWitt In reply to How do i enable wireless ...

The R40 is an older machine, I bet you could find either a wireless card or a whole parts machine including the card on someplace like eBay for not very much money.

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