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

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

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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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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dmoney1

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

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robo_dev

Is it an internal mini-PCI adapter?

Do you see the WLAN adapter in Wndows Device Manager?

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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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dmoney1

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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robo_dev

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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JeffDeWitt

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.