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Is there a software fix for a broken wifi switch?

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Is there a software fix for a broken wifi switch?

comptech499
So I've come across multiple laptops with broken wireless switches. I've also seen many answers that require taking apart the computer, or reinstalling drivers and such.

I want to know...is there a way to enable wireless without the switch? Maybe a line in the registry? Command at the command prompt? Or, here's a thought for an overpriced OS...a software toggle?
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    Wizard-09

    Fn and f2 if f2 is the sign for the wireless, that should work for you ?

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    comptech499

    Its an older Vaio. The f2 button was something else. What about a registry tweak? Service tweak? Something in the properties of the wireless card, which by the way actually shows up with no errors.

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    Wizard-09

    Wireless program, maybe that will help you out maybe let you manage the wireless card from it.

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    comptech499

    I'll take a look around.

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    oldbaritone

    on the make/model of the computer. Some do, some don't.

    Also, some wireless configuration software has Radio On/Radio Off capability.

    Look around for a manufacturer's wifi driver package with a configuration dashboard, and you may be able to enable/disable in software, even if the physical switch is broken.

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    Yes

    Wizard-09

    Fn and f2 if f2 is the sign for the wireless, that should work for you ?

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    comptech499

    Its an older Vaio. The f2 button was something else. What about a registry tweak? Service tweak? Something in the properties of the wireless card, which by the way actually shows up with no errors.

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    Wizard-09

    Wireless program, maybe that will help you out maybe let you manage the wireless card from it.

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    comptech499

    I'll take a look around.

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    oldbaritone

    on the make/model of the computer. Some do, some don't.

    Also, some wireless configuration software has Radio On/Radio Off capability.

    Look around for a manufacturer's wifi driver package with a configuration dashboard, and you may be able to enable/disable in software, even if the physical switch is broken.