+ 0 Votes try bridging wireless and lan connections Eudaimonic November 27, 2013 at 10:45am PST I found a solution, and it involves temporarily bridging the wireless and lan connections (then unbridging). See http://technopaideia.blogspot.com/2013/11/frustrating-but-ultimately-successful.html + 1 Votes RE:- If so, can I replace it OH Smeg July 6, 2013 at 8:33am PST Easy answer is no you can not replace it. This is not a Notebook it is a Netbook so it has a low power Processor small screen and as a result case and no Optical Drive. The result is that things are stuffed inside the case and are not easily accessable. But if you want to have a go the Service Manual for this unit is located here. ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_laptop/esuprt_inspiron_laptop/inspiron-mini10v_service%20manual_en-us.pdf Col + 0 Votes Reponse To Answer ralphchas July 9, 2013 at 3:17am PST banny33 - Tks for your comment. I will keep it on file for the future if nec. RL + 0 Votes Beware whitelisted cards gechurch July 7, 2013 at 2:11am PST I don't know it's that bad. In my limited experience, notebooks these days are pretty easy to work with. The small notebooks/netbooks I've seen are a cinch to get in to. Be aware though that most manufacturers have a whitelist in their BIOS of accepted WiFi cards. Don't expect to be able to buy any old WiFi card and use it. There's every chance that when you boot the laptop with the new card in that you'll see a message saying "Unauthorized card found. This has been disabled" or something equivalent. + 0 Votes Ensure All Hardware is Functioning Tyharo July 8, 2013 at 12:47am PST Try to get to the device manager in XP and ensure all devices listed under the "Network Adapters" tab have no issues. This could also be a driver issue, I'd say go to Dell's website and see if you can find drivers for your wireless card on their site. Install the new drivers, restart and see if you can turn the card on or off with the fn + F2 combo. I have also see some laptops have the wireless adapter disabled in the BIOS but that is a rare site. + 0 Votes Uninstall wireless drivers avlwiz July 8, 2013 at 3:33am PST Go to device manager and uninstall the wireless driver. Click the + sign next to the network adapters and then right click the wireless adapter and select "uninstall". This will remove the driver and adapter from device manager. Then right click the "network adapter" and choose "scan for hardware changes" It should load the correct drivers from the original install, if not, go to dell/drivers/R210421 and try installing it again. + 1 Votes Try re-seating the hardware kmthom July 8, 2013 at 4:30am PST Follow the link above to download the product manual and get to the wireless card. I would try unplugging the card and re-seating it, then power back up and see what happens. Sometimes, those little antennae wires have a tendency to pop loose - hopefully that is what happened and is an easy fix. Just be sure to plug them back in the right way. A cell-phone camera comes in handy if you have trouble remembering how something looks before you tear into it. + 0 Votes If you are not connected wirelessly tintoman July 8, 2013 at 7:02pm PST as you state in your post, then the fact that you are being disconnected from the internet is nothing to do with the wireless lan card. As I understand it, pressing and releasing the Fn key toggles to Functions on or off, so try pressing the Fn key on its own, (not Fn and F2 together) then press the F2 to turn on the wireless. If that doesn't work do it again and it should come on. + 0 Votes I'd go with grh July 8, 2013 at 7:04pm PST avlwiz's suggestion. This is the first thing I do and usually it works; if not try it a couple of times at least. I have also done a system restore as well if it fails and that works too. I think sometimes a system update upsets it so it sulks a bit. + 0 Votes News from ralphchas ralphchas July 9, 2013 at 1:17am PST Many thanks to all of you. I tried many of the things suggested - none have worked. However, since I use this computer at a desk very close to the router (which is a new Netgear28, by the way) I decided to just disable the wireless card and it is plugged from the computer into the router direct. btw, I noted in the help section (right click on the wireless icon in the tray) that if you plug the cable from the router into the computer, it wil automatically disable the WLAN card. I removed the direct plug, but I was unable to enable the card (Fn-F2 does not work in any manner) and also the computer does not show any of the nearby WiFi signals from my and other nearyby routers in the neighborhood. All other compiuers in the LAN show multiple bars. I used this computer on a trip to Europe a few yrs ago and it worked fine and picked up all local WiFi signals. I just do not have any more time to play with this. Trying to make a living!!!! If I decide to move it around in the future, I'll have to address this problem again - I have kept printouts of all your suggestions and wish to thank you all again for your assistance and concern. RL + 1 Votes sorry posted this then saw your reply... banny33 July 9, 2013 at 1:49am PST If you go to device manager, drill down to the wireless device and right click, it should tell you why it isn't working - Disabled, Incorrect Driver etc etc If its an incorrect driver, download driver pack http://drp.su This should update/add the drivers and update any other dated drivers that you may still have installed.