Recently rebooted Windows XP on laptop and can't find wireless internet

By lizaleesternik ·
Hello all, I'm not great with computers so this question might be a quick fix (hopefully). I recently got a virus on my Dell Inspiron 1520 and rebooted my computer. I reloaded Windows XP and am in the process of reloading the other disks my computer came with. The only issue is, I don't know how to get my wireless internet back. My computer has a built in wireless card (I'm not sure which type it is which isn't helpful), and before is crashed the internet worked well. Now, whenever I go to "Internet Connections" all that shows up are possible wired internet connections which I don't have. The other problem is I use my computer at school and don't have my own wireless network server so I can't use the Wireless Internet Setup Wizard because I don't have my own internet provider. How do I find my wireless internet card?

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Load on your Driver disk that came with your computer/laptop..

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Recently rebooted Windows ...

When you have this loaded (and all of the updates of which you will need a wired connection) or download this XP SP3 ISO disk format:
With this SP3 in ISO format you will need a ISO burner, go here:
Now when you have your computer all up to date, then go into your router and find your password or change it. You should have a button on your laptop that activates the wireless link or if you have a add on card you might need to active it through your software of which came with your laptop.
To find out which wireless card you have go to "Device manager".
Start > settings > control panel > system > device manager. You then look for "network adaptors", right click on it and select "properties" this should give you the name of the wireless card.
Hope all works out for you.

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by IT-Sim?n In reply to Load on your Driver disk ...

*you'll need another computer with internet access*

at the dell website ""

1. choose "drivers and downloads"
2. click on "choose by service tag"
3. enter your service tag and click go( the service tag will be on a white sticker on the bottom of your computer.
4. here you can download all the drivers you need. make sure operating system is correct.

Also very helpfull= on the left you can click on system configuration, then click on original system configuration. this will show you everything that was shipped with your computer (hardware and software)

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I bet you'll need other drivers as well.

by IT-Sim?n In reply to Recently rebooted Windows ...

Make sure you-
1. click "start"
2. right click "my computer" go to properties.
3. click the hardware tab
4. click the device manager button.

Every question mark you see here is a device in your comuputer that doesn't know what to do (is missing drivers).

follow my previous instructions and download the drivers from and you should get everything working again.

remember you have a fairly new computer so if you're missing any Cds you can call dell and they'll ship them to you for free.

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Did you run the Dell drivers disk?

by seanferd In reply to Recently rebooted Windows ...

You driver may be on there. Or it may be on a disk specifically used for the wireless driver.

Does the laptop have a Wireless button? Is it on?

As mentioned previously, check in Device Manager for your wireless network card or unknown devices.

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same problem here

by dearmariana In reply to Recently rebooted Windows ...

exactly the same. no replies yet?

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