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Wireless problem on dell inspiron 1545

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Hello everyone,

I can't connect to the wireless network at my university:

I have 2 network adapters: Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card, Marvell Yukon 88E80 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller.

I don't know what more info I can give to help you.

BTW I already turned the wireless switch on, but windows xp still says: "No wireless networks were found in range"

Any help would be appreciated, thanks :)

 

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  • have you tried pushing the F2 key? On this particular model, you dont need to push fn+f2; Only F2 key; pressing it once should enable wireless. Try that. If it doesnt work;

  • hey kiterunner, thanks for your reply :)

    Yes, I pressed it and I could see the "x" mark doesn't show on the taskbar when I press it. So the wireless switch is on.

    I can't think of other stuff to try. Can you?

  • try this if you have XP; (wont help if you have vista)

    Start >> All Programs >> Dell Wireless >> Dell Wireless card utility >> Uncheck the first two boxes >>> Apply and OK;

    and then Start >> Connect to >> Wireless network connection >>> click on your network and hit connect button

     

    If you have Vista; follow this:

    Start >> Connect To >> Click on your network and hit the connect button;

    PS: The F2 key acts like a switch; so if you push it once it will turn off the wireless and if you push it again; it will turn ON the wireless

  • Hello Everyone,

    I can't connect to the wireless network.

    I have turn off my wireless connect.

    Is there a switch for the Dell Inspiron 1545 to turn wireless off and on?

  • reneec59,

     

    Did you try Fn and F2 at the same time or F2?

     

    Places to look to see if your Connection is enabled

     

    If you cannot connect, try running Finding System Information REMOVE YOUR PRODUCT ID and post the rest of the information back here.

     

     

    Rick

    #DellRockStar

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  • Uhh! Wow I am a little embarassed. I was ready to reinsatll drivers, Windows and the next nine yards before I read your advice. And I knew this too. Like I learned before..KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid. Thanks!

  • Thanks a lot !!!!

    I have tried nearly anything over the last 24 hours, and was pulling my hair ....

  • Andrew42,

     

    You were doing WHAT???

     

    Glad you figured it out.

     

    Take care,

     

     

    Rick

    #DellRockStar

    What is a Dell Service Tag and how do I locate it? 

     

     

    Original poster, If you have solved your problem, can you please mark the correct thread(s) with your solution. Thanks 

    Welcome to Dell Community!

  • KITERUNNER, you nailed it!!  Some programmer should be slapped for this one.

    Wonder how many people have had this problem.  Never would I have just hit the F2 key.  Just doesn't make sense. Think how easy it is to turn the wireless off by mistake!!!!!

    Thanks.....

    Bill 

  • THANK YOU!!!!  This worked, it has been driving me crazy for months I couldn't get online, not even the techs on the phone could help me from my local internet co.  Whew......what a great day!!  F2......not FN + F2 who would have done that.  I accidently turned it off and didn't realize it then couldn't put it back on.  

  • Madsel,

     

    Glad you got it working! Yes Thanks for posting back.

     

    Take care,

     

     

    Rick

    #DellRockStar

    What is a Dell Service Tag and how do I locate it? 

     

     

    Original poster, If you have solved your problem, can you please mark the correct thread(s) with your solution. Thanks 

    Welcome to Dell Community!

  • LOL. Didn't even try "just pressing f2" smack my head against the wall for an hour before reading this post thanks. Smile