Going nuts here over what must surely be a simple issue???????
Last year we purchased a new Dell laptop, great, never a problem. It came with an inbuilt wireless card but as we weren't on wireless at the time, I think (repeat: 'think') I right-clicked the wireless icon in the tray to disable it on account of wanting to stop it from hunting for networks every time I booted up.
We've now finally gone wireless, no probs, a Netgear router serving two PCs upstairs. All we want to do now is hook the lappie into the network.
Can we? Not a chance.
The wireless icon in the bottom tray still has the 'X' over it signifying it's switched off.
To enable it (so it can start looking for networks again) all that's necessary -- allegedly -- is to press Fn and F2 together. Job done!
Except: it isn't. Repeated pressing of this blasted combination achieves nothing at all. The thing is still disabled.
Going into trouble shooting mode (and everything else) merely leads back to the same old on-screen splash:
[b]"Wireless is turned off. Press Fn+F2 to enable wireless networking."[/b]
Yeah. Great. I can press until the keys have worn out but it still won't alter a thing.
Device manager says it's an Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection and that "this device is working properly".
Which of course it may well be, but if the damn thing is switched off and can't be switched back on, a fat lot of good that is.
Any ideas? Steam's coming out of my ears here. . .