wireless keys on laptop

  22moodindigo 19:44 02 Feb 2012
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I have a Gareway laptop MT6839b...I am trying to turn wireless on.. before going wireless...I have tried Fn+F2..can't see symbol on lower right screen can't see a switch on sides or bottom..the laptop is able to go wireless it has sticker 802.a/b/g11 I run Vista ..my router is Echolife HG 520b wireless supplied by Talktalk.... can anyone help...I think I need to go somewhere "inside" to enable wireless ?? Thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:18 02 Feb 2012

Check card is working in device manager

  22moodindigo 22:24 02 Feb 2012

Thanks FB...looked in device manager.not sure what to do there...

  birdface 23:54 02 Feb 2012

Try Fn and F1,

Not a little switch on the front or sides that you turn on is there or a key that looks like a radio mast.

  birdface 00:15 03 Feb 2012

It is not on the start of the touchpad is it.

  lotvic 01:44 03 Feb 2012

It should be Fn+F2 I think according to ClickHere

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:52 03 Feb 2012

In device manager open + network adaptors are there any exclamation marks (red or yellow) against the wireless adaptor?

  22moodindigo 20:00 03 Feb 2012

Tried Fn+F2 and other combinations..pressed F2 ( which has wireless symbol)..no go

Looked at device manager...Network Adaptors..shows Intel (R) PRO/wireless 3945ABG Network Connection.....................seems ok...no yellow or red symbols....I double clicked on there..another box appeared telling me it was working correctly........I am stumped !!!

  lotvic 21:30 03 Feb 2012
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It's definitely hold down FN key and press F2 according to the pdf: 8511884 - Gateway Notebook Reference Guide for Windows Vista

The wireless status indicator light is at the bottom right below the touchpad (((o)))

OR you could: Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories then click on Window Mobility Centre.

The Windows Mobility Centre opens, now you can click on 'Turn Wireless ON' or 'Turn Wireless OFF'

  22moodindigo 21:39 03 Feb 2012

looked at touchpad as I clicked Fn+F2...all very faint on pad...BUT as I click Fn+F2 a light goes on and off....but on bottom lefthand side of touchpad.....so THAT must be it..!! ..I was looking at r/h side of task bar for symbol..never thought of lights on pad.....GREAT....Thank you ALL...very much I think all is now ok..!!! Many thanks again...u have made a dummy..happy !!!!!

  lotvic 22:05 03 Feb 2012

Glad it's sorted, and it was my typo that confused location of status indicator:

should have been

The wireless status indicator light is at the bottom left, right below the touchpad (((o)))

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