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    • LydiaJ
    • By LydiaJ 22nd Jan 09, 9:54 PM
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    LydiaJ
    Wireless problem (Dell Inspiron 1545)
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    • 22nd Jan 09, 9:54 PM
    Wireless problem (Dell Inspiron 1545) 22nd Jan 09 at 9:54 PM
    Hi All

    I have a fairly new Dell Inspiron 1545. It's been working wirelessly without problems until recently, but now it says its wireless is disabled, and I can't work out how to enable it again.

    I can see the icon with the red X in the notification area saying that wireles is disabled. If I right click and tell it to "enable radio" I get a message box saying "The Dell wireless WLAN card is still disabled. Slide the wireless ON/OFF switch to enable it." But I can't find a slide switch, and I didn't think the machine had one. I've tried pression Fn-F2, and holding them down for several seconds, but nothing happens. I've tried disconnecting everything and rebooting, but it doesn't help.

    When I look in the help files under troubleshooting, I read that there's a "Disable Upon Wired Connect property" which I know I don't want. I occasionally take the machine into work, where I use it wired, and I don't want to keep having to reenable the wireless every time I take it home again. But the help files don't tell me how to deselect this option. I am (obviously) using it wired to type this plea for help, but I have been disconnecting the wired connection every time I try switching the wireless back on.

    Any helpful suggestions would be much appreciated. People on here have been so helpful to me in the past. Thank you very much.
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    • LydiaJ
    • By LydiaJ 22nd Jan 09, 10:36 PM
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    • 22nd Jan 09, 10:36 PM
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    • 22nd Jan 09, 10:36 PM
    Thanks very much loaner.

    I don't think there is a wireless light.

    I've tried control panel ... wireless connection etc. It knows the name of my network, and says it's set to connect automatically. If I try to tell it to connect, it complains that it can't find any wireless networks.

    If it's disabled in the bios, how do I change that please?

    Thanks loads.
    Tyre performance in wet conditions deteriorates rapidly when they get below about 3mm - change yours when they get dangerous, not just when they are approaching illegal (1.6mm).
    Oh, and wear your seatbelt. My kids are only alive because they were wearing theirs when somebody else was driving in wet weather with worn tyres.
    • Phantom Flan Flinger
    • By Phantom Flan Flinger 22nd Jan 09, 10:41 PM
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    • 22nd Jan 09, 10:41 PM
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    • 22nd Jan 09, 10:41 PM
    On the left hand side of the laptop, look closely at the rear near the hinge. There should be a little slide switch there which moves forward and backwards. It should have a little wireless symbol on it.
    Last edited by Phantom Flan Flinger; 22-01-2009 at 10:46 PM.
    Dave.
  • Bielzibub
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    • 23rd Jan 09, 1:46 AM
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    • 23rd Jan 09, 1:46 AM
    If not, check the function keys (f1 to f12) and the icons in the little squares. If one of them looks like a wifi symbol, press the Fn button on the keyboard at the bottom at the same time as the function key with the symbol on.

    Alternatively, go to Device Manager, expand network adapters, right click on the wifi one and select enable.
    Bielzibub
    • LydiaJ
    • By LydiaJ 23rd Jan 09, 8:35 AM
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    • 23rd Jan 09, 8:35 AM
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    • 23rd Jan 09, 8:35 AM
    Thanks everyone.

    It appears in device manager. It says it's working normally. If I right click it, "disable" appears in the list - implying it's enabled currently.

    I've looked really carefully at the side of the machine and there really isn't a slide switch there. There's one on the Dell I have for work (can't remember the model but it's not an Inspiron), but not on my own one.

    The wifi function key is F2. Pressing Fn-F2 doesn't do anything.

    Still stuck :-(
    Tyre performance in wet conditions deteriorates rapidly when they get below about 3mm - change yours when they get dangerous, not just when they are approaching illegal (1.6mm).
    Oh, and wear your seatbelt. My kids are only alive because they were wearing theirs when somebody else was driving in wet weather with worn tyres.
    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 23rd Jan 09, 8:56 AM
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    • #6
    • 23rd Jan 09, 8:56 AM
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    • 23rd Jan 09, 8:56 AM
    Does the 1545 have the wireless ""pan pipes"" symbol on the right bottom task bar. On the 1501 if I double click it the utility comes up, is the radio enabled box clicked?
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  • PsychoPingu
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    • 23rd Jan 09, 8:11 PM
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    • 23rd Jan 09, 8:11 PM
    Just had the same issue with my partner's parent's laptop. Got the solution - for some strange reason Dell reversed the function keys so what would have been Fn+F2 on older models is now F2.

    So simply pressing the F2 key on its own (without the Fn key) should do the trick.
  • bjohnson2828
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    • 14th Feb 09, 6:03 PM
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    • 14th Feb 09, 6:03 PM
    PsychoPingu! You are correct. I just purchased a Dell 1545 and by simply pressing the F2 key, my wireless enabled just fine.

    Thank you!
  • TechTiger
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    • 23rd Aug 09, 4:18 AM
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    • 23rd Aug 09, 4:18 AM
    I just currently went looking for information about this particular issue, and found this site. After seeking to find said "slide switch" and couldn't find it, I found that the post regarding the F2 key was indeed correct.

    While I'm not sure if the Fn key had anything to do with it, as it seemed to disable or enable without it (I think it's an activation of the icon), it worked. I suggest opening your network settings, and getting it to bring up the "card is disabled" message, and leave it open as you press the button. It should automatically refresh, stating it is enabled. This is what happened when I did this on my step-dad's Inspiron 1545.

    Hope that helps.
  • ted45
    Turning wireless on/off on Dell Inspiron
    Laptop wireless went out when my kid hit a bunch of keys.


    Running Ubuntu 8.10 on a Dell Inspiron 1545


    Wireless button (F2 with the tower icon) did not work with the Fn button to turn the wireless on/off.


    ultimate solution: hitting F2 once turns off the wireless connection; but to turn it back on requires holding down the F2 button for a long time, like 30 seconds or a minute
  • coverguy
    Ted45, your solution worked like a charm thank you so much!

    At first when I read I was skeptical that why would Dell want a user to hold the F2 button for so long (plus 20 seconds atleast) but then realised that it worked. Pretty lame design by Dell.

    I also tried pressing the F2 key and clicking Refresh available network and that seemed to work instantly, see if it works for you too?

    Lydia thanks for posting the problem.
  • mikelbsd
    I had the exact same problem as the OP. I spent hours trying to fix it including all suggestions on this thread and none worked. I have a Linksys 320n routher. On the back there is a small hole with "Reset" printed above it. Inside the hole is a small button. I pressed it with the tip of a pin and the problem immediately fixed itself.

    Hope this helps someone.

    Mike
    • mallard
    • By mallard 3rd Jan 10, 10:35 AM
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    mallard
    Thanks for the information about the F2 switch. Got my daughter an inspiron for xmas and the wireless stopped working - usually i am okay with pc problems but this one foxed me yet the answer is so simple!! But what a daft setting as it is so easy to press the F2 by mistake! Anyway thanks for the info
  • fene
    Thanks a lot....
    I had this wireless problem 4m so many days saying wireless capability is turned off.. now its solved and i am very very happy.. :-)
  • Spudweiser3
    Thanks!
    Thanks a lot for your post! Saved me a few hundred in buying a new laptop! I had to repeat the process a few times and tried holding down Fn and then pressing F2, and tried holding F2 while I pressed refresh. Not sure what combination ended up working but it did, so Thanks!
    -J
  • rudafris
    Thanks
    You are correct. Dell Inspirion 1545 wireless enabled just fine by simply pressing the F2 key only.

    Thank you![/QUOTE]


    Rudafris
    Last edited by rudafris; 12-10-2010 at 3:45 AM. Reason: missing words
  • monisha677
    cannot make wireless connection
    wireless light is not turning on even when i press fn-f2 key.but i checked in control panel and i have shown the message that "no connection is available" .what shall i do to get connected?please clarify
  • Figment
    wireless light is not turning on even when i press fn-f2 key.but i checked in control panel and i have shown the message that "no connection is available" .what shall i do to get connected?please clarify
    Originally posted by monisha677

    Press the F2 button on it's own
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