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How do I turn on WIFI without the keyboard.


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#1 nickautomatic

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:50 PM

I have a netbook/notebook with some keys do not work anymore. I am now using an external keyboard but it does not funtion exactly as the built in keyboard. Using the built in key, I can turn some features like turning on the wifi by pressing fn keys and F8. But with the external keyboard, it does not work. I cannot turn on WIFI anymore or any other feature that this netbook has.

 

I am considering replacing the built-in keyboard but do not have budget as of the moment. I tried google but it did not help.

I have U135DX, I believe, it's the model number. It's MSI, running windows 7 starter. These are the information. I hope that will help.

 



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:15 PM

Some wireless adapters allow you to enable/disable radio in their advanced settings but I am not sure if this would work for a wireless adapter disabled via the keyboard.

 

You could disable the wireless adapter you have and purchase a USB wireless adapter like this.



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:17 PM

Thank you JohnC_31. I will try that.



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:21 PM

By the way, can it be turned on using a mouse like going to the control panel or sort of?



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:22 PM

If the computer stays in one place and is not moved around much, you might want to look at a USB adapter with an antenna that can get you more range.

 

Edit: Yes, it would not depend on any keys on the netbook. You could do anything with a mouse and your external keyboard.

 

Here is an adapter with an external antenna I was referring to. There are many on Ebay also.


Edited by JohnC_21, 24 January 2015 - 02:27 PM.


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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:28 PM

Yeah, I get that. But what I am trying to do is to turn the WIFI on without the built-in keyboard. Usually, I just press Fn (funtion) key and F8 keys. Since this built-in keyboard no longer works, I can no longer use the wireless connection. I tried using external keyboard but it does not help. Sorry to sound stupid or dumb.



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:34 PM

 

Edit: Yes, it would not depend on any keys on the netbook. You could do anything with a mouse and your external keyboard.

Do you have an idea how to do it?



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 03:08 PM

I've been reading this page: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/HowToConnectToAWirelessWIFINetworkFromTheCommandLineInWindows7.aspx

 

As a result I created two batch files. One named Connect.bat and the other named disconnect.bat

They are both located on the desktop

 

Disconnect.bat contains:

netsh wlan disconnect

 

Connect.bat contains:

netsh wlan connect name=[MySSID]

 

I can connect or disconnect my WIFI by double clicking the appropriate batch file.

 

I recommend giving it a try.



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 03:28 PM

Great, I will give it a try HairCut when I get home. Currently at work.



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 05:37 PM

Most times the USB wireless is simply plug and play. Windows will automatically install the drivers and you should see available networks. If it needs a driver, those are either shipped with the adapter or downloaded from the manufacturers site.



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 05:39 PM

Most times the USB wireless is simply plug and play. Windows will automatically install the drivers and you should see available networks. If it needs a driver, those are either shipped with the adapter or downloaded from the manufacturers site.

I understand now. Thanks for that information.  I will give it a shot. Thank you.



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 06:22 PM

Hey Nick,
Check if you can change the settings in BIOS such that 'f' keys toggle to behave like if 'fn' is already pressed.
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Posted 24 January 2015 - 06:25 PM

I have not tried that but I will give it a shot as well. Thanks for that CV. Bleeping rocks!






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