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Turn Off Flight Mode & Turn On Wireless Devices


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#1 RobertWfr

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 05:14 AM

Hi All,

 

I am using Windows 8.1 and had to refresh my computer as I was experiencing some problems. Everything seemed to be normal so I started slowly installing the programs I had before. Now a few days after, I find that my wireless device is Off and Flight Mode is On. I have been in settings but the relevant switches are disabled.

Can anybody tell me how to fix this please ? I really don't know how it happened. Can it be that my laptop is still infected ?

 

Thanks,

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 07:46 AM

Is there a physical switch on your laptop for wireless? Often on the edges of your laptop... easy to miss.



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 08:39 AM

Adding to what TsVk! said, if you don't have a physical switch, do you have a F key that controls the WiFi? Usually, there should be a little light on that key that is blue when the wireless adapter is enabled and red/orange when it's disabled. You can usually use it by pressing on Fn + that F key (if you didn't disable the Fn key in the BIOS). Also for the physical switch, to check if there's one, actually check all around the laptop to see if there's one. Look for a little antenna icon. Don't just pass your hands as you'll most likely miss it, take the time to look properly.

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 03:04 PM

Hi Guys,

 

Thanks for that. You got it in one, a little embarrassing for me but I'm getting used to it. I should have paid more attention to the manuals that came with the computer.

 

There is no wirelesss switch tucked in a corner, instead it uses the FN + PrtScr combination to turn the wireless Off & On.

I am a bit surprised that the Windows troubleshooter could identify the problem but is unable to switch the WiFi back on for me.

 

I did not mention that I use a Dell Inspiron 15 (5,000 series) laptop. So far I am satisfied with the performance but wish that Dell had put in a better Touch-Pad.

 

 

Before this I used, and still have, a Sony Viao running Windows 7. That was not a good experience as there are too many things running for the processor to cope with. When I got this laptop I restored the Sony to factory specs using its built-in function, I had no problem losing all my applications and data but am truly disappointed that the performance has improved only marginally.

 

Thanks again guys for helping me out with my problem.

 

Cheers,

Robert



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 03:31 PM

It's normal that the troubleshooter cannot enable back the adapter, since key combinaisons are seen as "hardware" interaction with the device, so it cannot enable/disable a component that was disabled at a "hardware" level :)

And no problem, no shame either Robert :)

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 06:25 PM

Thanks again.

A bit of shame is in order for me, I should have paid more attention to the manual.

 

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 06:29 PM

Most of us learn that one the hard way mate :thumbup2:



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 06:31 PM

It even happened to me once on the job, and my colleague made me notice the switch, since then, I pay a special attention to that when a smiliar issue arise haha :)

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