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how do i enable the wifi on the ibm thinkpad t30?

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how do i enable the wifi on the ibm thinkpad t30?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Networking
Expert:  Viet - Network Tech replied 5 years ago.

Viet - Network Tech :

Hi,

Viet - Network Tech :

Do you know if this thinkpad T30 have built-in wireless hardware/adapter?

Viet - Network Tech :

Only select models of the Thinkpad T30 have wireless:
http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-42218

Viet - Network Tech :

Can you right-click on MyComputer, then click on Manage, then click on Device manager, then open/expand Network adapters, then let me know the item(s) under it? Also, let me know if there is any problem/yellow item in Device Manager.

Customer:

Well, I don't know and I just asked my 11 yr old son if he remembers & he says he always used an ethernet cable.

Viet - Network Tech :

You can check by doing this: right-click on My Computer, then click on Manage, then click on Device manager, then open/expand Network adapters, then let me know the item(s) under it. Also, let me know if there is any problem/yellow item in Device Manager.

Customer:

Ist item.. High Rate LAN Mini-PCI adapter with Modem II

Customer:

2nd item... Intel (R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection

Customer:

only two items listed below "Network Adaptors"

Viet - Network Tech :

Do you see a wireless switch located on the laptop (could be in the front side or left/right side).

Customer:

No, I have looked and even on the user manual I downloaded I could not find it. That is why I thought maybe it was the Function buttons or combo of.

Viet - Network Tech :

Have you tried: press at the same time the two keys Fn and the wireless icon key (which is located at one of the function keys from F1 to F12) to turn on/off the wireless?

Customer:

Now that you ask that I do not see any WiFi icon on this laptop.

Viet - Network Tech :

it's on on any key from F1, F2, F3, ...., F12?

Customer:

No, it is not there.

Viet - Network Tech :

I'm checking for the manual

Viet - Network Tech :

You said you checked the manual, did it tell you how to turn on/off the wireless?

Customer:

I could never find anything about the WiFi at all.

Viet - Network Tech :

What happens when you click on the wireless icon at the bottom right of the thinkpad t30 laptop's screen?

Customer:

I have the manual on my other laptop so I can still search if you want me to look again.

Viet - Network Tech :

That's okay.

Viet - Network Tech :

What happens when you click on the wireless icon at the bottom right of the thinkpad t30 laptop's screen?

Customer:

The message always is ... no wireless found

Customer:

nothing is found when I refresh either

Viet - Network Tech :

You do see a wireless icon right?

Viet - Network Tech :

oh

Customer:

yes

Viet - Network Tech :

Does the other two laptops see your neighbor's wireless also?

Customer:

yup

Customer:

I just changed from Comcast to CenturyLink. We always used ethernet cables until now.

Viet - Network Tech :

I just checked that this model does not have a wireless switch and there is no Fn/wireless option

Customer:

When I go to Network Connections window it does show both types.

Viet - Network Tech :

Yes, I believe the antenna cable is either loose inside the laptop or is bad

Customer:

OK, then I guess I can buy an adapter card, right?

Viet - Network Tech :

*the wireless antenna cable

Customer:

OH!! That is very possible, remember my son is only 11. Very Internet savvy but is very rough with his belongings.

Viet - Network Tech :

, there is an easy way to get wireless on the thinkpad

Viet - Network Tech :

You can install/connect a USB wireless adapter to the thinkpad laptop, then you will get wireless

Viet - Network Tech :

It's about $20 from your local computer store or online.

Viet - Network Tech :

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Customer:

I know exactly what you describe. I had it on another laptop that was stolen.

Customer:

Yup, that is familiar.

Viet - Network Tech :

oh ok

Viet - Network Tech :

Sorry about the wireless hardware issue

Customer:

That's OK, I just spoke with my son about being more aware of how he treats electronics and in general everything.

Customer:

How much is the service fee?

Viet - Network Tech :

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Viet - Network Tech :

and/or I will forward this to our customer service

Viet - Network Tech :

when we are finished ,then they'll contact you.

Viet - Network Tech :

Do you have any other computer question/issue?

Customer:

I just found the sales receipt for the ThinkPad and it has it listed as 802.11G WiFi

Viet - Network Tech :

Yes, I know it has wireless as it has two adapters (one is wireless and one is wired)

Viet - Network Tech :

, but unfortunately the wireless antenna is bad

Customer:

No, I just would like to tell you I found you thru the www.compukiss.com website. Thanks for the help.

Viet - Network Tech :

Actually, not all Thinkpad T30 models have wireless adapters installed. OK, thanks.

Customer:

Goodnight

Viet - Network Tech :

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Good night! Thank you.

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