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I have an old Dell XPS M140. I just formatted the thing and installed Windows XP. After installing, there is no network connections at the bottom right of the taskbar for me to select a wireless network. When trying to setup a new connection, there is no option for me to connect to a wireless network. It was working before I formatted the laptop.
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post #2 of 23
Press FN+F2 or What ever your wireless key is, it should have a wireless signal picture on the key.

Edit: Just checked your keyboard its F2

This turns your wireless card on and off, because it sounds like your wireless card is off.
Edited by Bobicon - 2/12/11 at 11:02pm
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May seem like a stupid question...but did you install the driver?

And what OS did it have on it before?
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post #4 of 23
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The driver is not installed but im having a really hard time finding the driver. I installed Windows XP without the Dell CD.

I used XP before as well
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post #6 of 23
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^ I downloaded and installed the second file. Still nothing. I dont even know if that is the right file.

And F2 doesnt do anything other than make a beep sound
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post #7 of 23
The second one isn't for US download.

http://support.dell.com/support/down...&fileid=202138

and

http://support.dell.com/support/down...&fileid=187881

Also post a pic of your keyboard so I can tell you the key for sure.

Edit: And I double checked it is the F2 button, just make sure you press the FN+F2 it toggles your wireless card on and off.
Edited by Bobicon - 2/12/11 at 11:23pm
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post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
The second link that you posted was the one that I initially installed. I tried the first link and it still doesnt work. Im going take a pic of my keyboard now.

Here you go

http://img17.imageshack.us/i/img0134fh.jpg

Sorry, image tags dont work for imageshack hosted images for some reason...
Edited by ThumperSD - 2/12/11 at 11:28pm
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post #9 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThumperSD View Post
^ I downloaded and installed the second file. Still nothing. I dont even know if that is the right file.

And F2 doesnt do anything other than make a beep sound
Usually what it does when you run those .exe files, is just unzip it to a location. Then you have to go into device manager, right click the network driver->update driver->navigate to the folder. (Usually C:\\[driver name here]\\.inf file)

That's how Gateway/Some dells do their older drivers at least...could be completely wrong for this particular one.
Edited by AIpha - 2/12/11 at 11:25pm
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post #10 of 23
Your wireless toggle switch is on the F2 key like I said try toggling it on with FN+F2 if that doesn't work try manually connecting to your wireless connection.
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