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    Wireless Failure (Vista Home P SP1)

    A friend's daughter got a new IBM (Inovo) Think Pad laptop, but it fails to turn on the wireless feature and connect upon boot up. She has to go through a somewhat complicated procedure each time to get it to turn the wireless feature on and then connect. Any suggestions on how to get it to stay on?

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    Re: Wireless Failure (Vista Home P SP1)

    What are the procedures involved?
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    Re: Wireless Failure (Vista Home P SP1)

    Unfortunately I can't remember the exact procedure and I'm still a bit green with Windows Vista. I believe I right-clicked on the system tray icon and it brought up a dialog box. Somewhere in the box there is drop down box that says the wirless feature is off. You click the down-arrow and a "wirless on" selectioncomes up. Once turned on you can then go to the wirelss window and find the wireless conection, tell it to connect and it works. However, upon reboot thei wireless feature is off, and you hae to repeat the procedure. So at least part of the solution is to get the wirelss feature to automatically turn on upon booting. I've noted that several laptops have an external button that turns the wireless feature on and off, but I couldn't find on on the Think Pad unit.

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    Re: Wireless Failure (Vista Home P SP1)

    Have you checked the BIOS? What is the specific ThinkPad model? Have you checked the Lenovo Support & downloads - Troubleshooting site?

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    Re: Wireless Failure (Vista Home P SP1)

    If the network icon is shown in the system tray, all she should have to do is right click it and select connect to network, then a listing of "Found" wireless connections will be shown. Then she needs to select the required one.

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    Re: Wireless Failure (Vista Home P SP1)

    After checking with Lenovo I see that they have some software called "Access Connections" which permits you to set up various so-called profiles for different connection points (home, office,etc.). This is all new to me, but I think this may be part of the problem. Next opportunity I get I'll try running this program and see if the profile(s) are set up. Everything else looks normal. I have seen several postings on the Internet where people have had similar, if not identical, problems with wireless connections on Think Pads.

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    Re: Wireless Failure (Vista Home P SP1)

    One should NOT really have any wireless connection to be connected automatically, as it can lead to a security issues.

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    Re: Wireless Failure (Vista Home P SP1)

    As it turns out Lenovo installs some software called Vantage Access Connections on laptops where the user can set up "profiles" -- one for each place you would be using the computer such as Office, Home, etc. The lady using the computer was unaware of this feature and had not set up a profile for her internet connection. Once I got it set everything worked normally, i.e. the wireless feature turned on and it found the local wireless access point. Also, we finally located the wireless on/off switch on the front of the laptop -- it was so small that it was very hard to see.

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    Re: Wireless Failure (Vista Home P SP1)

    That is good news. Thanks for posting back.

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