How to Turn on the Wireless on My HP Pavilion Dv5000

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How to Turn on the Wireless on My HP Pavilion Dv5000
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The HP Pavilion dv5000 is a mid-size notebook computer with a 15.4-inch high-definition screen and an AMD processor. The Pavilion dv5000 includes the Windows XP operating system by default, and can be optionally configured with a wireless network adaptor that allows the user to connect to an access point and browse the Internet. If you are having trouble using the Pavilion dv5000 wireless adaptor to get online, check to make sure that the hardware is turned on and that it is enabled through the operating system.

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  1. 1

    Push the oval-shaped button above the Pavilion dv5000 keyboard with an icon that looks like an antenna. The button has an internal LED to show the status of the wireless adaptor. After pushing the button, the LED should turn on. If it does not, continue to the next step.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" button and then click "Control Panel."

  3. 3

    Double-click the "System" icon. If you do not see this icon, click "Performance and Maintenance" and then click "System."

  4. 4

    Click the "Hardware" tab at the top of the "System" window, then click the "Device Manager" button.

  5. 5

    Click the plus sign next to "Network Adapters." You should see an entry here for your wireless adaptor, such as "Intel PRO Wireless Network Connection."

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    Right-click the entry for the wireless adaptor, then click "Enable."

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    Close all open windows. Push the oval-shaped wireless button above the keyboard again. The light should come on and you should now be able to connect to an access point.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are unable to turn the Pavilion dv5000 wireless adaptor on and do not see it listed in the Windows Device Manager—and are sure that the computer has a wireless adaptor—you may not have the driver software for the dv5000 wireless adaptor installed. Download the driver software from the HP support website using the link in the "Resources" section.
  • The instructions in this article contain specific steps for Windows XP, which is the default operating system included with the Pavilion dv5000. If you installed a different version of Windows on your computer, open a "Run" dialogue box by pressing the Windows logo and "R" keys at the same time. Type "devmgmt.msc" without quotation marks into the box and press "Enter" to open the Device Manager. The remaining steps are the same as described in this article.

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