How to Troubleshoot a ThinkPad X61 Wireless Problem

Written by todd bowerman
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The ThinkPad X61 is a small laptop designed for business customers who need a lot of power in a small package. The laptop has a built-in wireless receiver for connecting to Wi-Fi hot spots or home wireless networks and should automatically detect new networks as your location changes. If you're having trouble with your ThinkPad X61's network connectivity, there are a few troubleshooting steps to try that may resolve the issue.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Check the front side of your ThinkPad and verify that the Wireless Radio switch is set to the "On" position. This switch controls your wireless connection and because of its placement can be accidentally switched when packing and unpacking your laptop.

  2. 2

    Update the drivers for your network card. Drivers are what allow your operating system to interact with your hardware, and out-of-date drivers may cause problems. Visit the "ThinkPad X61 Drivers" link in Resources to find drivers for your ThinkPad.

  3. 3

    Check that the network adaptor is being detected. To do this, right-click "My Computer" and click "Properties." Choose "Hardware," then click "Device Manager." Your network card should be shown under the "Network Adapters" category.

  4. 4

    Double-check the name of the network you are attempting to connect to as well as whether it is password-protected. If you are looking for the wrong network or are attempting to use an incorrect password, you will be unable to use your wireless networking card.

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