How to Turn on a Wireless Card in the Control Panel in a Dell XPS M1710

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The Dell XPS M1710 is a notebook computer with a large 17-inch display for gaming and multimedia applications. Like most modern notebooks, it includes an internal wireless card that enables you to access the Internet without using an Ethernet cable. The XPS M1710 is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista. If you are having difficulty getting the wireless card to work properly, check the Windows Device Manager to confirm that the card is enabled.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button or Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the desktop.

  2. 2

    Click "Run" in Windows XP, or click the Search field at the bottom of the menu in Windows Vista.

  3. 3

    Type "devmgmt.msc" and press "Enter." Windows displays the Device Manager.

  4. 4

    Click the plus sign or triangle next to the Network Adapters category to expand it.

  5. 5

    Right-click "Intel (R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection" and select "Enable."

Tips and warnings

  • Multiple network cards are compatible with the Dell XPS M1710, and your Device Manager may display a different item when you expand the Network Adapters category.
  • If enabling the wireless card in the Device Manager does not cause it to turn on, press the "Fn" and "F2" keys simultaneously to enable the hardware. If you still experience a problem, download and install the device driver for your wireless card from the Dell website.

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