The Dell Inspiron 1501 includes an internal Wi-Fi or wireless network adaptor, mini-card, enabling the notebook to connect to the Internet without wiring directly to a cable modem. If the notebook fails to detect wireless networks, however, the computer's Wi-Fi configuration may be preventing the notebook from connecting to a wireless hot spot. Troubleshoot the network settings, the Wi-Fi function and the device software to determine the source of the problem.
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Press "Fn" and "F2" to toggle Wi-Fi on and off. Confirm that the Wi-Fi function is enabled on the Dell Inspiron 1501.
Click "Start." Click "Control Panel." Select "Switch to Classic View" from the left pane.
Double-click "Network Connections." Right-click "Wireless Network Connection." Select "Enable" if the icon is greyed out; otherwise, click "View Available Wireless Networks."
Click "Start" if no wireless hot spots appear. Click "Run." Input "devmgmt.msc" into the dialogue box.
Press "Enter" to launch Device Manager. Click the "+" next to "Network Adapters."
Double-click the Wi-Fi adaptor. Check the "Device Status" field for an error code. If an error message is present, go to Microsoft Support and look up the error code for more information on how to resolve the issue.
Click the "Driver" tab, and then click "Uninstall," if no error message is present. Restart Windows XP to reinstall the wireless adaptor to the Dell Inspiron 1501.
Tips and warnings
- Contact Dell for further assistance if the notebook fails to detect wireless networks after troubleshooting.
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