Vista Wireless Configuration and Troubleshooting
Step 1: Turning on your Wireless Device
The first step of the process is to ensure that your wireless device is turned on. Depending on your computer brand and model, the steps for doing so will vary. Use the method below that works with your computer.
- Many laptop computers have a built-in wireless device that can be enabled through a switch or button located on the exterior of the computer. When the switch is slid to a certain direction or the button is pressed, an indicator on the exterior of the computer should be lit to let you know that the device is on.
- Other laptop computers have a key on the keyboard labeled Fn. This key is located in the bottom left corner of the keyboard near the Windows key. On one of the function keys at the top of the keyboard (F1, F2, F3, F4, etc.) There will be a symbol resembling a tower emitting waves. By holding down the Fn and pressing the appropriate function key, the device will turn on and the following icon will appear in the task tray on the bottom right corner of your screen either displaying two computers as shown in the picture or marked with a red X.
- Desktop computers and some older laptops do not have a built in wireless device. These laptops require a device to be plugged into them. When the device is plugged in, it should turn on automatically. The icon above will appear in the task tray on the bottom right corner of your screen either emitting green waves as shown in the picture or marked with a red X.