How to Configure Wi-Fi on the IBM ThinkPad in Windows XP

The IBM ThinkPad enables you to turn Wi-Fi on and off to control power consumption. If Wi-Fi is disabled, however, Windows XP will act as if the PC has no wireless card installed and will fail to detect wireless networks in the area. Once Wi-Fi is turned on, the operating system can be instructed to automatically configure wireless settings, allowing you to sign in online in seconds without needing to set up your network card manually.

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    Check the wireless indicator light on the bottom of the LCD screen to find out if Wi-Fi is active on the IBM ThinkPad. If the status light does not blink or glow solid green, press "Fn-F5" to enable the wireless adapter.

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    Click "Start," then "Network and Internet Connections." Click "Network Connections."

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    Right-click "Wireless Network Connection" and then select "Properties" from the context menu.

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    Click the Wireless Networks tab. Check "Use Windows to Configure My Wireless Network Settings." Click "OK."