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Old 10-18-2006, 11:26 PM
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I need to press Fn and F5 in order to turn on the wireless radio so that my lap top is wireless with my router at home and that's fine to do but every 5 minutes or so it goes back to off automatically. I have the switch on the outside of the laptop open to wireless on. Is there a way to have the wirelss radio stay on so that I can turn it off manually without it turning off all the time?
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Old 10-19-2006, 12:17 AM
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It's certainly not supposed to do that. When it happens, and you type FN+F5, does it say the radio is off again, or does it say it's on and turning it on and off again make it start working?

Have you tried it on campus? If it doesn't happen on the Drew network, then it's a problem with your access point (a signal problem perhaps, or a configuration issue.) I've seen all sorts of issues with APs based on whether the network name (SSID) is broadcast, if encryption's on, etc. Sometimes the behavior varies from vendor to vendor. Also if the signal's borderline you might see similar behavior. The periodic nature is interesting, though it could actually indicate a periodic interference that's causing the connection to be broken. The fun thing about wireless is that unless you have an RF analyzer it's really hard to track stuff like that down.

It could be a software problem. Use the Lenovo Software Updater and get the latest versions of the Lenovo drivers, that may help.

Of course feel free to bring it by the Helpdesk to see if we can help you.
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:47 AM
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Thanks for your help, I haven't tried on campus so if it doesn't work there I'll definitly bring it to the help desk. I press Fn+F5 and I manually turn it on but then 5 minutes later it turns itself off without me pressing anything so I have to press Fn F5 again and turn it on but I lose anything I was doing online because of the temparary interuption. Thanks again for your help.
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