Laptop Wont Connect to the Internet
or – this cheap @()&%$&@_ is really starting to @$*$^*@)@
Here are a few quick steps to check before getting too mad or taking it to someone.
There is nothing worse (well maybe famine, cancer or any real problem in life) than logging onto your laptop to give your email or favorite author a quick glance for anything new and…..nothing. The progress bar stalls, sits there, and then that stupid white screen saying your webpage cannot be found.
Give these a go.
- First off – is it your laptop or the signal. Double-click on the wireless network icon on the bottom right of your task bar. This will pull up the list of available networks. Make sure the network you expected to use is indeed available.
- The network appears to be available but no connection. Check your laptop for a wireless adapter switch. This is usually located on the side or front and although it varies by manufacturer it is a a physical switch. Slide it to the left (disable) and back to the right. When the adapter is active and connected to a network there will be a light signaling so. If no light go back to the first bullet point and try that again.
- The network is available and the adapter seems to be on – the next step is the time-tested reboot. Do a full shutdown, let it sit for 14.7 seconds and start it back up.
- Still no luck – if it has been a while since you’ve used the network has there been any changes recently? Could the router be locked down differently than the last time you’ve used it? If nothing has changed Try the first three bullets again (yes again) being very deliberate. Give your machine a chance – don’t be click-happy.
- STILL NO LUCK – I hate to say it but it isn’t looking good and the troubleshooting is going to get more advanced. If no wireless networks are appearing available I would say your wireless adapter is down so you would start there. Go into your wireless setting and disable and re-enable your adapter.
- If you’re using a work machine your company may have installed a third-party software package to secure the machine. Check with your IT support or look for unfamiliar software programs under All Programs.
- STILL NOT CONNECTED – There are so many variables that if you still aren’t connected you’re best off calling a friend that’s good on computers. Always be nice to the geeks.