E6500 Wireless Networking not working

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  1. dcmove

    dcmove Notebook Geek

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    I just got my Dell Outlet Latitude E6500, and I can't seem to get the wireless network running sometimes. When I had the computer on battery, it somehow connected to my router, but when I later plugged it in, it wouldn't connect. No idea what's going on, but I did get a message that said the Dell Wireless card was not connected ("hardware disconnected"). Can anyone help me get this working? I am not a technical person at all, so I have no idea what to do.

    Is this an issue b/c I bought it refurbished, or would I have faced this with a brand new computer too?

    Separately, I didn't realize how large this computer is. Makes me think that perhaps I should return it and get a 14". Not sure yet what to do.

    Please help with the wireless.

    Thanks!
     
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    It's probably a driver issue and I would start by reinstalling the wireless card driver first. Also check to see if you have the latest BIOS version.
     
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    first thing to check is have you accidentally slid the wireless disable switch on the righthand side?
     
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    wireless switch is on.

    I don't know what how to install the "latest driver" or "latest BIOS." I actually don't even know what a BIOS is. Can you help me with how to do those two things? The wireless did work for a bit (a few hours), but now when I open "network connections," it says it does not find any. Please advise.

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    Unlikely to be BIOS, so you can leave that alone for now, do you have "Dell WLAN 1397/1510" or "Intel WiFi 5100/5300"?
     
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    I have the Dell WLAN 1397. I spent an hour with Dell Tech Support now, and it's working. It wasn't a driver issue either. He said it had something to do with the wrong application running the wireless card, so therefore it wasn't finding the wireless signal. I have no idea what that means. I think it's working now, but it still seems to have a bit of trouble automatically connecting at start-up until I "repair" the connection, at which point it automatically catches it.
     
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