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IBM Thinkpad R40 wont connect to internet

by jStuckey37 / January 9, 2010 1:02 PM PST

So my friend gave me his computer to format and when i reinstalled XP everything worked fine except it would not connect to the internet, ive spent about a month working on it by myself and my friend is getting annoyed so i need help. Thanks

IBM Thinkpad R40

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Tell a little more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2010 1:09 PM PST

Since XP from MSFT won't have the machine's drivers, list in detail the driver order you use for your install plan.

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by jStuckey37 / January 9, 2010 1:11 PM PST
In reply to: Tell a little more.

thats the problem (think), i cant find any drivers, i meant to mention this in the first post but i forgot - my bad

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So what about google?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2010 9:19 PM PST
In reply to: none

The first link has some drivers but as you have the machine you have the details to narrow down the exact model.

Sorry to write this but is still a good way to find the support site and drivers.
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I have an R40.
by Coryphaeus / January 10, 2010 3:02 AM PST

Are you trying to connect wired or wireless? Two different drivers are needed for this. And if wireless, which wireless card is in use? Like Bob said, XP does not always provide drivers. Go here if you know the specific R40 unit.

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ive tried both
by jStuckey37 / January 10, 2010 6:58 AM PST
In reply to: I have an R40.

ive tried both the wired and wireless, and neither is detecting my network. i have no clue what wireless card is in use.

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Your network . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 10, 2010 9:48 AM PST
In reply to: ive tried both

I'm assuming you're broadcasting the SSID so the laptop can find it?

Did you go to that link and download the drivers for the NIC?

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IBM Thinkpad R$) won't connect to internet
by Brechan / January 10, 2010 8:52 AM PST

I think if you go to the Device Manager; then to Network Adapters, even though you don't have the drivers installed yet, the Device Manager should be able to show you what adapter you're using.

Also you could download this program:

It will display evrything you need to know about the hardware on the laptop

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IBM Thinkpad R40 won't connect to internet
by meswain / September 14, 2010 2:34 PM PDT

I'm trying to get an IBM Thinkpad R40 to connect to the internet. I've reinstalled its ethernet and wireless drivers, but when I plug an ethernet card in the router doesn't recognize anything as being connected on that port, and I can't even find a way of viewing available wireless networks.

Any ideas?

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r40 problems
by jasoodo / February 6, 2011 6:20 AM PST

while booting hit the "access IBM" button during startup. you'll get the option to execute the original factory preload similar to system restore. . it will bring you back to factory specs like new. backup everything you want to save for reinstall later.should take like 45 min.

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