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unable to turn on wireless radio

Hi - i have an IBM thinkpad T42 running Win XP. A few days ago i was having problems with my wi-fi connection, and when i tried to reset the radio using Fn+F5, i got a dialog "unable to change power state of 802.11b wireless radio, update the driver for the wireless adapter". The wireless connection hasn't worked since.

I've never seen this message in the 4 years of using this laptop, is this a common problem? I tried going into the control panel and disabling the wireless radio but that didn't work.

I'd appreciate some guidance on this can be fixed. Thanks!

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My mom has an IBM t42.

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Thanks for the input - is there a way to force turn-off the onboard wifi? when i try to do it thro the control panel it just hangs forever....

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We opened one of the access panels on the bottom and unplugged the wifi card. Why? Similar reason to yours. The internal card didn't work.

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