Updated: March 22, 2023
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by Peter Davis
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My Dell laptop suddenly decided there was no wireless internet available

Even though several other computers are currently connected to our 5G service

Hello, thank you for contacting Howly! I am here to help you today!
May I know your first name, please?

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Nice to meet you, *****!

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are you familiar with this issue?


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Please tell me, have you tried to connect your laptop to the mobile hotspot?

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no I haven't had a chance to do that-my phone doesn't have that service-

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Okay, got you.
Please allow me a moment to provide you with further instructions, I would really appreciate it if you would wait for me in the chat. Thank you!

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Working on your problem!
Please try to hit Fn+F2 keys.

nothing happened-I assumed I was not supposed to hit the + sign correct?

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Okay, give me a few more minutes, please.

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Please try to follow these steps:

  1. Type Control Panel in the search box on your desktop, and click Control Panel in the result.
  2. Choose View by Small icons or View by Large icons, then click Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click Change adapter settings on the left.

Tell me if you'll see your Wi-Fi network disabled.

I can't get to the control panel because I can't even log onto the computer without it connected to the internet
But I can see the internet choices-and it is there and says it is connected, but that there is not internet

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Could you clarify? Your laptop is supposed to work without the Internet.

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weird huh?
this is my work computer-so they evidently have it set up that way-but IT doesn't know how to fix it

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Thank you for the screenshot!
Just a moment, please.
Can you try to connect it to a different Wi-Fi network?

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I will have to leave the house to do that-all of the networks around here are secure so I need to go ask a neighbor -which I can do later-if it happens to work there, is it likely to work when I get back home, or do I need to do something specific if I do get it to connect?

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I think the issue is not with the computer.
Are you able to connect any other device to this Wi-Fi network?

then why are this computer and my phone connected to the wireless with no issues
that computer was connected earlier in the day when it suddenly lost the connection
shortly after the warranty expired. Dell says they will send me the fix for $99

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Do you have an internet connection on your phone at the moment?

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Could you please restart the computer?

I have done so several times-this started on the 29th-but will again

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Thank you.

ok it is back up

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Try to reconnect to the Wi-Fi network.

suddenly it is working!! so in case this happens again, which of the things I just tried do you think made the difference?
honestly-I have tried restarting this thing at least twice a day since the 29th!

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If this happens again, perform the same things you tried and contact us.

will do thanks for your help!

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Is there anything else I can do for you today?

just promise this will never happen again?!-just kidding

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I would promise if I could.

have a great weekend!

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You too!
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