Network adapter missing or disabled due to power settings


The laptop is running on battery power and the motherboard has disabled the network card to conserve power.


1) Open Control Panel and go to the configuration for your network adapter.

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2) Verify that Always activate on battery is selected.

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NOTE: These instructions were taken from a Dell laptop. Other computers may be slightly different and may have this setting listed elsewhere.


Your network adapter will always be enabled.