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Got a New Laptop and Never Owned One Before


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moondog830

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Okay, this is my first ever laptop and I ASSUMED that I could just go to McDonald's and connect to their "Free Wireless" and surf the net etc...

However, I was unable to connect .... Being new at this, (laptop, wireless) I have no idea what I am doing wrong.

1. Do I need my own Internet Service Provider to allow me to hook to the internet?

2. If not, could someone give me some ideas to try the next time I go to McDonald's or any other place that has "Free Wireless"?

Thanks in advance as I know this is the best place to get help and it usually comes soon!

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First, make sure your wireless is turned on for your laptop. Some, like mine, has an external switch to turn it off/on. Next, you have to run the Wireless Setup Wizard to set up and sniff out wireless connections available. Then it may give you a list of available connections and whether they are secured/unsecured. Pick the one at MacDonald's (unsecured more than likely) and connect to it. It may then ask you whether you want to remember/save this connection.
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HAHAHA .... turn on my wireless? wow who'd have thunk it! Now I understand how it works, never knew there was a switch, but that is exactly what I needed to do. Now I can 'see' wireless networks when I go places. Of course McDonald's wants money to use theirs, but at least now I know what I'm doing ... thanks Major Payne

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