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The T42 has a bulit-in wireless network adapter and a LAN network card. T42s most likely have an Intel wireless card or less likely a Cisco wireless card.
Your wireless network adapter may have been disabled in the BIOS
and/or
The drivers for the wireless network controller has not been installed.

To check the network adapter go to the Control Panel, Click on System, click on Hardware Tab then Device Manager. Then scroll down and click on Network adapters. If you don't see your network controller or you see a yellow ? against Other devices for the Network controller. Then either it has been disabled and/or the driver was not installed.

To get the driver for the network controller you need to dowload it from the IBM/Lenovo WEB site their support/download page from a computer that has Internet access. Make sure you select your laptop model and the driver for your Windows version.
Install the driver and you then need to configure the wireless adapter to suit your wireless router settings before you can access the Internet.

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on May 21, 2018


It's only in Excel you can't scroll? Can you scroll from side to side? If you have Excel 2003, try to press the "window" tab on the top and if the freeze pane is checked, uncheck it. Or if it says unfreeze pane, press that one. Hope this helps :)

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on May 02, 2018


the problem IS self fixable. I just did it now to my "]" button on a gateway laptop containing 2 plastic peices underneath it. There are concepts that make a laptop keyboard work. Primarilly, a slightly bendable pair of plastic peices that are made to latch together at the middle to form an X shape, the bottom of the X containing two comparatively large slits where it seats at the base of the keyboard (tuck them in first so they both snap), and at the top of the X is 4 notches where they meet at the button's back surface to snap into. the X shape is arranged first so that you can manually lift and drop the X so it smoothly lifts and drops. After securing the primary mechanical system, you snap one side of the button to the X shape only. Then you use a very thin long peice of metal like the end of a sissor or small screwdriver to lift the middle of the bottom side of the button so the entire button is lifted to about the height it is supposed to be, then keep it there so the button doesnt move any lower when you try to snap the other side of the button firmly down. This is the hardest part of the repair since you cant really see what your doing, but as long as the button is lifted to its normal height, it should snap in and look as good as new.

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on Jun 08, 2015


The only reason your cursor would "freeze" is your CPU is running at 100%. Press "control-alt-delete" keys at the same time and find the process that overloading the CPU and close it.
If you cursor never moves, your glidepad is broken. Do you have a "stick" to move your cursor? Many Thinkpads do. Usually have a red cap on it and is located near the b g h keys. If the stick doesn't work either, it's the overloaded CPU problem.

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on Dec 23, 2014


  1. Open AutoPlay by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33_47.png, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then clicking AutoPlay.
  2. Select the action that you want Windows to perform for each media type, and then click Save.

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on Nov 18, 2014


Unfortunately XP is no longer supported. You need to download the language pack you require and go to Control panel, select Region and Language then change your language to English.

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on Nov 11, 2014


do this

Start-Control Panel-System-Device Manager

fine Audio Device right click hit uninstall

Then hit File-Scan for new hardware

that should work. if not uninstall it again and look for the latest AC97 audio driver make sure you uninstall if the first part doesnt work

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on Jul 23, 2014


I also started facing the same problem all of a sudden, but just disabling and enabling the Nvidia display adapter under device manager solved the issue. Not sure if it will help u, but should give it a try,

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on May 09, 2014


Have you tried pushing the blue button at the top left of the keyboard, that will usually get you into the ibm menu. Alternatively you can try pushing f12 which will get you into the start options menu

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on May 07, 2014


your harddrive is faulty or missing

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on May 05, 2014


change keypad

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on Mar 26, 2014


It you use IE then it will update itself. Fire Fox will let you from the settings menu.

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on Mar 18, 2014


If the fan is running but your notebook still overheats, your computer will turn itself off, and you need to wait until it cools down

The question is, why is it overheating? Try using a vacuum cleaner close to the ventilation slots to suck out any dust.

If this does not solve the problem, please get back to me

IBM ThinkPad T42... | Answered on Jan 24, 2014

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