Physical WiFi Button Not Working, Permanently On "Off"

I have a Sony Vaio VPCCW17FX laptop, on the bottom right is a switch for the wifi, on/off. both have a light, neither are working and the switch doesnt work. The wifi is permanently off. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to turn it back on through the system.

Is there any way to do this?
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  1. If the hardware switch is permanently off the only solution is to fix the switch. This will obviously require a bit of surgery on the laptop. You may not be so adventurous (and there is some risk in this), which leaves two choices:

    1. find a repair shop to fix the switch
    2. use a USB wifi dongle.
  2. There is no software override. The switch is broken.

    Given enough skill, you or a suitable repair shop could fix it.
    Or get a WiFi dongle. They're cheap.
  3. How does one fix it? I am a little strapped for cash as today was record store day and I spent a little much on some lps.
  4. jjesco5 said:
    How does one fix it? I am a little strapped for cash as today was record store day and I spent a little much on some lps.


    First, acquire some electronic skills....:)

    It could be a physical issue...the switch not being able to move far enough to the right to turn it on.
    or
    A wiring issue...some bit of wire is broken.

    Probably the easiest and cheapest way for you is to get a USB wifi dongle. ~$10-15 at Amazon.
  5. USAFRet said:
    jjesco5 said:
    How does one fix it? I am a little strapped for cash as today was record store day and I spent a little much on some lps.


    First, acquire some electronic skills....:)

    It could be a physical issue...the switch not being able to move far enough to the right to turn it on.
    or
    A wiring issue...some bit of wire is broken.

    Probably the easiest and cheapest way for you is to get a USB wifi dongle. ~$10-15 at Amazon.


    I have some electronic skills, enough to build a desktop, but if the easiest/cheapest way is to get a usb dongle, what are some good cheap ones?
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