I've got a pc and have a router so i can have my pc and laptop online at the same time. I decided to take my laptop out to do some work whilst ds was at soft play and I think that's where the problem started. I think it tried to find a network whilst we were there, and last time this happened it took a bit of manual finagling to sort it out when I got home again. HOWEVER, this time nothing works and I've had a couple of warnings saying the network cable is unplugged. Any ideas?
Try right clicking on the icon that's telling you the network cable is unplugged, this should open up the Connections window and you can then double click on the wireless connection, which will give you the option to search for a network.
Most computers will say this - it shouldn't make any difference to your use of the computer - it's just telling you that you don't have a cable plugged in to the wired connection - if you're working wirelessly you won't have.
If you can't connect wirelessly, I think the network cable is a red herring. First check your wireless switch isn't turned off - I know this sounds obvious but it can be quite easy to do if there's a physical switch.
When you follow tribpot's suggestion, can you see your normal network connection listed?
I agree with Rusty. The most likely thing is that the wireless adapter is not switched on. Dig your manual out if need be, to see how to turn it on. Look around the laptop, switches can be physical slide switches, push switches, or keypad hotkeys/combination function keys.
You are all right, the cable thing was a red herring. I found the wireless on/off switch but it made no difference, and I checked the pipes by plugging the ethernet in. Everything was fine on both sides. I kept trying switching off thing which didn't work... then I turned the laptop on yesterday and HURRAH! it connected!
Thank you guys so much for your help, and I also thank the fairies who have worked so hard to fix the problem whilst we slept lol