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Toshiba Satellite WiFi problems

by ripple-effect / July 14, 2009 7:20 AM PDT

Toshiba Satellite Wi-Fi doesn't connect to anything

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Model: Toshiba Satellite A215 S4747
Operating System: Windows Vista 32-bit Home


I just purchased this laptop used from someone. It looks brand new. I don't know if he sold it to me knowing that the WiFi card doesn't connect or if he was unaware of the problem, but he said it was "Like New" condition and nothing was wrong with the unit. When I try to connect to a network in a Wifi hotspot no networks show up at all. I checked the card in Device Manager, and it says its working fine. I also made sure the slider was "on" when trying to connect. Thanks for any help

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In a perfect world
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2009 7:43 AM PDT

You can't connect to anything at all since everyone locks down their wifi. HINT! You didn't tell if your wifi was yours and if it was WPA.

Also Vista has issues with some wifi routers as we read http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233

Since it's new, restore the machine with it's disk to disk recovery to get a fresh start and make your recovery DVDs. How? Go to the Toshiba Assist and select the Protect & Fix tab. There you will find the option ?Recovery disk creator?

Bob

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Wifi problems
by ripple-effect / July 14, 2009 8:08 AM PDT
In reply to: In a perfect world

I said I was in a Wifi hotspot meaning everyone within a certain vicinity can connect to in internet(my local library). People in my area were able to connect...I could not.

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wifi problems
by ripple-effect / July 14, 2009 8:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Wifi problems

I do not see any type of connections when I click "Connect to networks." When I turn the Wifi slider "on" the LED light DOES come on.

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Did you fix the Vista issue?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 14, 2009 8:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Wifi problems

And why not restore the OS? It's new so now's the time.

And being in a wifi free zone does not correct the Vista issue or guarantee that someone has hijacked your connections. Remember SMAC?
Bob

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