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Wifi switch not working, how to fix or anyway I can get it to work

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Suggest replace it

The tools you need are really expensive;
1) No.1 Philips screwdriver, or equivalent Jewelers screwdriver
2) ESD wrist strap. (Electro Static Discharge)
Average cost is $3 to $6.
One example,

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103245

[The alligator clip has to be attached to a good ground source.
You can set a large serving tray (Unpainted), on the table you\'re working on; and connect to it.
Or perhaps a large metal knickknack. (Unpainted)
You get the picture ]

3) Two computer Spudger Tools. One example,

http://www.amazon.com/Techni-Tool-Spudger-Alignment-Tool-Black/dp/B000PDNPYK

4) Patience. Cost? Priceless

(Kidding about the expensive, thing)

Problem is, I just took time to look all over the internet, and do not see a replacement part.
Nothing listed under Toshiba Satellite M55 wireless switch, or Satellite M55 wireless switch; anyway.

It could be however, that other Model Series of Toshiba Satellites, also use the same wireless switch setup.
M40 or M45, just for an example.

[Toshiba = Manufacturer name
Satellite = Model Series
M55 would equal one of the Model Series Number\'s
The letter, and the last 3 or 4 numbers; is the Model Number.

Example; Toshiba Satellite M55-S1001
Toshiba Satellite M55-S135
Toshiba Satellite M55-S3512]

When you remove the Wireless Switch, then look at the manufacturer number/letters on it.
Type those into search, and see if you can find a Wireless Switch that way.

How to disassemble far enough to access Wireless Switch:

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/Toshiba_Satellite_M55/laptop_motherboard_1.htm

ALL power removed. AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.
ESD wrist strap on, and alligator clip attached to a good ground source.

The above is to completely disassemble the laptop, and remove the motherboard. You are not EVEN going to go that far.
Only pictorial disassembly guide I had access to give you, that will encompass the procedures needed.

Page 1? Pretty simple straight forward stuff. Feel better? See how easy this is? Just LOOKS tough at first. Hey, it\'s something new!
Now Page 2.
(Page access is by clicking the page numbers in White, at Top of page; and bottom. -> Page1::Page2::Page3::Find another model.
You can click on any photo to enlarge)

A NOTE about the Keyboard Cable, and it\'s respective connector on the motherboard. Also this information may transfer to other cable connectors on the motherboard........

The Keyboard Cable is an FFC. Flat Flex Cable.
It has NO connector on the end. The following is a general example of an FFC,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flat-Flex-Cable.jpg

The flat bar terminal strips on the end, match up with contact pins in the motherboard connector.
Therefore the Keyboard Cable MUST go back in the same position as it was originally; when reinstalling.

The motherboard connector is a type of ZIF connector.
Zero Insertion Force
It is rectangular in shape, and composed of two pieces; but DOES NOT come completely apart!

The Bottom part is the larger of the two. It stays Stationary to the motherboard.
This is called the BODY.
The Upper part is smaller, and Movable. It is the Locking Bar.

-> IF, the Locking Bar is broken, or the hinge pins on the Body; you are looking at MOTHERBOARD REPLACEMENT, and why I am being so detailed with this.

\'Armed\' with the following information you will do just fine, no worries.......

I cannot see clearly of what type of Keyboard Cable, motherboard connector is being used.
Nope. No Satellite M55 has come through the shop.
So I will detail out the two most common, Keyboard Cable motherboard connectors, being used;

Slide style:
Closed (Locked)

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/Toshiba-Satellite-L675D-L670D/big-body/dismantle-laptop-10.jpg

Here you can just make out two \'Tabs\', of the Locking Bar; on either side of the Keyboard Cable.
These are EASED up with the thumbnails.
IMHO if a small metal tool is used, there is a chance of slippage.
May break the motherboard connector, or stab the motherboard.

Open (Unlocked)

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/Toshiba-Satellite-L675D-L670D/big-body/dismantle-laptop-11.jpg

Only moves about 2mm. That is a little more than 1/16th of an Inch, or about the width of this capital letter -> O <-

Flip-Up style:
Closed (Locked)

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/Toshiba-Satellite-L645D-L640D/big/laptop-disassembly-13.jpg

Open (Unlocked)

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/Toshiba-Satellite-L645D-L640D/big/laptop-disassembly-14.jpg

You have to disassemble to Step 19, on Page 3.
Then you should be able to access the Wireless switch.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

Posted on Apr 30, 2013

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You need to update your hardware drivers in device manager.

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