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WiFi Connectivity Problems

I recently replaced the hard drive in my machine and am in the process of reinstalling programs, drivers, etc. However, it still fails to recognize that there are any networks in range. I've gone through the Toshiba support page to no avail. I've checked to make sure the wireless adapters are running in computer management>services and that the drivers are updated via the device manager. Before I replaced the hard drive, it worked automatically without any problems. Any suggestions? Thanks! (note: my machine is a Toshiba Satellite P15-S409 laptop; it did not appear in the product listing below).

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  • DrCereal Sep 24, 2007

    Benimur, thanks for your help. You were right, it was due to not having the correct driver, however the problem was that I had re-installed the system with the disc from another computer.


  • DrCereal Sep 24, 2007

    I had tried manually downloading the drivers from Toshiba initially, but for some reason, a couple weren't working. (Including the wifi). Now that I reinstalled from the correct recovery disc, everything is working perfectly. Thanks for your help!

  • jehabardeen Jan 14, 2009


    I have toshiba A300 1EC model and it is brand new. I have internet connection 512Kbps speed in our room. We three are sharing and using wifi connection. For me, it is detecting and connecting also but browsing internet(speed is slow), downloading mails (taking time) and while talking through VOIP calls (call is disconnecting and VOIP window get log off and getting logging ON late), it is giving problem. But, for other two, it is working fine. Based on a technical guy advice, i upgrade Wifi driver INTEL to latest version 12....... through website and before it was 11. ..... but still the problem is same. PLEASE HELP TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE.



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Hi, On several instances of this type problem, I normally suggest to check the particular WiFi Networking card that is used by the Toshiba laptop. This could be done by going to the Device Manager under Networking adapters. Thereafter go to the website of the chipset/wifi manufacturer and check if they have a connection utility. Sometime Windows WiFi Configuration utility fails to detect the existing network. You may have to use the config utility of the manufacturer. A method of verifying if your WiFi is working and if it can detect the network around it is by downloading, installing and running NetStumbler. Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Sep 22, 2007

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    Louie Role Sep 22, 2007

    Hi again,

    was just thinking in some Toshiba models, there is a switch to activate the wifi, either on left side or the front.

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    Louie Role Sep 24, 2007

    Hi DrCereal,

    As long as the OS installed completely, the drivers can and may be un-installed and replaced with correct ones. For your Toshiba Satellite P15-S409 laptop, the Toshiba site specifies an Atheros driver

    As initially posted, Windows WiFi Configuration Utility sometimes does not work outright hence Toshiba posted their own WiFi Configuration Utility

    Most if not all the drivers are availablae at

    The adds are posted this way since this site truncates the address. Just join them up.




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