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A35 internal modem does not work

The internal modem switch does not light or recognize a signal. Is there a simple solution other than buying an external card ?

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  • oldzinner Dec 29, 2007

    Could not find an appropiate key combination either in the manuel nor on the internet. Tried downloading the driver from Toshiba too but no luck. Thank you for your suggestions

  • oldzinner Dec 31, 2007

    Just installed a new PCMCIA card and evidently the on/off switch is not working so I cannot view available networks.

    Can anyone tell me if that is fixable without sending it back to Toshiba ?

    Thanks

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This is a bad contact between the MB and Modem pins. U should open the wireless cover, find the modem and put a piece of paper between the modem card and the bezel to press the modem conection forward the MB. Beware to not damage the MB, wireless card and others devices.
This problem is usual in A35. BLOODToshiba....

Posted on Mar 01, 2008

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There may also be a key combination on your keyboard to enable/disable it. check for that first.

If that doesn't do it then i would reinstall the wireless driver from http://pcsupport.toshiba.com for your model and see if that helps.

Most wireless issues are software not hardware but if none of that does it the easiest thing is to buy a PC card.

Good luck!

Posted on Dec 28, 2007

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