05-21-2010 08:57 PM
Hi guys, long time Toshiba lover. Solid products.
[I would like to begin by stating that yes, I've read the manual, and yes, I've spent hours, days, weeks scouring the database in the clouds for an answer with still no luck. So I'm turning to the boards. Hopefully you mates can help?]
I purchased the aforementioned laptop almost a year ago with Vista as the original operating system. Everything worked fine! Along trotts Windows 7. I, the loon I am, ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor prior to making any decisions, and everything checked out, save for maybe a sound card as I remember.
I'd like to make a note here that I did a clean install. Wiped everything. Completely. (Well, to the best of formatting a drive twice, completely.)
Enter Windows 7: a glossy, vibrant shade of blue begging to be enjoyed. Sure! Let me just connect to the internet and do some upda-... ah... Excuse me?
My wireless utility informs me that there are no connections available. (Which I know to be false, and can prove since both the laptop I'm typing on at this instant and my cell phone connect to the wireless access point.)
Okay, no biggie. Right? Throw in an ethernet cable and away we go. I run Windows Updates quite a few times, and I believe that I recall a wireless driver being included in one of the updates. Awesome. Download, install, reboot, no joy. Still no wireless.
So away I go to determine the exact wireless card we're dealing with. Realtek 8187se, it claims. Away we go to Realtek's site, where I locate and download the driver. I'm a stickler, so I open my computer management console, uninstall the existing wireless driver, and continue with the installation of the driver direct from Realtek. I reboot, and still no joy.
Next up, the troubleshoot link, (beauty of a thing...) and it proceeds to inform me that the switch for the wireless may be turned off. Ah! Knew it had to be something simple. Alas. The Satellite L505D-S5965 does not come with a physical WLAN management switch... (it leaves on/off management to using FN+F8, which I proceeded to try, checking for the LED indication, as well as checking the wireless utility itself, with no joy.) Fine, there's more than one way. So I reboot and light into my BIOS setup, where I determine that I do, in fact, have a setting for the built-in wireless card. I move the setting to "On", and proceed with the boot. Glossy 7 appears, and still no joy.
I've come to my rope's end. I leave myself at your mercy, and am more than willing to try anything you like to resolve the issue.
For technical specifications, please refer to Toshiba's Model Content Page. (My computer is, save for Windows 7, stock.
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07-21-2010 07:23 PM
So, even though my laptop is a different model, I still have the same problem; Device Manager cannot see my Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless LAN adapter; switch is set to on in the HW setup utility, however,F8 doesn't show up at all when pressing FN. I noticed several "solutions" to similar problems on the Forum, but none of them work for mine. This occured right after the update that installed on 7/16 @ 8 pm.
None of "the usual" solutions had any effect; I've tried everyone's suggestion. I have a similar post on Microsoft answerers. I'm getting nowhere!
Toshiba level-2 support suggested reimaging the drive. However, can I hold then accountable if that doesn't work and I need to reinstall all my software for naught?
Does anyone have any "NEW" solutions for this issue?
08-20-2010 03:26 PM
Maybe you can help me out with this problem that I am having?
08-20-2010 03:01 PM
I just bought a new Toshiba Satellite L455D-S5976 windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit laptop on 8/10/2010
I have been on the same linksys wi-fi connection since Jan. 2010. I am located in a campground. I am in the same spot, using my new computer in the exact same spot as I was using with my Gateway. When I had my Gateway, my connection was always fast. Since I have been using this new computer, I'm lucky if I can stay connected 30 minutes in 24 hours.
What Did I Do Wrong???
It says that I am connected, with four green bars out of five. signal strength is 48
but, it will not go anywhere, just sits here telling me it's connecting.
How can I tell if something is interfering with my wi-fi signal, what could be blocking it. It shows in my radar on my desktop.
Realtek RTL8187SE wirrless LAN PCIE network adapter
IPv6 connectivity....no internet access
Radio Type 802.11n
Netbios over Tcpip....enabled....yes
Network type....Access Point
Network Availability...all users
connect automatically when this network is in range....checked
I have it set on public, not home or work
PS Why does it say default Gateway?
Maybe I have configured this all wrong, PLEASE HELP
01-02-2011 07:00 PM
I have a similar problem on my L505D-S5996 (running Windows 7) with the same Realtek wireless device. The wireless signal drops about every 30 minutes. Has anyone figured out how to fix this permanently?
01-02-2011 07:17 PM
Sorry I haven't replied as quickly as I'm sure you would've preferred. It's been quite a busy little year for me. Have you been able to get your situation resolved?
You can't really tell what's interfering with your signal but there are known devices that can cause problems. Radios, for example, and walls and power cabling, etc... can all lead to interference.
Your other computer has connected, though, so I doubt that's an issue.
I ran into an issue not so long ago where I was using my father's Wireless Access Point. My computer was the only Windows 7 machine to connect to it since it had been set up. When my Windows 7 machine connected, I was prompted to set up the Access Point prior to using it. Are there any windows that pop up when you try to connect to your Access Point?
"Default Gateway" is the computer's way of knowing where to go first. The default gateway is often the address of the first router (from your side) in the network. In this case, it's most likely the Wireless Access Point.
01-02-2011 07:19 PM
When you say your signal drops, what do you mean?
Does the wireless on your laptop shut off?
Do you simply lose connection? (Your wireless is on and the signal is there, but you disconnect.)
07-13-2011 03:49 PM
First time on this site, hope it helps me. I have the same problem with my Satellite L505D-S5965. My system shows that my wireless driver is ok, the signal is there, but it doesn't connect at all. I get the big red X over my wireless icon in the lower right corner. I know it's not the router, or the line, because the computer I'm on is obviously working, as well as the other wireless devices I have. My knowledge of computers (hardwear and softwear) is limited, so I hope you can help me.
07-14-2011 12:51 AM
Are you still running Vista 32bit, and if so do you have Vista SP2 installed? If you're not sure click on 'Start', type in sys and click on 'System Information', in the 'System Summary', look at the 1st & 2nd lines on the right hand side for 'OS Name' and 'Version'.
Also, click on 'Start', type in dev , click on 'Device Manager', click on the arrow beside 'Network adapters', double click on your WiFi adapter, tell us what specific WiFi adapter you have, and what it says under 'Device status' on the 'General' tab.
BTW, you're not from Banff AB by any chance are you Skid?
09-08-2011 11:16 AM
09-08-2011 11:34 AM
Mike, I have the Satellite L505D-LS5007. My parents bought it for me for my college graduation last May. Windows 7 version 6.1.7600 Build 7600 was on the computer when I received it. My computer was working great and my wireless was working fine until about 3 months after I got it. At first I thought it was the wireless router, but after using it with other computers I realized it was fine. I'm able to hook up my computer to my modem using an ethernet cord and my internet works great. But I just moved and it would be more convenient for me to have wireless. Plus I have not hooked up my internet yet so I cannot get online yet. I have a wireless light that tells me if my wireless is on but it doesn't light up anymore. I called a Toshiba and they told me I had to wipe my computer. I didn't want to lose everything so I took it to someone else. Those people told me I would have to get a new wireless chip. I would like to download that Toshiba Windows 7 update that someone gave you in the first post, but since my computer cannot go on the internet, I can't get to it. Any ideas? Oh, and I checked my Realtek device status and it says it is working properly. But when I push FN + F8 it says the wireless is off. Thank you for any help anyone can give me!! Heather
12-31-2011 02:50 PM
01-01-2012 10:35 AM
This sounds like an issue with the motherboard or at least the keyboard connector on the motherboard. If you're still under warranty you may be fine. If not then I would go back to the place that told you to replace the keyboard, explain what you've tried, and see where they go from there.
01-11-2012 04:03 PM
Hi All - unfortunately I am having the same wireless issue where the signal just drops on my L775D-S7305 laptop. I know the router and modem are fine as all other devices in the house are working fine. The problem is with the network adapter (realtek). I wish toshiba could get this figured out as it is annoying.
01-14-2012 10:34 AM
I think you may be better off in a new thread. The original topic concerned being able to turn the wireless adapter on. Your adapter appears on but won't stay connected.
I wish I could help with what you're experiencing but I'm not that familiar with the issue.
12-14-2012 06:38 PM
10-30-2014 07:13 AM
I believe I must have the same problem you had but I don't understand how you fixed it. Both my husband and I use laptops. His will stay connected via Wi-Fi, but my laptop will say that there are none available. Each time this happens, I can fix it by resetting the router. Then it will connect fine and then all the sudden it will disconnect and either say there is nothing availavle and have a red x on the bottom right OR it just keeps saying it is trying to connect, but it can't.
Can you assist my in fixing this? My laptop is L505 Satellite, running Windows 7.
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