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Thread: Satellite 2430-301: Cannot use 2200BG WLan card because switch is off

  1. Satellite 2430-301: Cannot use 2200BG WLan card because switch is off
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    Hi there,

    I have a Satellite 2430-301 which was not deliverd with any WLAN capabilities. But I discovered, that there is a MiniPCI slot in the laptop.

    So I bought an Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG MiniPCI card. After I attached the card into the laptop, it was detected by windows as a new network device. I downloaded and installed the Windows XP drivers (because I have Windows XP installed on the Laptop) from Intel's homepage (9.0.4.17). The installation worked perfecly.

    Now I tried to connect to a wireless network, but the Intel software said, that the card is 'off'. So I switched the drop down menu to 'on', which resulted in an german error: "Die Intel(R) PRO/Wireless-Netzwerkverbindung ist noch deaktiviert. Aktivieren Sie sie über Ihren Hardware-Schalter." (which means something like "The Intel(R) PRO/Wireless network connection is deactivated. Activate it with your hardware switch.").

    Although the switch already was in position 'on', I switched it several times - nothing important happend. The LED light near the switch doesn't light in either position.

    Are there any incompatibility issues between "Toshiba Satellite 2430-301" and "Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG"?

    Did I do something wrong?

    Is this damn hardware switch broken?

    Any suggestions?

    I would really be happy, if someone could help me :)

    Thanks in advance,
    thuriel

  2. Re: Satellite 2430-301: Cannot use 2200BG WLan card because switch is off
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    Hi

    The hardware switch led should lights if the switch is on.
    Furthermore if you want to use the WLan you have to switch to WLan option with FN+F8.
    Additionally you should check the WLan card properties in the device manager. There you should enter the advanced tab. In the field “property” choose the option “radio on/off” and select the value to on.

  3. Re: Satellite 2430-301: Cannot use 2200BG WLan card because switch is off
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    I now pressed Fn+F8 several times. The laptop did not react.

    In the property box in the advanced tab in the 2200BG properties there is only:

    Ad Hoc Channel
    Mixed mode protection
    Power Management
    Preamble Mode
    Roaming Aggressiveness
    Throughput Enhancement
    Transmit Power
    Wireless Mode

    ...so there is no "radion on/off".

    The LED light remains off, no matter what I do.

  4. Re: Satellite 2430-301: Cannot use 2200BG WLan card because switch is off
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    So, no ideas anymore? :(

  5. Re: Satellite 2430-301: Cannot use 2200BG WLan card because switch is off
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    Hi thuriel,

    sorry that I cannot help you with this. The only thing I think I can say for sure is, that your hardware switch seems to be ok, because I have the same problem here with Windows and Linux and I also own a 2430-301.

    Bye
    Sven

  6. Re: Satellite 2430-301: Cannot use 2200BG WLan card because switch is off
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    > So I bought an Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG MiniPCI
    > card.

    Maybe you bought a non Toshiba mini-pci card. If so, you can try isolating pin 11 and pin 13. Your card may work. (But, as I have understood, your hardware switch may not work.) I think the best is to buy a Toshiba mini-pci card listed as compatible to your laptop.

  7. Re: Satellite 2430-301: Cannot use 2200BG WLan card because switch is off
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    I have an A15-S1692and had the same trouble . The fix is to put a small piece of tape over pin 13 of the Intel card. Your switch will not work but it will turn on the wifi card.

  8. Re: Satellite 2430-301: Cannot use 2200BG WLan card because switch is off
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    Hi all,

    thank you very much for your replies. Unfortunately I gave up last saturday. I brought back the card and purchased a PCMCIA card. I wonder wether the taping of pin 13 would have helped, well ...I think i'll never know... :/

    Sorry about those reward points I gave to you. I just clicked around a bit without knowing what I did :D

    So, thanks again :)
    thuriel

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