It is not broken but the wirelesss capability got turned off and it won't turn on. It is a Toshiba Satellite L505. It will work with an Ethernet cable but no wireless.
Many times, while connecting to a wireless device it is not shown in Windows as a list of available devices. In fact, the status of Network and sharing center in the Notification Area shows it to be disabled. While troubleshooting, the error which is shown says that Wireless Capability Turned Off. In such cases, it can not be enabled by Non-Administrator accounts. To resolve such issues follow the methods listed below. Windows Network Diagnostics TroubleshooterFirst, run the Windows Network Diagnostics Troubleshooter and see if it can detect and fix the problem.
Right-click the network icon in the notification area, and then clicking Troubleshoot problems.Or you can open Settings Network & Internet Status and click on the Network Troubleshooter link.This will open the Network Troubleshooter or Windows Network Diagnostics tool. If it does not help try any of these methods.Method 1: Most of the laptops have a tiny switch on the side (or front) of the laptop that turns the wireless ON/OFF. Make sure you’ve switched it on.Method 2: Do the following:. Click Start, type network and sharing center in the Start search box and hit Enter. Click Change adapter settings.
Right-click the connection and select Enable.Method 3: By installing the latest driver for the wireless network adapter obtained from the manufacturer a majority of connection problems within Windows 7/8/10 have been solved. Download and install the Windows compatible drivers for support site of the manufacturer of your laptop and check if the issue gets fixed.Method 4: To enable the wireless adapter, go to the admin account by enabling it and there run the network troubleshooter and see if it can fix the problem.To enable Admin account in Windows 10/8/7, open an elevated command prompt window, type the following and hit Enter: netuser admin active:yesNow log off, and you can see a new Admin account at startup. Run the Network troubleshooter here. After getting admin privileges, it can auto fix the issue in most of the case.Method 5: If nothing works for you, you may use the feature.
I almost ready quit my job over this problem (not really but it might get to that), I have been trying to figure this out for months.So I'm the IT guy for a group of physicians offices and we use lots of convertable tablets. I have an epidemic in which some of my users report they lose there WiFi connection. The only way I have been able to restore the connection is to restart the tablet. We have a total of 8 offices (all configured the exact same way), this problem has poped up at 4 of these locations (why only 4 who knows?!), but only two or three tablets at each site have the problem ( other tablets at the same site of the exact same make/model are unaffected!). I am struggling with this problem because I can not figure out why this is happening.
I can not find a common denominator.We use Toshiba Portege M400, M700, M750, M780 tablets & Lenovo x201 tablets. The problem has accured on every model I just listed. Some of these tablets use Windows 7 and other use XP.
Check the power settings. I have seen where if the 'Allow computer to turn off this device to conserve power' setting is checked it will screw up your wifi. Does the connection drop when they are in the middle of something or when they have let the computers sit for a while and then go to use them?
What brand are your access points? Make sure, like mjrowell said that there isn't a firmware upgrade that is available. Finally, check your AV.
It could be that the AV that you are using is shutting it down as a security measure of some sort. Keep us updated. Try right click on the connection and select repair. I have this issue with my home network and it is, in my case, because my neighbor does not understand the concept of coordinating wireless frequency usage. For 802.11 abg we have channels 1-11 but in reality the only usable ones are 1,6,11 because of the width of the signal. If two wireless routers are on the same channel, they will coordinate with each other to use the space without overriding the signal of the other router. But if they are on different channels, they do not coordinate and the channels will compete with each other causing the occasional drop out.
Get inssider and do a site survey. Then try to coordinate with any competing wlans to utilize the band more effectively. Check the power settings. I have seen where if the 'Allow computer to turn off this device to conserve power' setting is checked it will screw up your wifi. Does the connection drop when they are in the middle of something or when they have let the computers sit for a while and then go to use them? What brand are your access points?
What Is Wireless Capability
Make sure, like mjrowell said that there isn't a firmware upgrade that is available. Finally, check your AV. It could be that the AV that you are using is shutting it down as a security measure of some sort. Keep us updated.
As for our APs we use cisco aeronet, I have some 520Gs and 1142s at all my sites. I have upgraded the fireware on them trying to fix this problem already. As for the wifi channels I have them set to auto to use the least conjested channel.
I guess I could set this manually to 1,6,11 but I doubt this is the problem because one of the sites that have this issues is in an area where no other neighboring enties are close enough to cause that type of problem.I will try the power settings option, I have yet to try this and I hope it fixes it. I will let you know what happens.Thanks for the replies so far.:).