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a b D Laptop
March 21, 2005 12:15:16 PM

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I did a lot of research on this laptop before I purchased it, and
everything I found was positive. But after just 2 weeks, I am
completely disgusted with this machine. All hardware related issues
which tech service cannot fix remotely. My next step is to ship the
machine back to them or return the thing altogether. Only one of the 3
USB ports work, the optical drive is terribly noisy, and the wireless
LAN card speed fluctuates and drop connections every 2-3 minutes
(extremely frustrating). I thought that by doing my homework before
making the purchase I would end up with a decent machine. No chance.
My advise to anyone looking for a decent laptop is to go with your gut.
If it has the features and capabilities you need then buy it. We have
about 40 old Toshiba laptops at my work, and they are tanks, but I
guess thay don't build them like the used to.

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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
March 21, 2005 1:01:12 PM

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Andrew wrote:
> zofobill@yahoo.com wrote:
> : I did a lot of research on this laptop before I purchased it, and
> : everything I found was positive. But after just 2 weeks, I am
> : completely disgusted with this machine. All hardware related
issues
> : which tech service cannot fix remotely. My next step is to ship
the
> : machine back to them or return the thing altogether. Only one of
the 3
> : USB ports work, the optical drive is terribly noisy, and the
wireless
> : LAN card speed fluctuates and drop connections every 2-3 minutes
> : (extremely frustrating).
>
> FYI, some newer laptops have optical drives that have a "quiet" mode
> where the drive will sacrifice some performance in exchange for more
> quiet operation. My brother's Toshiba M55 has this feature - it did
> work very well. Try looking for an option for this in the app tray.
>
> As for the wireless card...I have found that 802.11 equipment
> unfortunately does not all talk to each other as well as it should.
> The 802.11b mini-PCI wireless card in my Toshiba Satellite works well
> with my old 802.11b Netgear WAP/router at home and also works well
> with T-Mobile Hotspot equipment (which I assume is all 802.11b). But
> with 802.11g equipment - which is supposed to be compatible with
> 802.11b - I find I get frequent drop-outs and it is very frustrating.
> I don't know whether it is my card, the 802.11g equipment, or both.
>
> Anyway...before blaming your laptop for the dropouts, you might
> provide more specifics about how you are using it, with what
> equipment, etc.
>
> Andrew
> --
> ----> Portland, Oregon, USA <----
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I have a Lynksys router that can operate in both b or g modes. Besides
the Intel wireless card is a g standard anyway. Believe me I've tried
every imaginable setting, and it keeps dropping out. I have two other
pc's using the Lynksys router and it's like they were wired, the
connection never fails
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
March 21, 2005 2:50:46 PM

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Andrew wrote:
> zofobill@yahoo.com wrote:
> : I have a Lynksys router that can operate in both b or g modes.
Besides
> : the Intel wireless card is a g standard anyway. Believe me I've
tried
> : every imaginable setting, and it keeps dropping out. I have two
other
> : pc's using the Lynksys router and it's like they were wired, the
> : connection never fails
>
> Yes, and as I said, with my 802.11b card and my b router (and other
> 802.11b WAP/routers), my connection is solid, but on 802.11g/b
> routers, it is flakey. Just because your old machine's card likes
> your linksys doesn't mean your new one will automatically...
>
> Have you tried updating the firmware in the linksys router?
>
> Have you run Windows Update on the laptop to get all the latest
> Windows patches? (do you have XP SP2?). How about making sure you
> have the latest drivers for your laptop from the Toshiba and for your
> card from Intel? A laptop purchased last week might still have
> drivers that are months old if there have been recent updates.
>
> Andrew
> --
> ----> Portland, Oregon, USA <----
> *******************************************************************
> ----> http://www.bizave.com <---- Photo Albums and Portland Info
> ----> To Email me remove "MYSHOES" from email address
> *******************************************************************

Yes, I have done all of that and more. XPSP2 in installed. Thought it
may have been SP2's firewall but problem still exists when disabled. I
re-installed the drivers even though they were at the latest rev. Also
updated the Linksys firmware even though my other devices are fine. I
have a pocket PC with built in wireless, and the connection never
fails. I appreciate your attempt at helping me on this but I am not
really looking for help for my wireless connection, I will use the
RJ-45 connection. My primary concern was the USB ports anyway. My
original message was simply to trash Toshiba, thats all.
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March 21, 2005 8:50:41 PM

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zofobill@yahoo.com wrote:
: I did a lot of research on this laptop before I purchased it, and
: everything I found was positive. But after just 2 weeks, I am
: completely disgusted with this machine. All hardware related issues
: which tech service cannot fix remotely. My next step is to ship the
: machine back to them or return the thing altogether. Only one of the 3
: USB ports work, the optical drive is terribly noisy, and the wireless
: LAN card speed fluctuates and drop connections every 2-3 minutes
: (extremely frustrating).

FYI, some newer laptops have optical drives that have a "quiet" mode
where the drive will sacrifice some performance in exchange for more
quiet operation. My brother's Toshiba M55 has this feature - it did
work very well. Try looking for an option for this in the app tray.

As for the wireless card...I have found that 802.11 equipment
unfortunately does not all talk to each other as well as it should.
The 802.11b mini-PCI wireless card in my Toshiba Satellite works well
with my old 802.11b Netgear WAP/router at home and also works well
with T-Mobile Hotspot equipment (which I assume is all 802.11b). But
with 802.11g equipment - which is supposed to be compatible with
802.11b - I find I get frequent drop-outs and it is very frustrating.
I don't know whether it is my card, the 802.11g equipment, or both.

Anyway...before blaming your laptop for the dropouts, you might
provide more specifics about how you are using it, with what
equipment, etc.

Andrew
--
----> Portland, Oregon, USA <----
*******************************************************************
----> http://www.bizave.com <---- Photo Albums and Portland Info
----> To Email me remove "MYSHOES" from email address
*******************************************************************
March 21, 2005 9:21:26 PM

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zofobill@yahoo.com wrote:
: I have a Lynksys router that can operate in both b or g modes. Besides
: the Intel wireless card is a g standard anyway. Believe me I've tried
: every imaginable setting, and it keeps dropping out. I have two other
: pc's using the Lynksys router and it's like they were wired, the
: connection never fails

Yes, and as I said, with my 802.11b card and my b router (and other
802.11b WAP/routers), my connection is solid, but on 802.11g/b
routers, it is flakey. Just because your old machine's card likes
your linksys doesn't mean your new one will automatically...

Have you tried updating the firmware in the linksys router?

Have you run Windows Update on the laptop to get all the latest
Windows patches? (do you have XP SP2?). How about making sure you
have the latest drivers for your laptop from the Toshiba and for your
card from Intel? A laptop purchased last week might still have
drivers that are months old if there have been recent updates.

Andrew
--
----> Portland, Oregon, USA <----
*******************************************************************
----> http://www.bizave.com <---- Photo Albums and Portland Info
----> To Email me remove "MYSHOES" from email address
*******************************************************************
March 22, 2005 1:21:21 AM

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zofobill@yahoo.com wrote:
: Yes, I have done all of that and more. XPSP2 in installed. Thought it
: may have been SP2's firewall but problem still exists when disabled. I
: re-installed the drivers even though they were at the latest rev. Also
: updated the Linksys firmware even though my other devices are fine. I
: have a pocket PC with built in wireless, and the connection never
: fails. I appreciate your attempt at helping me on this but I am not
: really looking for help for my wireless connection, I will use the
: RJ-45 connection. My primary concern was the USB ports anyway. My
: original message was simply to trash Toshiba, thats all.

Well, yours is only one data point. We could find similar stories
about every laptop manufacturer out there, you know? If we listened
to every "trash Toshiba/Dell/Gateway/IBM/HP/Sony/Apple" post, no one
would ever buy a laptop!

FWIW, I have a Toshiba Satellite and am very happy with it. My
brother has a Toshiba A55 and is very happy with it. Not everyone has
had the poor experience you have had with yours.

Andrew
--
----> Portland, Oregon, USA <----
*******************************************************************
----> http://www.bizave.com <---- Photo Albums and Portland Info
----> To Email me remove "MYSHOES" from email address
*******************************************************************
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