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I have a Toshiba laptop, on which I attempted to install Linux Mint,as I had done so successfully on my desktop. However, all though the installation started off okay, the wireless facility failed to work. I installed Linux Mint without the wireless connection. I have not been able to activate the wireless in any way. I was informed that wireless had been hardware deactivated. I've no idea how this could have happened and there is nothing in the Toshiba notes to say how wireless can be reactivated. There is no wireless switch anywhere, and why would it have been deactivated anyway?
It's been years since I had a Tosh, but I have several laptops that have hardware keys for turning wireless on and off. I once accidentally turned the wireless off on the one I'm typing on right now and it took me a month to figure out what had happened.
On two of them (Dells), it's a function key with a little antenna mast symbol on it. On the other (Asus Travelmate), it's a button on the front near the latch release.
Thanks for your replies. There IS a button with a wireless antenna on it, which would seem to be the wireless on/off button, but it doesn't do anything. After installing Linux Mint, it told me that lack of wireless was a hardware turn-off. It may be a combination of buttons, but trying to find out is almost impossible.
I cracked it about half-hour ago. There is a wireless button on my 850 which does nothing. It's supposed to light up green when Wireless is active, but it does absolutely nothing when i press it. I found out by downloading the complete manual. You press FN and F8. Hey presto! It works!
There is a wireless button on my 850 which does nothing. It's supposed to light up green when Wireless is active, but it does absolutely nothing when i press it. I found out by downloading the complete manual. You press FN and F8. Hey presto! It works!
Strange, in that case the F8 button should have had some sort of "wireless" logo on it, possibly in the same colour as the text on the fn key. Exactly which model is this notebook?