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- Steve Mackie
December 7, 2005, 3:09 am
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Question regarding the miniPCI slot on my Toshiba Sat Pro 4600. This laptop
is "WIFI Ready," meaning it has a switch on the side to turn the WIFI on and
off and internal antenna. Do I have to buy a Toshiba specific miniPCI wifi
card, or can I buy any ol' miniPCI card?
Re: Toshiba 4600 Mini-PCI
The drivers and client manager provided with the laptop only support the
Toshiba OEM card. If you simply ignore (or even uninstall) them, you can
install any third-party card that has drivers available.
In my case I used the Zcomm/Xterasys XG-600 in my Sat Pro 4600. It is
widely available for $39. It works perfectly, except that the external
switch you mention is non-functional. I suspect it is tied to the
Toshiba drivers or card. No big deal.
Putting the same card in a Tecra 8200 I discovered an unexpected "gotcha"
... one of the entenna cables does not reach the socket on the mini-PCI
card. No amount of tugging could get the cable to reach as I suspect it is
strung rather tightly inside. I ended up jury-rigging a tiny extension
using Hirose U-FL parts from Digikey (not for the faint of heart ... the
coaxial cable is less than 1mm in diameter, and the receptacle is the
width of a pinhead and has a plastic core that melts when soldered to).
Anyway, the lesson is this: just note the lengths and positions of the
internal antenna cables in your laptop, compare them with the sockets on
the mini-PCI card you intend to buy, and be sure there will by no physical