I have a Toshiba Satellite 1400. It has a panel on the bottom that
apparently can hold a wireless LAN mini pci card.
How can I tell if the laptop has a built in antenna? Will there be a
seperate cable or will the necessary contacts be brought out onto the
if you remove the panel on the underside of the laptop and have a look
you should find a couple of cables with connectors that will plug into
the mini-pci card. You may find the cables tucked away somewhere inside
the enclosed area.
On my Dell I have one black cable and one white cable which attach to
the Intel Pro-Wireless card.
If you don't have these cables then I suspect Tosh decided to save a
little money and not fit them.
Have heard of people elsewhere on the Wireless newsgroups who in the
same situation fitted their own antennae however I have no idea how
successful that would be. In my view you would have to be fairly
skilled in disassembling the laptop case and especially the screen as I
understand that most wireless antennae are fitted to run up one side of
the display screen.