Toshiba® Satellite A500 Ethernet Card
Possible issues with Toshiba Satellite A500 Ethernet card
The Toshiba Satellite A500 line offers a variety of models, depending on the budget and characteristics wished. All of them have built in components like a high definition wide screen, a full keyboard, among others, and a shiny and elegant finishing touch, which is totally eye catching and aesthetic. For cabled communications, the Toshiba A500 has a built in LAN port. The Ethernet card was invented by the Xerox company and nowadays they are found virtually in every computer. They were created to allow data sharing and form a Local Area Network, or LAN. However, as with any piece of hardware, the built in Ethernet card can suffer a variety of problems, including it gives a slow speed, it is not recognized by the operating system, there may be connection problems or total failure.
The following points will provide a better understanding of Toshiba Satellite A500 Ethernet card:
- Characteristics of the built in Ethernet card
- Issues encountered with the Toshiba Satellite A500 Ethernet card
- How to fix problems
Characteristics of the built in Ethernet card
The Toshiba Satellite A500 can connect to Internet or a home/office network through its wireless card, or the built in Ethernet port. Each computer and each card has a different and unique identification number called the MAC address. The device installed is a Gigabit Ethernet 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T and as with every piece of hardware, a software driver is needed for the card to work, but the built in operating system, Windows 7 Home Premium edition, includes all the necessary files needed for it to work.
Issues encountered with the Toshiba Satellite A500 Ethernet card
There are multiple issues that can be encountered while working with the built in Ethernet card. A common problem found while surfing the web connected to a wired router or modem is the slow connection speed. This can be caused by many factors and not directly by the card itself: a defective LAN cable or a slow switch/modem/router. In some other cases, the card may become unresponsive, or it can completely stop working after applying a system patch.
The card is capable of transmitting up to 100 Mb/seg. But this speed can't be reached if a defective cable is connected. Replacing the cable will solve this. Another factor slowing down the Ethernet card can be the router or switch where it is connected. Although the card can achieve really high data exchange rates, if the switch can't handle it, it will limit and slow the amount of packets sent and received per second. A new switch or router may help improve the speed. Only very rarely the card will stop working due to a software or operating system. Nowadays almost all Ethernet cards are built on industry standard. However, if the card stops working, go to the “control panel, select devices and reinstall the hardware driver” provided by the Windows 7 operating system. It will be automatically updated and the card will start working again.