Common Toshiba® Satellite Problems
Many Toshiba Satellite, feature built-in chicony-brand webcams. The Chicony webcam can proved to be problematic, especially when running a 32-bit version of Windows. However, Microsoft has released an update that will correct problems with starting the webcam after terminating sleep mode. Users might also have to install the appropriate driver or webcam software to correct webcam problems. Toshiba laptops include a built-in diagnostic tool so you can troubleshoot items on your Satellite computer that do not appear to work properly. The Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool can be found under utilities in the Toshiba folder on your programs list.
- Improperly grounded top cover assembly
- Defective memory
- Power jack
Improperly grounded top cover assembly
If the top cover assembly is not grounded properly, then the laptop might lock up or freeze up when you touch it in the speaker area. This happens because of a static electricity discharge. This problem can be fixed on some laptops, but still there are a lot of laptops with unmodified top cover assembly. This problem should be covered under warranty even if your laptop is not under warranty anymore.
The most common problems with Toshiba Satellite laptops is overheating. This usually happens when you running a program that is too taxing on the CPU, causing the computer to overheat and shut down. This is usually be avoided by cleaning out your cooling fan, which builds up dust over time. Take of compressed air and spray it directly into the heating vents. You could follow the directions, or end up spraying liquid into your laptop instead of air.
One of the common issues with Toshiba Satellite laptops is defective on-board memory. This is usually characterized by random symbols on your screen each times you are try to restart laptop. To be also sure that it is the memory, perform the test found in the additional resources section. If the memory is bad, you could have to replace the motherboard completely.
The most difficult problems with the Toshiba Satellite laptop can be the power jack. Because of faulty design, over time, the power jack on many models of the Satellite laptop begins to loosen. Eventually the positive pins on the jack no longer keep contact with the motherboard. When this happens, takes apart the laptop and resold the pins of the power jack to the motherboard.