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PCMCIA usb 2.0 problem on my Satellite 5100-503

Question: PCMCIA usb 2.0 problem on my Satellite 5100-503

I have a Satellite 5100-503 notebook, now I bought a PCMCIA USB 2.0 card for an external 60Gb hdd. The problem is that:
a memory key work well with pcmcia card
hdd work slow but well with usb 1.1
hdd is not recognised by pcmcia card

Anyone could help me?

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Answer: PCMCIA usb 2.0 problem on my Satellite 5100-503


in my opinion this problem is related to the PCMCIA card driver!

If the PCMCIA card is recognized by the OS and there is no problem in the Device Manager, everything should be ok!

You can write us the PCMCIA card vendor and model name, bt I don't know if somebody could help you!

It will be better to connect the support of the PCMCIA vendor!


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Hi to all,

I've an important question, my PC (Satellite 5100-503) does not works properly for PCMCIA slot when I want to controll it at low level by means Jungo Drivers (writing and reading of a particular address space for Compact Flash Card device), for others LAP TOP PC (HP) my program works properly.
The question is: do you know if this is a known problem and what driver or ather solutions you propose to solve my problem?

Thanks a lot,


Answer:PCMCIA Low Level Control - Satellite 5100


In my opinion the only thing that you can do is BIOS settings check but I am not sure if you can do it on this unit. If this not help than I don?t believe that you will be able to control it on low level with this unit.


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I have a satellite 5100-201 and yesterday evening Ad-Watch kept displaying "Registry modification detected" with the choice of ALLOW or BLOCK, I chose block then after I rebooted all my icons changed to .LNK Can anyone help fix this? I am trying to run a registry programme from a CD to see if that would fix it. I can't run internet or open a CD.
I believe that changing the bios boot sequence the the CD drive would run the registry programme - how can I acces the bios I have tried esc F2 F10 but no luck. Anyway, any fresh thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Answer:.LNK Problem on my Satellite 5100

Hi John,

This seems to be a particular problem with Ad-Watch and I have found a possible fix on the following web-site :-

Select 'File Associations' from the options under 'Win XP Fixes' and then download the '.exe' zip file. Note the use of task manager to start the RegEdit program.


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The user guide doesn't spell out the differences between the S5100-201 and S5100-603 models.
I can work out they are different speeds, memory and hard disk size but what about the internal bits?

I have a broken -603 model with a power control fault. Does anyone know if the systemboard from a -201 model will fit into the -603 unit?


Answer:Differences between Satellite 5100-201 & 5100-603


I am not technician but I have found info that those units have different graphic card and both can not handle with max RAM.

Satellite 5100-201:
- nVidia GeForce4 440Go 32 MB
- can handle with max 512 MB RAM

Satellite 5100-603:
- nVidia GeForce4 440Go 64 MB
- can handle with max 1024 MB RAM

I am not 100% sure but if you exchange the whole Mb with all hardware components I believe that other peripheral devices should work well but I don?t know how it will work with BIOS. Maybe the DMI must be rewritten.

On this forum there are few guys with very good knowledge and I hope some of them will post here and say more about that.

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I stil use very old Toshiba A350D. Notebook works fine with Office, internet browsing and other light task.
But last days i notice a problem with wifi connection. Well, the card constantly switches off automatically. I use Intel Wifi ProSET tool and Windows 7 system tools.
Windows 7 indicator shown no avilable connections and ProSET indicator shown wifi disabled and ask for turn on wifi with hardware switcher, when hardware switcher (mechanical slider with LED on front) is in the 'on' position and LED flashes.
When this happens, the wifi card is still detected in the Windows device manager. I reinstalled all drivers, but this didn't fix the problem.
The card can be switched on and off several times per minute, but most often when the card is turned off it is hard to activate it again.
Fn + F8 works well, if WiFi Link works properly himself.
Is there still someone who remembers this model and met with such behavior?

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I have a Toshiba S5100 201 which performed well and the very annoying problem with the Nvidia graphics driver. After much searching on the web, it would appear that a fix to the problem has not been found. If anyone has had better luck than me, please post a message.

When reporting the error to Microsoft an automatic replies states that there are no reported faults, therefore no solution. I searched the Toshiba website and they only have the original driver from 2002.

There are many posts concerning graphics problems with my particular model and several other Toshiba models but no word from Toshiba or Nvidia on the subject. This problem means that I have to shutdown and reboot many times, and often it just packs up without any notice.

Any help would be greatly appreciated - Toshiba and Nvidia are also included in this request.

Ps I have tried a couple of drivers and am currently using GeForce 4 440

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Answer:Nvidia graphics driver problem on my Satellite 5100

Hi John

Usually you should always use the Toshiba graphic driver because only these drivers are designed for the notebook usage. The NVIDIA graphic driver you can use on the desktop PC.
Well, I found on the Toshiba download site a display driver update version 28.46. I don?t know if you have tried it but please check it.
Furthermore you can also check other Toshiba notebooks with the same graphic card if there is a latest version of the graphic driver.

But I?m not 100% sure if it?s graphic driver problem. Did you check if the recover procedure can solve this issue? If not, well, I think you should check also this possibility.


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i'm trying to use a Express Card ExpressCard/34 To PCMCIA Cardbus Adapter. When i plug it in to my Satellite Pro L40 Windows 7 32bit, installs it as a texas instruments cardbus, cant find a driver then indicates a problem.
Ive downloaded latest drivers from this site for the card reader but no joy.

What should I do?

Answer:Satellite Pro L40 - ExpressCard/34 to PCMCIA indicates a problem

You will need to use Vista drivers (or Win7 drivers if you can find them). Have you tried that?

Also try running WindowsUpdate. It may find a suitable driver.

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(Sorry for my English)
I've tried to install Windows Vista on my Satellite M40-135. (I've added 512Mb RAM).

But, as all users I've the problem with pcmcia.sys. Vista starts successfully when I remove pcmcia.sys file.
But I've a problem: I've a PCMCIA TV Card and I couldn't use it without the pcmcia.sys file...

So I wondered if Toshiba will upload new drivers for Windows Vista... This laptop is "Vista capable" according to the Microsoft system requirements...

Waiting for your help...

Answer:pcmcia.sys problem with Vista on Satellite M40-135

The notebook is Vista Capable if Toshiba has it on their list for Vista Capable Notebooks. Thats the problem. I think you can wait long for drivers, or forever :(

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I've got Satellite 5100-603. There have been some dead pixels on display. I don't know is it really dead pixel problem or not because the black area seems to be behind the screen. When i move left and right sides, the black area moves left and right sides too (as if the black area is behind the screen pixels)! And i can tell that all pixels are working OK when i look from the right and left sides of the display (because the pixels that seems to be dead, changes at different looking angles).

Are there really dead pixels or is it some other problem?
Is there anything that i can do about it?

For info, i am using my laptop for 2,5 years and there is no warranty of course...

Thanks for any help..

Answer:Satellite 5100 - Question about dead pixels. Is it really dead pixel problem?


Due to your description it is not easy to give you a proper answer. On my old notebook I had two dead pixels and it was easy to see them at the boot up process. At the beginning you can see Toshiba welcome screen and dead pixels are usually green (background is black).

Sorry but there is nothing to do. You must live with it because exchanging the display is very expensive.

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I had to reinstall my notebook with the original recovery CD
on Windows XP Home. I've run the latest updates.

Since I've used several USB devices, the system tells me that
I have to connect that device to a USB 2.0 port to get fastest

I'm pretty sure I've never had these messages before.

Doesn't my 5100-603 support Enhanced USB?


Which drivers do I have to download and where?

Thanks for your help in advance.


Answer:USB 2.0 on Satellite 5100-603?

Hey Oliver

Such messages are nothing unusual if you connect the high-speed USB 2.0 devices to a notebook with USB 1.1 ports.
Yes, as far as I know the Satellite 5100-603 supports only the USB 1.1 ports and not the USB 2.0
This is a notebook hardware limitation and it cannot be upgraded with any drivers.

I assume you didn?t get any messages in the past because the updates and Microsoft QFE was not installed.
Anyway, nothing wrong with you unit.

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I've recently had installed satellite broadband via the Ipstar terminal. This terminal would serve well as an air raid warning siren, the noise the fan makes. There are sites selling quiet computer fans however, before I go further, has anyone done this. Put a cooling fan making less racket in the same terminal I mean.

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I have a satellite 5100 which when I try to boot it hangs on the red toshiba screen and the small blue window at the front shows HDDPassword= I have never set a password for this. I have tried disconnecting all power sources but still no further forward any suggestions?

Answer:Satellite 5100 HDD Password


if there's really a HDD password set, it's very bad, because there's no way to remove it.

But maybe it's just some kind of failure. Try to reinstall the system or get access to the HDD from another computer.


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My satellite had some coke for the first time, didn't like it. Got it cleaned but still warms up and shuts down. If anyone has a faulty 5100-503 with presumably ok motherboard, I'd like to bid for that.


Answer:Need motherboard for Satellite 5100-503


The new motherboard is very expensive. Motherboard and display are the most expansive notebook parts!!!
I think it make no sense to buy a new board for this oldie!
If you want you can order it from the Toshiba authorizes service provider?

But I would recommend buying a second hand Satellite 5100 or board from the Ebay.

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Maximum capacity of a CD in the combo DVD reader/CD of the Satellite 5100-503 seems to be 703Mb. Is there any solution to burn 800 Mb/90 minutes CDs ?


Answer:satellite 5100-503: burning a 800 Mb CD-Rom


do you want to burn a real 800MB CD-ROM or do you want to overwrite it?

Did you checked if a new firmware is available?

Which OS and burning programm do you use?

Bye Sam

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I have a Satellite 5100-503 with a GeForce4 440 Go and I recently installed Windows XP Professional with SP2 as fresh install. I tried to play a game that I had installed and played on the other operating system (XP SP1).

When I tried to run it, it sent me a ?Could not run OpenGL? message. Then I browsed your website for drivers. The only problem was that when I checked your driver archives my model was nowhere to be found.

I checked various other unofficial websites for drivers but again without success. After that I tried models that where close to my model, but they didn?t help me, then I tried various force wares with modded .inf, no success either.

All I?m here to ask you is to please send me the drivers or upload them to the internet for download. The last time (a couple of years ago) when I had installed the OS, I downloaded the drivers from your website and it worked perfectly.
I hope you can answer to my problem as soon as possible.

Also I would like to have all the drivers needed for my laptop, for Windows XP SP2.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Need WXP drivers for Satellite 5100-503

All WXP drivers you can find on Toshiba download page but under option ?Product type? choose ARCHIVE.
Install all stuff and when you are finished check for Windows updates. SP2 will be installed and it should run well.

This notebook is pretty old and tested with SP2. Some strange problems are not known to me. For me it is one of the best Toshiba notebooks.

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Instruction for Satellite 5100-503 says that max. RAM capacity this notebook can works is 512 MB. This is strange for me. Why I can't upgrade memory in my notebook, this is efficency but 512 MB is too less for me. I use Windows XP Prof. with many programs, that's why I need more memory. Additional distributor of Toshiba notebooks in my country clamis that this model can works with 1GB RAM. I do not really know who has right. Help me, please.

Answer:Toshiba Satellite 5100-603

Hi emifer,

This Machine can run up to 1024 Mb Ram (PC2100DDR-RAM) !
The Order Code for Toshiba 512 Mb Ram is PA3164U.


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How do I enter the bios on a 5100-501

Answer:satellite 5100-501 bios

Hi jm,

the BIOS of the Satellite 5100-503 could only be changed with the Toshiba HWSetup in the Control panel!

When you press the power button to start the notebook you could only press ESC, when the red Toshiba logo is shown, to set the BIOS to default!

Bye Sammy23

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Hi all..

I Have the Toshiba Satellite 5100 and i have a small problem which is with the sub LCD that i have on my laptop..the problem is that the sub LCD should display "welcome" when i start my laptop and "good bye" when i turn it of and it should display either the date or any thing else that i choose to write during using the computer ..but the problem is when i start my laptop ..the LCD keeps displaying "welcome"...
i know that is is a silly question ..but i really like my laptop alot and i want it to stay i get annoyed by small silly stuff like the problem i wrote ..
so if anyone can please help me ..i would be very greatfull thaaaaaaaaaanx

Answer:Question about Satellite 5100

Hello Meisoon

As far as I know under ?Toshiba controls properties? you can set what the SubLCD should show. It can be set to clock or own string. It is not known to me that you can use two different strings and that they can be displayed separately depending on switching on or off.

If you find out how it works please write again.


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I had recently bought a new HDD due to problems to the previous one, so the hard disk have nothing in it. But when i thought everything was fixed, i have discovered a new problem.
Every time i turn the computer ON an try to access the boot priority to choose the CD-ROM drive (F12) so i can install the system, nothing happens.
I've already tried different combinations, C (to CD-ROM), DEL, F2, F1, ... nothing happens.
There is a weird thing however: if i turn OFF, and then ON again, with Esc key pressed, the LCD ask for password. I don't even remember if i ever set a password... I've tried many letters and words, and 'x' works; then a message appears: Press [F1] key for default setting, i press F1 and the system runs untill it reach the HDD:
Insert System Disk in the Drive
Press any key when ready...
pressing, only repeat the message

If i turn the computer ON without using Esc, and if use Esc when the TOSHIBA logo appears, don't ask for password, just for the message: Press [F1] key for default setting
and everything loops...

The new HDD its a HITACHI 160Gb and i know the problem its not from the disk

I've already did a search and i think its something about the BIOS, but i don't know for sure.
I'd really appreciate any help you could give.

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Answer:Satellite 5100-503 BIOS 'locked' maybe

I don't think the 5100 has a BIOS screen. All you can do is reset the defaults.

If its saying "Insert system disk", that means the operating system has not been installed or there is a problem with the boot sector.

I don't know what the max HDD size is for the 5100, but 160GB might be too large. It may be limited to the 128GB LBA48 limitation ( ).

Anyway, holding down 'C' during POST should get it to boot from the CD. Unless the CD Drive is faulty.

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Hey all,

I have a HUGE problem with my Satellite 5100-503.

Windows XP is logging on and then it logs off straight away.

I found a fix for this at: [url]{/url}

The problem is I can't boot from a cd because the BIOS is set to boot from the hard-drive first.

I get into the BIOS. I read on a few places on the net that on Satellite 5xxx machines you can only get into the bios through windows!! isn't working so I can't get into the bios. I can't even use the Windows Installation CD when I boot up, because again the HD is set to boot up first.

When I press ESC while turning on the laptop and then press F1 I get the option to load the BIOS defaults. I've done that but the HD is still set to boot up first!!

What can I do....I can't re-install windows or get into regedit to fix the log on/log off problem!!


Answer:Satellite 5100-503: Not possible to boot from CD drive

Hi Jamie,

Normally you can select a boot device selection menu when you power on your notebook. You can do this by holding the F12 key down when you power on. keep it pressed until the notebook beeps or the device selection menu appears.

If this doesn't work then you could try the usual Toshiba short-cut which is to hold the 'C' key down during the power on which should then cause the notebook to boot from the CD drive. Obviously there has to be a bootable CD inserted first.


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Hi all,
I have a Toshiba Satellite 5100-503, and it's hard-drive has malfunctiond, so I had to replace it for a new one, but now I can't use the recovery CD I got with the computer.
Could anybody help me with this?
thanks in advance.

Answer:Problems restoring Satellite 5100-503

Err, could you please describe why not? Do you get an error message or does it just not work. It?s important that everyone here give?s a DETAILED description about the error and not just "Hi, my blabla doesn?t work. Help".

With a better description of your problem everyone would be able to HELP you.

A feedback from you would be appreciated.


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I want to upguard the HD bat the new toshiba HD doesn't run in my notebook. bat in an other PC it will work fine. if i turn the original HD in a PC it doesen't work but it work in the notebook can enyone helb me?

I think the original HD have a other format

thank you for your help

Answer:Satellite 5100-503: HDD upgrade issue


How big is the new HDD?
As far as I know this unit was delivered with a 40GB HDD.
If the new HDD is bigger so maybe the BIOS have some problems to recognize the HDD correctly.

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Is it possible to run Vista Business on 5100-501? Any problems with drivers?


Answer:Satellite 5100-501 and Vista installation

I can not say for sure if this is possible or not but I know for sure that Satellite 5100 is not Vista supported notebook and Toshiba will not offer any Vista driver for this old notebook model.

If you will test it please report us about results.

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I have some very very big problems

lock at this video and say me what i can do. i don?t know what is happen.

if i need an new graphic card where i can get it and how expensiv is that .....

please help me i need my notebook

Answer:Display issue on Satellite 5100-503

Please help me i need this notebook

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My Satellite 5100-503 shows garbled image during startup particularly when the computer is warm.
The sound also breaks.

It was diagnosed as a display card problem. The card has nVidia GeForce4 440 Go chip.
What is the equivalent card available in the market or any reliable source?

Answer:Satellite 5100-503 - I need a new graphic card

As far as I know the graphic card can not be exchanged. It?s soldered on the mainboard and so you need a new mainboard.
Are you sure that is a graphic card issue? Do you have the same issue on an external monitor? Check this!

Maybe the notebook gets to hot so try to clean it with compressed air spray. This could blow out the dust.

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I have a Satellite 5100-201 P4-M 1.6 Ghz with 30Gb IDE HDD and 1024Mb RAM. I use my "good old" Satellite only for Music (the greatest sound found on notebooks!) but now my HDD has become a bit weak.

So my question is if there's any limitation of HDD-Size for this notebook. I would like to buy a IDE 120GB or 160GB HDD with 5400rpm and 8MB Cache. If that would not be possible I can also take the 80GB HDD (some other threads say it works), but the bigger the better!

Thanks for your help!


Answer:Satellite 5100-201 - Limitation of HDD size

Hi buddy,

I think the maximum HDD capacity would be 120GB because the notebook has a 28bit LBA limitation. That means only HDDs up to 128GB can be used so 120GB would be the maximum. 5400rpm and 8MB cache are ok.

By the way: It?s nice to read that you are still so satisfied with old Satellite 5200 :)

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I am owner of a Toshiba Satellite 5100-201. The five keys 9-O-L-.-Del on the keyboard do not work. Is it a software problem or a defect of the keyboard controller or a contact problem on the board? Has someone experience with this problem? Can it be a BIOS-problem? I have Bios 1.90.
Can someone help me?

Best regards

Answer:Satellite 5100-201: Five Keys: "9-O-L-.-Del" do not work


in most cases the problem is that there is some dirt on the contacts of the keys.
You should remove them and clean it, and check the connector of the keyboard.
If this doesn't help the keyboard probably is faulty and needs to be replaced.


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My disk made some strange noises, maybe it have one foot in the grave...
Have latest bios 1.9. and original disk at 30GB.
Have an Hitachi 40GB I tried with, but notebook did not find it.
So I would like to know what disks and sizes that are supported for that model.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:What HDDs are supported for Satellite 5100-201


Very strange? did you use a compatible 40GB HDD?
In my knowledge the notebook should be able to recognize the 40GB HDD.
As far as I know the 30 GB HDD which was installed is a Toshiba MK3017GAP and the computer supports a 20, 30, 40 or 60 GB HDDs.

I think these HDD should be compatible:
Toshiba HDD2171B 40GB HDD
Toshiba HDD2183B 60GB

PS: The strange noise coming from the HDD could be the ?beginning of the end?
So make a data backup.

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I was given an I-pod for Christmas but when I connect it up am told that I need a Hi-Speed USB port which this model doesn't feature. Message comes up saying that I need to get a Hi-Speed USB Host Controller - any advice on which would be the best one for the job gratefully received.


Answer:I need a Hi-Speed USB port on Satellite 5100-503

I am not sure if your Laptop supports USB version 2.0. Sometimes there are USB 1.0 AND USB 2.0 ports available on notebooks. Try to change to a different port and see if the "Hi speed USB..." message will show up again.

In case your Laptop is only fitted with USB 1.0 ports, then you can still use your I-pod on those USB ports. The only disadvantage is the slow speed for the File-transfer and the message that pops up telling you "This device can run faster...blablabla". If you can live with this, your problem is solved.

A better solution would be to buy a USB 2.0 adaptor for PCMCIA. These adaptors plug on the side of your notebook and provide you two or four additional USB 2.0 ports. You can find such an adaptor in every proper computershop or through ebay:

As I said, I am NOT sure if your Laptop has USB2.0 support. Cause if it does, then you might be missing some drivers.

Good luck

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Hy there . I have a Toshiba S5100-201 laptop with MODEL NO.:PS510E-01CZ5-G3.

The bios is missed, but try to boot from hard disk. I didn't fing bios at toshiba homepage. Please send me via email, or paste herer a link.

Thenks a very lot.

Answer:Missed BIOS on Satellite 5100-201


As far as I know BIOS can not be downloaded just BIOS update. In my opinion you need professional help and you should contact nearest service partner in your country.

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I have a Satellite 5100-201.
Recently, a screen problem surfaced: first images outlined get blurred, then stripes appear, usually the screen collapses to provisional modus. I noticed that the notebook gets really hot and I thought this must be a problem of overheating.

I vacuum-cleaned the notebook, I even opened it and checked that the fan turns properly. Afterwards, the notebook worked one time, the fan did run constantly and the notebook did not get heated.

The next day, the problem surfaced again and this time I got even a black screen. Now, the notebook boots normally when I turn it on, but I know that after a while it is gonna get hot again.

Ah, I also updated the driver for the graphic card, but it did not help. Does anyone have a suggestion?


Answer:Satellite 5100-201: overheating after several time

To protect from the overheating the CPU has a n internal temperature sensor. If the computer?s internal temperature rises to a certain level, the cooling fan is turned on or the processing speed is lowered. Use the cooling method item of the basic setup in the Toshiba power saver.

Furthermore it is very important that you use the notebook in the right position. The area near to the cooling module grilles must be free because the fan must ?take a breath?.
It?s important for the fresh air circulation.

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I have a Satellite 5100-503 and was really satisfied until yesterday.
There it stopped working.
What I did: Closed the notebook after work (everything ok) and leaved it alone for a while. When I opend the notebook again to continue working nothing happend.
Only the small frontdisplay showed me a spinning CD (no CD inserted) and the battery status display. After pressing the on-button the on-sign appeared but nothing happened again. Pressing the button again (for some seconds) made the on-sign dissapear. No display, no fan, no harddisk noise in any case (ono/off). Inserting an audio CD and pessing the play-button works! Soundsystem is working well.

Does anyone have an idea what the problem could be?
any questions? more infos necessary? please ask!

Please help

Answer:HELP! Satellite 5100-503 stopped working!!

Hello Guenther,

did you tried to remove the battery pack for about 5 to 10 minutes! It seems that the notebook can't start the hibernation file to boot windows. You can also try to push the start button for 5 seconds.

Cu Theo

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I have a bit of trouble with CDRW/DVD drive for Toshiba Sat 5100-503. It writes about 1 in 5 CDRs and only if I write < 400MB of data. I tried cleaning the lens - no help. Tried both Win XP writing software and NERO - no difference.
Do you know if I can replace the drive for a DVD rewriter? And if yes - what model?

Answer:Need suggestion about optical drive for Satellite 5100-503

Hi Piotr,

You can replace your CD re-writer with vurtually any DVD burner that is the same physical size, but you will need to make sure that the new burner has a similar configuration set-up to your current drive.

Typically the drive will be configured as Master, Slave or Cable Select (Csel), by the manufacturer and this must match the configuration of your current drive. One of the Nero tools will show you how the current drive is configured.

Unfortunately, most retailers do not show the configuration and with the slim-line drives there are no dip switches which you can use to change it.


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I'm currently owner of a Toshiba Satellite 5100-603. The problem is the video card. But i can't find a new or second hand video card for this laptop anywhere.

Does anyone have any suggestions where to look for this card or perhaps has one spare or with the problem i described a few lines back (lines and flickering in your screen).

Answer:Satellite 5100-603: Where to find a new graphic card?

Try on eBay. There you can find many notebook parts. Google a little bit. For new parts is no problem to find them but second hand parts??

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Is it possible to upgrade the processor in my satellite 5110,its a p4 1.8m and i would like to put somthing faster in.If so does anyone know the maximum speed it might take,and which type/model of pentium it will need.I guess intel only made a couple of mobile m processors back then??
Mine is a '5110' from australia.

Answer:Satellite 5110/5100 series - Can I upgrade the CPU?


Generally the CPU upgrade is not possible because of different connection to the mainboard. I really don?t know the details of your unit but if you have time you can call service in your country and pick up some info.

By the way: in the case that something like that is possible are you able to do this alone?

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I once had downloaded a whole bunch of fixes for the Satellite 5100, but through bad circumstance I lost the files.

When I search for Satellite 5100 fixes now I can find only ONE for the Bluetooth stack. The whole download search hasn?t been really working for YEARS now. The selection doesn?t stay on the selected product and some time ago you got all kinds of product- and OS-unrelated stuff. Nowadays you get almost nothing for older products.

I bought a 2GB micro-SD-card with SD adapter and the 5100 canīt handle it. (I intentionally sticked with 2Gigs and avoided a SDHC card)

I know there was a driver update for the card reader!!!

Answer:Satellite 5100 SD-card-reader -> new drivers!?

Hey buddy,

wheres the problem?? I took a look on the driver site and the drivers (SD-Card Host Controller, etc.) are full available.

I choosed on the driver site Archive -> Satellite -> Satellite 51xx and then everything was there.

Please take a look and if your model has nothing then go to another model of the 5100 series because they are all similar machines.


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My harddisk in my Satellite 5100 broke down and I want to change it.

According to various messages in the forum, it is not possible to boot the 5100 from a CD when there is a (new) harddisk in the machine. And the only way to change the boot sequence is via Windows - which does not work anymore - there is no other way to change BIOS parameters than inside Windows.

I have looked in the manual - I cannot find any mentioning of pressing F12 or C or any other combination to change boot sequence (I have of course tried nevertheless to no avail). The only thing one I have found possible is to press ESC + F1 to _restore_ default BIOS settings. And powering up pressing the key left of the space bar gives me the possibility of flashing a new BIOS.

Is it really so? Since that would mean I'm stuck. And in that case I'll simply save the money for the new harddisk and throw out my laptop... (and probably by another brand next time - but I sincerely hope it isn't so...)

Thanks in advance.

Best regards,

Answer:Satellite 5100-503: Changing HDD and booting questions

Oookay. So after pressing F12 at boot time I have to use the _cursor_ keys to move the thin line that looked like an error symbol beneath the graphical symbols, I should have guessed that...

Sigh. I liked the old text approach better.

Anyway. I'm now booting from the CD and I'm installing windows on my new HDD, happy happy.

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a friend of mine has ruined his Toshiba Satellite 5100.
He erased all partition on the hard drive while the laptop still using the default setting,
so I couldn't boot from cd or enter the BIOS.
Is there any solution for this??


Answer:Can not enter BIOS or boot from CD - Satellite 5100

Hi Veenone,

Erasing the partition on the hard drive would have the same effect as formatting, but you should still be able to boot as far as loading the BIOS (this is normally where the Toshiba screen appears with the boot options), before you see an error along the lines of "HDD:0 .....", although this error may be different according to boot options etc.

You should be able to re-install Windows from a recovery CD.

Could you tell us any error messages you are seeing or any other screens or options etc?

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Hi everybody,

I've got a problem with my recovery disk1 which contains Satellite 5100 preinstall image.
Would anybody generously give me a copy of this image file?
The file path is in directory /base with preinst.gho as the name.
If there's anyone willing to help me, please contact me by email at [email protected]


Answer:Satellite 5100: need recovery image file

The supported and compatible Recovery CD you can order from the ASP in your country. The CD is not expensive. You shoudl also know that the images are designed espacialy for the notebooks and you cannot use a different files.

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Hi there!
I own a 5 years old Sat. 5100-201 which worked just fine until today.
Now I experiance problems with the graphic card as I guess, the screen is flickering and distorted and then I mosztly get a blue screen which tells that the graphic
card drivers is running into a loop.

I have a dual boot system, so I checked it on both win xp installations and it's the same problem on both, so it seems to be a real hardware prob.!
So I think I have a graphic card problem, but as far as I know, the chip is fixed on the motherboard and is not replacable, is that right?
Is there any workaround which I can do to make sure what the problem is?

Any help would be very much appreciated.


Answer:Satellite 5100-201 - screen is flickering and distorted

try it first with a different screen on the monitor connection on the back

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i have a Satellite 5100-201 und i bought a remote control original toshiba for the 5200-801. But it don?t work at my Notebook, have i to install a driver? or is it not compatible to my Notebook?

sorry for the bad english, i?m from Germany and try my best.


Answer:Remote Control working on Satellite 5100-201?


When you bought your Satellite notebook didn?t you get a remote control? If not then the unit is not prepared to use remote control. You can also check the user?s manuals.

As far as I know all units that have remote control have installed a small application called ?Controls?. Check in control panel if you can find something like that.


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Hello, I don't seem to be able to change the boot sequence of my satellite 5100. I have tried pressing C,F2,F12 and allmost any other possible buttons.

I have also tried pressing esc to enter the bios. When I press esc I get asked for the password I created along time ago. When I have entered the password all that shows on the screen is "Press F1 to enter normal setup" or something like that, so I don't seen to be able to enter the bios.

Does anyone know a solution to my problem? I need to change the boot sequence

Answer:How change the Boot Sequence on Satellite 5100?


if you see this message "Press F1 to enter normal setup", press F1. The "normal setup" is the BIOS setup. There you can change the boot priority.


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My Satellite 5100 notebook didn't work today. The whole system is crashed, and I cannot open any programme. I wanna recover my system, but my CD driver doesn't work, I cannot use recovery CD to run the system.

What should I do? Can I replace a new CD rom by myself? Is there other way to recover system without CD driver?

Thank you very much and I'm eager to hear from you.

Answer:Satellite 5100: CD driver doesn't work to recover the OS


Check this possibles!
As first please start the last function configuration and made a repair from the System.

Go this not use the recovery CD and made a repair from your System.

Please check the Toshiba Website for Driver updates. nes


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Satellite 5100-201
Lg GSA5120D -External DVD writer connected via Firewire

Windows XP SP2

Windows is instabil, frequently Bluescreen:
IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_Equal or other

by shutdown Windows always stopped (Halt)

Help me.

Answer:Satellite 5100-201 an LG GSA 5120D External (Firewire)DVD-writer

Hi Viktor,

on your Tools&Utilities Cd from Toshiba is a program called "Registry for IRQ Routing V1.0".

Perhaps a reinstall could solve the problem!

Bye chris

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Hello out there,
this is a german calling...
I need an update for the graphic driver of a laptop toshiba satellite 5100-503, the nvidia geforce4 440 Go, which you cannot get on the nvidia site, where are no mobile systems to get.
My Laptop is quite slow. I just want to accelerate its performance.
Thanks outthere

Answer:Driver update for Satellite 5100-503 with NVIDIA geforce4 440 Go

This old notebook model is definitely not supported anymore and on Toshiba support page you cannot find any update. What you can do is to search around to find notebook with the same graphic card but maybe with newer driver and try to install it.

Can you please tell us why you need more graphic performance? For gaming?

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Hi, I hope that someone will help me out of this problem.

After unmounting the satellite top cover the lcd screen that doesn't turn on anymore but I guess the system works properly because I can hear the windows access "jingle". I think I reconnected all the cables (green and white connectors for the video card) but I'm not sure about the brown/white/black thin cables from the lcd panel. That's it

Answer:Satellite 5100 - LCD screen doesn't turn on anymore

Hi stefano88,

Why you have disassembled the LCD?

To be honest I don?t know what cables you mean have you also connected the FL inverter to LCD display? This is necessary because FL inverter controls the backlight of your display.

Can you post a picture of the cables that you mean?

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I have just replaced a dead main board of a satellite 5100-603 with a new main board which I could get from ebay (Toshiba System-Board FNZSY2 - Part-No. P000341750 A5A000160010). If I boot with a XP installation DVD it starts up but hangs with the message "unexpected error (536674392) in line 1768 in D:\xpspi\base\boot\set-up\arcdisp.c"

I realized that there are different bios versions for different satellite 5100 models. I think I have to flash the latest 5100-603 bios to solve this problem.
Is this correct? (booting with BART-PE from CD or BART-PE from harddisk triggers the same error msg text in a differnt look)

Answer:Mainboard replacement on Satellite 5100-603 - Is BIOS update necessary?


to get your mainboard to work you have to write the UUID (Universal Unique Identifier) on it.
As far as I know you can get the UUID write tool from a service partner of Toshiba.


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I'm experiencing trouble with video on a Satellite 5100/201. It seems that when I press on the left side above the graphics card or press a key on the keyboard on that side, the screen starts to be scrambled and vertical lines appear. At the end windows XP resets giving a critical error on the device and the video passes to 640x480. Same thing occurs when running Linux Suse 9.0.

My doubt is what is the cause: the graphics card corrupted or overheating due to the fan not as efficient as originally (my laptop is almost two years old. Did someone succed in finding the cause and resolved the problem, also with the Toshiba assistance?
Any help welcome.

Answer:Satellite 5100/201: trouble with video card or overheat?


i think the problem at your Notebook depends on the Fan.

A colleague on mine has an 5100-603 and had similar problems.

The Service Station changed the Fan.


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I got this computer and unfortunatly I do not have access to the cd that came with the computer because my cousin lost them. I tried to install Windows XP Professional that I bought and when the first installation of Windows XP is about to begin i get this blue screen of death message: 0x0000007B (0xF7AFC63C,0xC0000034,0x00000000,0x00000000)

The Computer was working before but but it was extremly slow and the dvd-rom was not recognizable by windows. I tried all the known windows corrections related to missing cd-rom drives but nothing made it work. I can boot from the cd in windows boot cd. and i even updated then bios to 1.90 from 1.60.

Must I have the Toshiba installation CDs? There is no other way to install Windows XP Pro?? Must I use the Toshiba Recovery CD?

Answer:Satellite 5100-201 Problems Installing Windows XP (Blue Screen)


Before you start the installation you should to format the whole HDD or partition. Then you can install your OS with the original Microsoft Windows XP CD. After this action you can install the Toshiba drivers. All necessary drivers you can find on the Toshiba website.

Best regards

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Really enjoy my laptop for gaming and it seems to cope with most games, however graphics technology moves on.
I would like to update the nvidia graphics card on my satellite 5100-603. Can anyone recommend a suitable card to upgrade with (for laptop).

[Edited by: admin on 11-Feb-06 20:37]

Answer:Nvidia 440go graphics card upgrade on Satellite 5100-603

Hi Alison

Many users in this forum ask for the graphic card upgrades possibilities. I have to say you that the upgrade is not possible. The graphic card on the notebook is different as on the desktop pc. This is a little chip which is fixed on the mainboard.
Unfortunately it?s not possible.

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Does the L20's support Wake-On-Lan via the PCMCIA card bus, if i fit a WOL capable card?

Answer:Satellite Pro L20 PCMCIA, does it support WOL?

I am not 100% sure about it but I don't think so. I believe all settings in BIOS are for notebook ports only and have no influence on added hardware like PCMCIA cards.

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A friend has an A50 with a broken DVD drive which needs an OS re-install. The BIOS doesn't allow booting from USB but does allow booting from PCMCIA.

If I buy a cheap PCMCIA USB card will I be able to boot from a USB CDROM drive.


Answer:Is PCMCIA booting on Satellite A50 possible?

As far as I know something like this is not possible. In my opinion your friend should replace optical disc drive.
You can find it on eBay for less money and the replacement is also not so complicated.
It must also not be the new one. Used one you can get for few bucks only.

In user?s manuals document you can find the list of all comparable optical disc drives.

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Hi, I have a 1700-300 machine which I upgraded to Win XP. I've been trying to connect to the internet using the LAN port straight into my router, but can't find any reference to the LAN or network settings on the notebook. Any ideas?

I then thought I'd try my Belkin PCMCIA wireless card, but can't get that recognised either!

Can anyone out there help me!? Cheers.

Answer:LAN and PCMCIA for Satellite 1700-300

Hello Sanjit

I am not 100% sure but I think that your unit has no LAN card and you must use some other solution like PCMCIA card.

As far as I know your unit is delivered with Windows ME and I really don?t believe that hardware configuration is not the best one for WXP (not much RAM) and I believe that unit will be very slow.

Anyway in my opinion you should try other card (other producer). A friend of mine has had the same problem with Belkin card.


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My problem is that i don't have the "TI 1410 PCMCIA Driver v 5.1.2600.0" for my notebook, so my Conceptronic C54RC Wireless Network Card doesn't works. I've got a driver for the pcmcia card but when it's in the notebook there aren't any life signals:)
Can anyone help me about the location i can download it from?
Thank you.

tc from HU

Answer:Satellite L20-182 PCMCIA driver

Hello Tomcat

For PCMCIA slot you do not need any driver and Toshiba does not offer them. If you use external device you should install driver you get with it. Please check installations instructions and all information you can get from Conceptronic support page.

Maybe you must install driver at first before you put the card into the slot. Sorry buddy but described problem has nothing with notebook manufacturer. Check Conceptronic support page. Maybe they have FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) section where you can find useful tips.

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I plan to replace the failing CDRW/DVD-drive in my Toshiba Satellite 5100-503 (european version, it was sold as 5105 in the US and other countries).
The built-in drive is a UJDA730.
As upgrade I consider the highly regarded a Slimline DVD+/-RW drive. Unfortunately, some research on the internet revealed that upgrading a notebook's optical drive is not as straightforward as one might hope. I had no trouble removing my old drive (you only have to remove the keyboard and unscrew two screws), so I consider myself capable of putting in an new drive instead. However, two problems remain:

-mechanical compatibily: The 6500A appears to have a different front bezel layout. Its eject button and LED are in a different position than that of my current drive, so I doubt I will be able to use my old bezel with the other one. In addition, the bezel of my old drive has a recess in the lower right corner (similar to that found on some Fujitsu-Siemens notebooks), which gives room for the volume control of the notebook. So I cannot reuse the old bezel, and the NEC's bezel will probably not allow me to close the drive's tray. I wonder if some Dremel-work on the plastic parts of the NEC drive will allow me to fit it in physically. Has anybody tried that?

-electronical compatibility: notebook drives generally do not have jumpers to change their Master/Slave/cable select configuration. Instead this is set within the firmware, so changing it requires flashing a new firmware, which is not ea... Read more

Answer:Replace my notebook drive in a Toshiba Satellite 5100/5105 - Experience?


at first the CD drive in a Satellite 5100 is fixed mounted and only replaceable with the same model! So another modell could work, but as you see the bezel don't fits and perhaps the new drive doesn't fit to 100%! So you will have problems all the way!

What do you think about an external solution via USB or Firewire! This is the better way to upgrade!

Bye chris

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Hi all

After I accidentally served some coke for my satellite 5100-503, it went totally dead. My bro managed to clean it up, and it started. But soon after that it turned itself of, and just gave this error message by flashing the front power led: 4x SHORT, 1x LONG, 3x SHORT

I managed to interpret that by the help of certain web site. It is a hex-code 10h, and means: "AC Adaptor output voltage is more than 16.5 V."

And here is what they recommend to do, if AC adapter is ok (and it is, I have checked):

After checking the connection, perform the following:
Check 1
Replace the AC adaptor with a new one. If the AC adaptor is still not functioning properly, perform Check 2.
Check 2
Use a multimeter to make sure that the F8800 fuse on the System board is not blown. If the fuse is not blown, go to Check 3. If the fuse is blown, go to Check 6.
Check 3
Use a multimeter to make sure that the F1000 fuse on the Battery board is not blown. If the fuse is not blown, go to Check 4. If the fuse is blown, replace the Battery board with a new one following the instructions in Chapter 4.
Check 4
Make sure that the Battery board cables are firmly connected to PJ8820 and PJ8821 on the System board and to PJ1000 and PJ1001 on the battery board. If they are connected firmly, go to Check 5.
Check 5
The Battery board or System board may be damaged. Replace it with a new one following the instructions in Chapter 4.

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Answer:Satellite 5100 - Error code: 4 short flasher, 1 long, 3 shorts

Thanks for you comment but I really wonder how did you find out what the error code means???
The Satellite 5100 was delivered with Toshiba BIOS!
Please note that different BIOS provide different error codes.
That means that the error code 10h means on Phoenix BIOS something different as on Toshiba BIOS!

I recommend contacting the ASP in your country and ask for the error code details.

PS: A friend of mine did the same. The glass of coke shakes out on the keyboard and the notebook went dead.
Bad news dude... the motherboard was replaced.

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my notebook enter to BIOS and say me "Intel(R) Boot Agent Version 4.1.03 Copyright (C) 1997-2002, Intel Corporation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, chek cable
PXE-B0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
Insert system disk in drive.
Press any key when ready..."

and I started instal windows he say me "hard disk out of work...."

Help me please

Answer:HDD failed on Satellite 5100-603 - PXE-E61: Media test failure, chek cable


Sorry but I don't understand what kind of help you want. If the HDD is defective you must exchange it.
By the way, which notebook model do you have?

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I have a Satellite 5100-501 which uses the NVIDIA GeForce 440 Go display adaptor.

Without changing any settings, the display stopped working about two weeks ago. Many other users have had the same problem (see, but nobody has yet been able to explain nor fix the problem. The best that can be done is to disable the driver, which means that the "suspend" function on the laptop no longer works, and leaves me with interference on the screen.

One theory is that a Windows Update has caused the problem. Reinstalling any number of drivers (including those recommended by NVIDIA and Toshiba) doesn't work.

This is a very irritating problem... can anyone help?


Answer:Satellite 5100 display adaptor suddenly malfunctions with NVIDIA GeForce

This seems to be a general problem with this line of Satellites.

Check this thread:

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Hi all,

I hope someone can help with this problem. I recently bought a PCMCIA card with additional USB ports for my Satellite L30-10y laptop. It runs on Vista basic, anyhow I pushed the card into the slot and let windows load the drivers, problem is it will not load them; I get an error message saying that the MDT-0002 device did not load.

Is this a Vista problem or Toshiba thing?
Thanks for any help on this one
Regards Ciaran

Answer:PCMCIA card will not install on Satellite L30-10y


I doubt that this could be a Toshiba issue.
I googled a little bit for this MDT-0002 device error and this error appears using some PCMCIA cards on different notebooks from different manufacturers running Vista OS.
Someone said that the Pcmcia.sys (PCMCIA driver) must be updated.

I would also recommend contacting the PCMCIA card manufacturer support to get more details about some issues with Vista OS.


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Does anyone knows if there is in the market PCMCI VGA adapter with later chipset than nvidia geforce 460 go to upgrade my Satelite 1950-801 (with nvidia geforce 460go)?

Thanx in advance

Answer:Question about PCMCIA VGA for Satellite 1950-801

Unfortuantely the best Pcmcia adpater your going to get for PCMCIA is about 4mb video memory. This is because the size and heat all become issues and could not fit into a PCMCIA card.

Sorry, there isn't much you can do.

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I have new L300 and cannot insert PCMCIA cards. Someone told me that the new PCI slot does not accommodate those cards. Can someone tell me if there is an adaptor that can be bought?



Answer:Satellite L300 PCMCIA cards don't fit. What can one do?


You ask what you can do?

The notebook supports the ExpressCard slot and you could insert only PC cards which are supported.
You can search for details in user manual what kinds of card are supported.

By the way; I doubt an adapter would be helpful because such adapters are not known to me..

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I recently purchased a PCMCIA wireless card for my Satellite A300-177 laptop and when i went to fit it found out that they use the express card now.

Just wondering would this converter fit
I know this might seem a bit obivous but with companies nowadays you never know if the conections are the same even though they share the same name.

Answer:How can I use PCMCIA card in Satellite A300-177?


Is your notebook delivered without WLAN card or you want to use faster WLAN card?

The adapter compatibility can confirm the manufacturer itself. They must offer specification for own product.

Anyway, I think your notebook has WLAN on board and I don't see the reason to have this big additional part. Sorry but it looks awesome for me. I can understand you must to have it because the notebook is without WLAN but .... I don't know.

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I lost my original disks for my M40 so bought a copy of Vista to install on my computer, when I first installed it the computer would not start up so I looked on the internet and it seems there is a conflict with the PCMCIA drivers and Vista. I followed the advice on the forum and managed to get vista to load by deleting all the files relating to the PCMCIA drivers.

Vista now loads but I am unable to find update drivers to get the PCMCIA slot running. I use this port for my wireless internet has the internal one was very slow with my router. I?ve tried downloading the drivers from Toshiba but there is no Vista ones. I?ve reinstalled the originals but they still don?t work although Vista now loads. Does anyone know of a solution to my problem?

Thanks Steve

Answer:Satellite M40-225 and Vista PCMCIA driver


First of all the M4 I don?t understand why there is a conflict between the PCMCIA drivers and Vista!
The drivers are included in the Vista OS so how did you remove such drivers and how did you install the Vista on this notebook?

Furthermore the notebook supports the PC card slot and you can use the PCMCIA R2.01, PC Card 16(multi-function card) and PCMCIA 32bit cards. The BIOS controls this slot.

Maybe you have to update the BIOS before you will install the Vista on this unit!!!

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Dear All,

I try boot from PCMCIA-CD ROM because my DVD ROM is not working. After press the power and press F12, I choose PCMCIA but nothing happen. should I change something in the BIOS first?

My laptop is Satellite 2400.

thank you...

Answer:Satellite 2400: How to boot from PCMCIA-CD ROM?


I have found this Toshiba FAQ document about the booting form the PCMCIA drive.
This article describes a booting on a Prot?g? unit but it?s useful and you should check it.

Furthermore you can check in the BIOS the option ?PC card?. Try to change the controller mode to ?PCIC Compatible? or ?CardBus/16 bit? and try to boot from the PCMCIA card again.
To change these settings you have to change firstly the ?Device Config? to ?All devices?

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I am using a Toshiba Pro L300 laptop downgraded from Vista to XP.

This is equipped with an Express Card Reader. I need to be able to use a PCMCIA reader to burn software onto flash cards. I got 2 X Express Card to PCMCIA convertors from Internet but they will not read flash card. The laptop seems to recognize convertor but not the flash card. Is there such a thing as a USB to PCMCIA reader.

I think the problem with the two i purchased is that they are for 32 bit cards and mine is a 16 bit card.
The card is manufactured by M-Systems.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:Satellite Pro L300 - PCMCIA adaptor

Yes they are available, search for "USB to PCMCIA Adapter"

Here's one I found:

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Hope someone can help. Girl friend was a little careless and broke the PCMCIA eject button off when putting her Satellite A30 away.

Can't get a card to go into the slot anymore so it looks like a replacement is needed.

So the question is how do I go about replacing the PCMCIA mechanism? I tried removing all the cover screws but there must be some well hidden fixings as I couldn't get the casing off to expose it.

Any suggestions for where I could source a replacement part in the UK? Likely cost?


Answer:PCMCIA slot broken Satellite A30

It?s very pity to hear that.
The PCMCIA slot is ?hidden? inside the notebook and it?s not easy to replace it for someone without any experience.
So I think you should really ask someone with more notebook experience for fixing.

It?s a little bit risky to change anything on the motherboard and you know a common user like me or you could damage something.

Therefore contact a ASP in your country or an notebook service point and ask for the costs. Don?t think it?s much expensive.

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I have been given a TOSHIBA Satellite 1730 CDT computer ; it is impossible to read an USB key or a external storage harddisc (excuse my english, I am French and do not know all the specific terms in data processing) the system does not recognize the material

What have I to do ? the computer is dating from 2003
Furthermore, would you please be kind enough to tell me where I can buy PCMCIA card for this kind of equipment ?
Thank you very much for your help


Answer:PCMCIA card for Satellite 1730CDT needed


According to this page the Toshiba Satellite 1730CDTsupports the PC Card Slots: 2 Type II or 1 Type III CardBus PC Card slots

I recommend searching in internet for some online stores which provide a PCMCIA card Type II (16bit) or Type III CardBus PC Card (32bit).

According to your USB issue:
I recommend reinstalling the chipset driver for this notebook.
The chipset controls the USB ports so usually the driver installation should help.

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I recently picked a A200-1A9 from London and currently using it in India. And i realise that i cannot use my wireless PCMCIA card from the mobile operators for the internet connectivity.

There is no option for the card to slide in.
Am i missing something? Or is this a simple matter of not_ enough_search_before_buy scenario? Help.

Answer:PCMCIA Card Connectivity on a Satellite A200-1A9


If you don?t see any PCMCIA slots then there is no slot present!!!
Very simply? ;)

?.. but you are right. This notebook series does not support PCMCIA slot. There should be only a slot for the express cards.

Sorry but there is nothing to do!

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Hi all,

I have an old SP 4360.
Does anyone know if a BIOS upgrade to 2.70 will allow me booting off a SSD inserted into the Cardbus pc card slot?
Right know the Bios only recognizes DVD, HDD and FLOPPY as boot devices.

Second issue:
I have confllicting info about max. RAM size. Some sources say 320mb max while the (online) manual states 576mb max. Someone know if 576mb is really supported?

Answer:Satellite Pro 4360 - Booting from SSD via Cardbus (PCMCIA) possible?


Please check this threads:

Please note that memory upgrade depends on the notebook?s chipset.
You can check the chipset of the Sat Pro 4360 notebook and could search for details on the Intel page (I assume it?s Intel chipset).

Regarding booting from SSD;
I doubt a BIOS update would allows booting from external SSD? usually such old notebook were able to boot from CD, HDD or FDD only?

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The express card cannot be found. Please help. In device manager there is no adapter found.

Answer:PCMCIA adapter missing on Satellite Pro U400-130


Which Toshiba notebook do you have exactly?

I think the best way is to reinstall Windows with the recovery disk and make a BIOS update if a new version is available.


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Answer:Windows 98 SE ON Satellite 4060XCDT - PCMCIA problems

Oh man this notebook is 12 years old.

Which adapter? AC adapter? Safety? What are you writing about?
Is this notebook preinstalled with Toshiba recovery disc or you have installed OS on your own?
Have you installed all drivers from Toshiba download page?

I have checked Toshiba page and Win98 drivers are available?

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The PCMCIA Controller on my Satellite A100-326 laptop is from Texas instruments but I can't find the exact model or the Toshiba drivers for it.
It says the driver is from Microsoft. I would like to try the one from texas.

I'm trying this because I bought a PCMCIA - parallel card and I must change the port address for the lpt1, because I have software that writes to the physical address of 0378 of the lpt1 port.

Since vista doesn't let me do this, I thought about use vmware but when I try to install the PCMCIA card it asks for drivers I don't have...

Thank you


Answer:Satellite A100 - Which drivershould I install for PCMCIA?


Separate driver for PCMCIA slot does not exist and if you install right chipset driver the port should work properly and be ready for use. That also means that PCMCIA entries in device manager should be listed as ?properly installed?. That?s the fact.

So if you have bought some PCMCIA card and can not use it, please be sure you have right driver for this card and for any further problem contact PCMCIA card manufacturer.

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Hi guys. One question.

In a Toshiba Satellite M40X-105 which has a Type II pcmcia card slot, will this wireless card ZYXEL Wireless Lan Card G-170S 802.11g CardBus, work? CardBus card is only compatible with type II 32bit card slots right?

Does the laptop have a 32 or 16 bit card? Thanks

Answer:Satellite M40x-105 - PCMCIA wireless LAN card


Generally speaking I don?t see a reason why it should not work? PCMCIA slot = PC card slot.
Only express cards don?t work because express card is the successor of PCMCIA.

Alternative you can buy an USB stick with WLAN functionality if you prefer this way. ;)

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Does my laptop,TOSHIBA Satelllite 4260 support PCMCIA II 32 bit cards? Because i bought a cardbus USB 2.0 and its not working now. Its is 32 bit RCMCIA card.

Please help! Thanks

Answer:Satellite 4260- Does it support PCMCIA II 32 bit cards?


you can check it by yourself when you go to the BIOS with pressing ESC after start up. Then go to PCMCIA and look if you see CARDBUS or change it to CARDBUS


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Good day all,

I have an old Old Toshiba Satellite Pro 460CDX that belongs to my dad and bought him a DLink 32bit PCMCIA LAN card (model# DFE-690TXD), the laptop won't recognize it. After speeking with DLink and Toshiba, I got several suggestions, none have worked. I upgraded the BIOS and Win95 with the available downloads from Toshiba's support section. They think that the laptop doesn't support 32bit., but they were not positive.

Is there something anyone knows that I can try ?

I heard that there some 3rd party software that might do the trick ...

Thanks to all.

Answer:Old Toshiba Satellite Pro 460CDX + 32bit PCMCIA ?

sorry i think all the 4XX series are 16 bit PCMCIA only. i have a 440CDX

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Dear Sir/madam,

This Toshiba notebook has 1.0 USB ports. (Bought Jan 2002)
To enhance this notebook with 2 USB ports 2.0 I bought a Trust PCMCIA card(2 port USB2 Hub with NEC chipset)
I did not manage to operate the card.

The same card performs excellent plug an play on my 2nd Toshiba notebook M40 series

I experieced 4 months ago the same trouble with a wireless adapter in the same slot.

There is something wrong with the slot on the right side of the computer.

Please advise


Answer:Satellite 3000-504: PCMCIA card does not work


did you installed all chipset drivers properly? Usually the PCMCIA bridge gets it driver automatically from windows, but I guess that there mut be some additional drivers be installed.
Check the [Drivers Download site|]
from the Toshiba website and check for some driver updates or drivers you don?t have installed.

Another good idea would be to update your BIOS if not already did and set everything to default. Maybe theres just some false setting..

Would appreciate to hear some feedback from you regarding your problem...


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knows someone if PCMCIA card, for example WG511T from Netgear will work on Toshiba Satellite PRO U200 ?
This notebook seems to have a PCMCIA slot.
I know, that I have already a wlan card installed on this notebook, but this card is not supported by linux.

kind regards

Answer:Does Satellite Pro U200 support PCMCIA cards?

Hi there,

yes the machine supports a PCMCIA-slot on the left side of the machine. So you will be able to put that wireless card into your machine to use it under Linux.


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OK i have a problem with my Satellite Pro A120's (xp service pack 2) cardbus.

I use the cardbus slot to add firewire conections via a IEEE 1394 cardbus card and have been doing this a long time. The other night my comp went into hibernate with the card still in the slot and still in use and when i tried to use it the next day the card was not working at all.
So i thought the had died on me and brought another one, this one to be exact [] .

When i plug the new card into the slot windows starts the installation add new hardware thing but does not find the driver, there is none on the provided CD and it does not conect to windows update to find one ethier. So the new card does not work and does not get installed, it just shows up with ! next to pci device.

I have looked everywhere on the internet to find the driver, read the manual etc.I even did a fresh install of windows so it might find the drivers but nope.
The only thing i can think of is the slot does not except 32 bit cardbus but in my manual it says this:

"The computer is equipted with a pc card slot that can accomedate a type II card. Any pc card that meets industry standards can be installed. The slot supports 16 bit pc cards, including pc cards 16 multifunction card and cardbus pc cards. Cardbus supports a new standard of 32 bit pc cards."

Any help please


Answer:Satellite Pro A120 - Cannot get the PCMCIA card to work

Sorry for bumping but i really need some help here. I have also found out my old card was 32-bit too so thats not the problem.

I just can't find the drivers anywhere!

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Hi, i have a toshiba satellite 1900 303 without usb2.0 ports, and i have tested 6 pcmcia to usb2.0 cards of 5 different manufacturers (inves, iconnex, sunix, conceptronic and a self-powered belkin) and the pc without exception freezes until i remove the card from slot. It happens when i go into an external HD or a pendrive, both directly connected to the card. However, i have been able to transfer all photos in my digital camera (30) to the laptop.

I would desire somebody told if he has managed to make working a pcmcia to usb2.0 card in that model or similar and how, or otherwise shared his experience for not loosing more time with that, with things like formatting the pc or others. I am far of being an expert in computing but i suspect there is no real certainty about this matter, hope i am wrong.

Thanks for looking

Answer:Can PCMCIA-USB2.0 work in Satellite 1900-303 ?

I have the Adaptec AUA-1422 adpter in my Satellite 1805-S204. It works great. It has firewire and USB 2.0. I understand Adaptec uses the NEC chipset.

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I have a Satellite Pro 6100 with USB 1.1 and I would like to install a pc card in the side slot that will act as a 2.0 USB / Firewire conector to increase speed, when using USB. My question is can this be done with the 6100 series? will the card act as a seperate USB at 2.0 speed while others (oem) stay at 1.1.
If this is ok does anyone know name and type of pc card to use?
I am running windows xp!
thsnks, Rick

Answer:2.0 USB and Firewire PCMCIA card for Satellite Pro 6100


As far I know it?s possible to use 2 x PCMCIA cards Type II and 1 x PCMCIA card Type III. Furthermore the PCMCIA port supports 16 and 32 bit cards.
You can use the USB 2.0 + FireWire 1394 Combo PCMCIA Card like this one:

Of course you can also try to use another one.


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Hello all.
Could anybody please inform me what is the power of the pc card slot?
I have bought a card that needs 1amp and it doesn?t work.
I don know if the power is enough or the card is defective.

Answer:What power supports PCMCIA slot on Satellite M40-184?

Sorry I forgot to mention the model
Satellite M40 184 GE

Thanks again

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Hello, I have a Satellite P100-188. I recenly purchased a 3G Data card from T-Mobile. The card is a fusion made by Option technologies. No matter what I do I cannot get the laptop to recognise the card. I have tried the card in another machine and it works fine.........Any ideas?...... Rich

Answer:PCMCIA card not recognised on Satellite P100


Try to change some settings in the BIOS.
In the configuration area you can set the option ?device config? to ALL Devices.
Furthermore in the area ?PC card? you can try to change the option to PCIC compatible or CardBus/ 16-bit.

Play around with these settings and check if one of this will enable the card.

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Hi there

I have an SPA40 and it appears that the PCMCIA slot has stopped working.
I had a Netgear WN511b wireless network adapter plugged into and working fine.
Came back to the laptop after a couple of hours and everything had frozen up. Rebotted and got a *IDE 1 error* and since then the card has not worked.

I have tested the card in another laptop and it seems to function fine and therefore assume the slot has become faulty. I have looked at the device manger and everything appears t be working fine.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what I could try to solve this problem.

Many thanks, in anticipation.


Answer:PCMCIA slot has stopped working on Satellite Pro A40


I wonder about the error message.
The error message IDE #1 says that the device connected to IDE #1 controller has not been recognized by BIOS.
In most cases the CD/DVD drive is connected to such IDE controller and therefore your CD/DVD drive should not be recognized.

In your case I would recommend accessing the BIOS and then to set the BIOS settings back to default.

But I?m not quite sure if this would help you because in most cases such issue appears due to a hardware problem?. And in most cases the affected hardware part must be replaced.


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I have problems with my pcmcia compact flash adapter. The actual speed of reading is only 700kb\sec. That is very slow.

How can I speed it up?

Answer:Pcmcia read speed with Satellite U-series

Hi eugene,

try to reinstall the drivers for the chipset of your machine and the drivers for the adapter (if some are available, must not be!!!).

Otherwise try a another PCMCIA/Cardbus card where you can measure the speed. If the speed is the same after reinstalling all drivers and so, then try a biosupdate.
Btw, you can make the biosupdate regardless if you try the adapter or something else.

Good luck


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Hello !!
Can someone please help me,?? I've got problems with my Wireless PCMCIA adapter. The computer wont seem to find it at all. I'm running Windows XP. I've tried with other cards too, but nothing happens. Is there any drivers I need to fix the compatibility problem or something.
Please help me !!
Thanks !!

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Answer:Satellite Pro 4300 - PCMCIA wireless card not recognised


First of all please check the device manager if the PCMCIA device was installed properly.
Did you see some of yellow exclamations mark?

The second possibility is to enter the BIOS. There try to change the device configuration to ?all devices? and the controller mode to PCIC compatible.


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Booted up my notebook and am getting a Vista found new hardware screen looking for the drivers for a "PCMCIA MTD-002" device. Have no idea what this is...but I am certain that I haven't used the PCMCIA slot since I got the computer. Any ideas?



Answer:Satellite U200-115: Vista found new device - PCMCIA MTD-002


Satellite U200 is known to me but I didn?t try to install Vista on this notebook. Have you installed all listed drivers on Toshiba download page for Vista?

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My grand daughter has broken the USB ports by leaving the dongle in and bumping it as she carried the laptop around.
I was advised to buy a Belkin USB 2.0 notebook card and slide it into the slot on the side of the laptop but it did not seem to fit.
I am a computer novice and would welcome any help however basic.


Answer:Satellite L300-1DN: brocken USB ports - USB PCMCIA card does not fit


Satellite L300-1DN has been equipped with the EXPRESS CARD slot.
You can use ExpressCard/54.

Take a look here on Wikipedia page:


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I have a Satellite A210-128 Notebook.

The product specifications (Toshiba Homepage + handbook) say it has an
"*Express Card*" - Slot

But "Everest" tells me I have a "TI PCI84x2 (Typ: *PC Card (PCMCIA)*, 32-bit)

*What I really have PC-Card or ExpressCard (which version?) ?*


Background: I am thinking to buy a USB3.0-Extension card...but I guess it would only possible for a real Express-Card-Slot, and no "PC-Card (PCMCIA)....

Any hints, what is correct, would be nice!
Thanks a lot,


Answer:Satellite A210-128: PCMCIA (PC-Card) or ExpressCard (54mm)??


The notebook supports the EXPRESS CARD slot.
I assume you are able to use 16bit and 32bit (called CardBus)
The slot allows you to use 34mm and 54mm cards and the max data transmission should be 2.5Gbps

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I have a Satellite 1110 (Bios-Level 1.2) and wanted to install a Trust 3 Port USB 2.0 Cardbus adapter .

The problem is that the system freezes totaly and nothing is going on when the card is inserted.

I'm still searching how to change IRQ setting but can't find a solution.

A problem is that I can't upgrade the Bios to 1.5 because my diskette drive is broken is not working. -> Is there a possiblity to bring inthe Bios 1.5 without Diskette ?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Satellite 1110: PCMCIA USB2.0 install freeze

Hi there,

Try for a BIOS download at your country's Toshiba Computer web site. Mine is at:

It should work OK that way, but I don't think that is your original problem. Be careful you could end up with a broken computer. Perhaps you should email your service provider for help.

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I have a M45-S351. My PCMCIA slot doesn't work.
When I go into the device manager there are problems with the System Interrupt controller, SD slot & some unknown PCI device.
Windows cannot locate the drivers.

I downloaded every driver from Toshiba's web site.

I still get these problems.
I even did a complete system restore. Still these problems come back. Does anyone have any idea what is the cause or how to fix?

Thank you in advance!


Answer:Satellite M45-S351- PCMCIA slot doesn't work

If you have ran Recovery to reinstall Windows back to its factory state, and you have installed the latest BIOS, then its likely to be a hardware problem. Perhaps the Southbridge on the mainboard has failed.

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Hi everyone,

I have 2 Satellite Pro 4340, running Win2K, SP4. I purchased a PCMCIA Networkcard 10/100MB from Ultron (more or less no name :-) )

When inserting the card, Win2k recognizes the card but when the I plug the Network cable to it, it doesn't recognise the connection. Cable is fine. It appears that there is no power on the PCMCIA card. I read in some forums there is a problem with the driver Topic100 Card Bus and the voltage. I can find that lots of people have the problem but no where to find the driver to fix the problem :-/ On the toshiba support site I could not find such a driver. A

nyone have an idea, or better a link where I can download this driver? Any help is appreciated and thanks in advance for your help support and replies.

Answer:PCMCIA card does not recognize Lan connection on Satellite Pro 4340

If this card needs some driver you will not find it on notebook manufacturer download page. You must check card producer site.

Like you know in the world of computers there are defined different standards. Very often cheap products are not designed for those standards and you can have different problems. I recommend you to use high quality product.

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