Hi, so I think I have about reached my knowledge capacity here and need expert help!
My Toshiba Satellite p850-138 laptop completely died on me and wouldn't boot, so I bought a Windows 7 Home Premium recovery DVD and rebooted my laptop from scratch - this all went fine, and now I can boot my laptop and run Windows 7 - but I have lots of issues.
Firstly I noticed I was unable to connect to the internet, the issue being that the system is adamantly unable to detect any networks ever. I troubleshooted this and realised I was missing a network adaptor & ethernet controller driver. This also brought my attention to many other issues with the laptop (screen resolution was a bit off, certain programs that require a graphics card driver wouldn't work, USB ports having issues) and I realised my system was now lacking LOADS of drivers!!
So I got online on my friend's laptop, downloaded from Toshiba what I understood to be all the correct drivers to fix these problems. I put them on a USB, transferred them to my laptop and installed them all. OK... but no not really, a few drivers appear to be taking effect, a lot don't. My main issue is that I installed a network adaptor driver and ethernet controller driver and STILL my laptop won't recognise ANY WIFI networks, so I can't connect it to the internet. This is the biggest issue for me, I need to be able to connect to the internet. Before when I troubleshooted the error I got was please install network adaptor driver/ethernet driver, but now the error I get is: "Plug an ethernet cable into this computer" OK, I can go out and buy an ethernet cable if I have to, but it's highly inconvenient as I will have to always place my laptop next to the router and still won't be able to connect to outside WIFI networks... AND I never needed to use an ethernet cable before to connect my laptop to the internet. If I can fix the internet problem I can probably work out the rest, but the internet is a HUGE problem for me and really hindering me in my work. (Graphic & Web Designer) For now I am borrowing a friend's old laptop, but it's in Korean and very basic and in no way a permanent fix - I want my laptop back!!