Probably yes. I presume you know that notebooks have limited upgrade possibilities and such upgrades are not support at all. In case that you are not happy with built in WLAN card solution is usage of external devices like USB WLAN cards.
All preinstalled software is also designed to work with original hardware components. It is not easy to help in this case.
I’m also wondering how do you can just buy some WLAN card and exchange it. I mean before doing this, it is important to check if such upgrade can be done or not.
Let’s see if someone else has some good suggestion what you can do to make it work.
Actually on this L500 I am posting (the one in question) the motherboard packed up. Before it packed up blue screens and freezing happened. I sent it back under warranty. Toshiba sent it backwards and forwards twice. But said it was software problems. 3 months out of warranty the motheroard was officially dead
I bought 2 motherboard (from the USA and I live in SA.) Then I checked, PCIe Mini (full -> not half) did the preparation)
It doesn't seem like a compatibility issue apart from the way you must "switch it on", but since the L500-1UG doesn't have a wifi button I ama bit snookered and the Fn-F8 is not enabled. Meaning there is a check beforehand which is being overlooked, hopefully Toshiba can say what it is.
If it is not compatible does Toshiba have a PCIe Mini with bluetooth and and 802.11n WLAN? I want it built in. Not external USB.