Laptop Dropping Connection

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Laptop Dropping Connection

Postby Pette Broad » Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:43 pm

I've got this Laptop with Vista SP1 on it that drops its connection every so often anywhere from 8 hours to 24 hours usually. My other Laptop with XP SP2 never drops its connection. The only way I can get the connection back is to reboot the laptop, if you double click on the network icon on the task bar it says no networks found. I disabled the onboard wireless and bought a USB wifi connector but that does exactly the same thing. I can get it to run a bit longer by enabling the onboard Wifi and when that loses its connection plug the USB stick in, gives me few more hours. The signal strength is excellent, its only 6 feet away from the router. The reliable laptop is about 10 feet away. Is this a Vista problem or should I be looking at something else?

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Postby Mr T » Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:58 am

I would suggest a Vista problem if you have tried two different wifi cards with the same result... I bet it is a cache or temp file/folder that fill and isn't deleted or renewed... Things I would try...

1) Disk cleanup, scan disk and defrag...
2) Clear your internet cache in IE...
3) do a windows update and update the wifi card driver inbuilt on the laptop if you can...
4) Disable the power control over the wifi card within windows...
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Postby Copper » Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:01 am

Mr T wrote:I would suggest a Vista problem if you have tried two different wifi cards with the same result...



4) Disable the power control over the wifi card within windows...



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Postby Pette Broad » Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:42 am

Thanks....like Copper I like the sound of #4 :) . Will get to it once the wife finishes her EBaying.

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Postby Pette Broad » Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:30 am

That looks to have fixed it, running for 48 hours without dropping connection now. :)


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