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Problems with Intel(R) PRO/Wireless LAN 2100 3A Mini PCI Adapter

PaulJC84 Sep 12, 2005

  1. PaulJC84

    PaulJC84 Owner

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    Hi i have a Dell laptop and it has wireless centrino.

    It was working fine for months, then at uni it started not being able to log onto the network and the uni tried everything they could at their end to sort it. They said it must have been my wireless software.

    Now over the last couple of weeks it has started disconnecting and reconnecting to my home network.

    Its is so annoying especially when on msn.

    I wonder if anyone has any suggestions or knows a good pc forum with may be able to help.

    Or perhaps how i could update or reload the software

    Cheers.
     
  2. Are you getting a good signal strength showing while it is working, or is it showing as weak all the time?

    We had a Tosh laptop where the antenna cable had unclipped partially from the internal wireless module, giving a poor signal and many disconnections.. couldnt hurt to have a look!
     
  3. PaulJC84

    PaulJC84 Owner

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    its at either very good or excellent when in use.

    Cheers though.
     
  4. CJ A4

    CJ A4 Active Member

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    Have your uni updated the firmware on their wireless Routers? Have you got the latest drivers from Dell for the wireless on your laptop? Maybe a possible hardware failure...have you tried another wireless card on your laptop to see if you get the same results?

    If you have tried all what i have suggested and still no joy then maybe drop a line to these guys. http://www.experts-exchange.com/

    Good luck mate
     
  5. dickys3

    dickys3 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    I have the same card and had the same problems with it!

    Turned out it was trying to access other access points in my area automatically. I changed the prefs to say only connect to my access point and the problem has gone away!

    This is using the same card in my Dell inpiron 510m...

    Hope this helps.
     
  6. PaulJC84

    PaulJC84 Owner

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    Is this the box which has:-
    Any availiable network
    Access points only
    Computer to computer

    And the box - Automatically connect to non prefered networks

    Cheers.
     
  7. dickys3

    dickys3 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    yeah think so... IIRC you can click on your access point and say it is the preferred one... Can't check now as I'm in work...

    You could also have a look on dells site or google it...
     
  8. sash

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    you could also download a free program called netstumbler, it will show you in realtime how many wireless networks are in your area, signal strengths etc. Its great for debugging wireless issues, especially if you have a laptop.
    If it used to work and all of a sudden started playing around, then something may be causing interference such as microwaves, 2.4Ghz cordless phones, other wireless networks or wireless devices (gamepads etc).
     
  9. sash

    sash Member

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    Also, if your laptop has built in wireless but you are using a wireless pcmcia(??) card in the laptop then disable the integrated wireless, it may help.
     

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