First off... my computer is a Dell. Which sucks because you CAN NOT refill the ink cartridges and have to CONSTANTLY buy new ink, which is NOT cheap mind you. Also... Dell computers will ONLY work with Dell products, which sucks even MORE. I really wish my parents had obtained more information, and shopped around before they bought the first thing that they saw in a magazine (which is pretty much what they did.) Unfortunately... I CAN NOT start over and buy new computers (because we have TWO computers that are Dells) because my parents are in trouble financial wise and I'm not rich either. Look... I TRIED to look for a job, okay? I really did. Guess what? Uh huh... I COULDN'T FIND ONE AND NO ONE IS CALLING ME. SO FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T TELL ME TO GET A JOB BECAUSE I'VE LOOKED FOR ONE.
Anyway... on to the problem itself. Sometimes when I start the computer, Windows will come up and say "Dell WLAN card has stopped responding and was closed." Then... it will search for a solution, find a solution, and on the detail of the problem it says it has "stopped functioning properly" pretty much. I tried updating to a newer version of the WLAN card from Dell's site and it won't let me install in because I got an error code when I tried to install it. I also tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it from a CD that came with our computer and that didn't work either. Dell refuses to help me solve it either without extending our warranty (because the warranty on BOTH of our computers has expired) and according to my mom "We broke our contract with Dell." Also... we are apparently STILL paying for the computer that I am currently having problems with because we've been getting calls the last couple of days from debt collectors.
Also... the speed on the Dell WLAN card will go all over the place. It will go from 54 Mbps to 36 Mbps to 48 Mbps to 24 Mbps to 18 Mbps to 11 Mbps and I've even seen it go down all the way to 1.0 Mbps to 5.5 Mbps. WTF?! Also... sometimes the signal isn't the best either, On average the signal I get on the this computer is "Good" or "Low." UGH!!!!!!!! I honestly have NO IDEA what's going on with it and I don't know how to solve this problem.
It all started with the icon on the lower right hand side of the computer have a large red "X" on it after I tried to use a program to spoof my MAC address that I seemed to think I solved by doing a Windows "System Restore" yet that didn't seem to solve the problem and may be causing my current problems but I'm not sure. Oh, and the current OS I am using is Windows Vista.
I'm REALLY tired of this and I've stopped using it recently, but, as you can see, I can get on the internet fine. Also... this problem doesn't happen EVERY time I start the computer, only occasionally or every once in a while will it do this.
Yeah... I have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER what the problem is.
So... think anyone can help me solve these problems ONCE AND FOR ALL?
I didn't think so... I'm ALWAYS screwed it seems... *sighs* I can't believe making a simple mistake like that can just screw EVERYTHING up. I don't understand that AT ALL...
Edited by boopme, 08 May 2010 - 09:51 AM.
Moved from Vista to Networking~~boopme