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Wireless Network Connection Keeps Dropping


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#1 computingelite

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 08:31 AM

Hi all,

I'm at my wit's end with this one. I've got a laptop and a PC and can connect to the wireless network with the laptop and the connection is stable. However, if I plug the usb adapter in my PC the connection drops after a few seconds. It's not a signal issue as I'm sat right next to my PC now, with the laptop. I've got the same firewall installed on both machines etc. and the network properties are the same. Anyone any ideas? Any help would be much appreciated.

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 06:22 PM

Lots of people seem to have problems with USB/wireless adaptors. I haven't read an explanation for this yet, the solution seems to be replace it with an internal PCI wireless card.

If you want a more specific examination of your problem give some details (make and model plus any configuration settings, signal strength, etc.) of the USB, desktop, router and laptop.

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Posted 29 March 2006 - 06:50 PM

You could delete your USB bus from the Device Manager and let Windows re-install at boot. This may clear up marginal issues with your USB, that Windows may not be detecting.
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Posted 30 March 2006 - 05:45 AM

I've formatted my hard drive and reinstalled windows on the PC. The connection still drops. Yet it is still fine when I use the USB adapter on the laptop.

My PC is an Abit IC7 Max 3 @ 2.8 Ghz (not overclocked) - the bios is at default settings. I'm using a WDC hdd for now. The USB adapter is an Edimax USB 2.0 on the ZD1211 Chipset.

I'm running XP Corp on the PC and XP Pro on the laptop, but I don't think that should make a difference. They're both running service pack 2. They were both installed the same way as well.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 07:48 AM

You may have a faulty USB port/chipset on that computer. I am sure there is diagnostic software to test it just like testing a serial or parrelell port, but I do not know what it would be. May be on of the members wwho s a professional PC tech could respond. Or you could buy an after market addon USB card. Personally I do not like or trust USB. PCI for desktops or PCIMICA for noteboks is a better solution.
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Posted 30 March 2006 - 08:00 AM

You may have a faulty USB port/chipset on that computer. I am sure there is diagnostic software to test it just like testing a serial or parrelell port, but I do not know what it would be. May be on of the members wwho s a professional PC tech could respond. Or you could buy an after market addon USB card. Personally I do not like or trust USB. PCI for desktops or PCIMICA for noteboks is a better solution.



The thought had crossed my mind but I have a mouse and keyboard plugged into my USB ports and they run fine, as does anything else I plug into it (printer/webcam/phone etc.)

But you're absolutely right, I'm beginning to understand the perils of USB, I think I may have to invest in a Wireless PCI Card.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 08:24 AM

The thought had crossed my mind but I have a mouse and keyboard plugged into my USB ports and they run fine, as does anything else I plug into it (printer/webcam/phone etc.)

But you're absolutely right, I'm beginning to understand the perils of USB, I think I may have to invest in a Wireless PCI Card.

There are two types of USB devices. Powered and unpowered. The power load on the NIC may such that it stops working until it is reset. If you have a powered USB hub you may want ot plug into it to see it it makes a difference. The USB hub may have a more stable power source. If you have to purchase one I would rather see you purcase a PCI NIC.
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