well, i wouldnt point my fingers at my wireless card yet.since you reformatted, lol, (BTW, keep the legit version of windows on when you can, just a tip) i would start thinking ISP issues. since at another WIFI hotspot you have seamless net surfing. it sounds kinda sporatic. the city's hotspots, are they in a beta testing phase? have they gave any disclaimers of loss of service? somebody could be messing around with a firewall/proxy server setting, trying to make the public access safer for the more conservative group. this is a guess, as i dont know the skinny on your city's 802.11x access. if you still run into wireless issues regarding surfing, check out a local internet cafe, or library as you have to narrow it down to if it is just home or not. maybe call the ISP (internet service provider) or town's "net" department to find more info out.
sorry i couldnt be more help, the steps listed above would be some of the things i would try first, that way i have more information to make a decision about the issue. after all, we are in the information age!!! lol,
Edited by Snapper, 26 June 2006 - 04:19 PM.