Why is my wireless disconnecting on my Windows 2000 pc?
April 13, 2004 2:15 PM Subscribe
Problem with a wireless card on Windows 2000. The manufacturers and Google have been no help. Ask Metafilter will solve it though, won't you...? [more inside, of course]
posted by humuhumu to computers & internet (7 answers total)
I have a small desk downstairs on which sits a laptop. It doesn't move much. Until this weekend, it was an old Acer running Windows 98. Plugged into this was a Netgear MA521 Cardbus wireless card, which linked up perfectly with a Linksys router two floors up in the attic. Never had a single connection problem with it, signal strength always around at least 70%.
This weekend, I replaced the laptop with a slightly younger Sony Vaio. That was running Windows 98 but not very well, so I did a clean install of Windows 2000. Wireless card was installed and ran perfectly. Until, that is, I installed the relevant Windows Updates. Now, the connection drops every few minutes. There it goes again, in fact. There's no warning; no drop in signal strength; and the connection is picked up again almost immediately - as soon as the connection goes, the card scans through the channels until it finds the right one, and instantly connects. Downtime is no more than fifteen seconds. But it's intermittent, happens more often when I'm surfing then when I'm not, and is bugging the hell out of me. I can't find anyone else who's suffered this, and I don't know if it's card related, OS related, or laptop related.
Can anyone shed some light on what the problem is, or how I might solve it? All drivers, etc, are up to date.