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Windows 7: Wireless Adapter Inconsistent at finding networks

05 Dec 2009   #1
polar555

Windows 7
 
 
Wireless Adapter Inconsistent at finding networks

Hi

I've been having a problem for a while now with my wireless adapter. I know it's not the router because all of my roommates are able to use it fine and I usually can't see the connections at school or any public place.

The problem is that most of the time there will be no networks to connect to according to my computer (connection symbol has an x on it), even though there is. I have upgraded from Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit) to Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit). When I first (clean) installed windows 7 it worked fine for 2-3 weeks but now it rarely can find networks and when it does it may only be for 2 minutes.

I've tried reinstalling windows 7 and it works for a few hours and then goes back to not working properly. I've tried reinstalling the drivers not no success and I've tried upgrading to Intel's specific windows 7 64-bit drivers to no improvements. I've called Dell and their limited technical support couldn't help me.

My Wireless adapter is an:
Intel PRO'Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection on a
Dell Inspiron 1520 with a
Broadcom 440x 10/100 integrated controller newtwork adapter


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05 Dec 2009   #2
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Maybe installing the latest driver will help.

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...18212&lang=eng

You might also need to adjust the security settings per these instructions.
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...a-4f2b6b44bb62

Don't forget to tip the scale if I tried to help.
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05 Dec 2009   #3
polar555

Windows 7
 
 

yeah I tried both, neither worked. I'm going to try installing windows 7 32-Bit instead and see if that makes a difference.
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13 Dec 2009   #4
polar555

Windows 7
 
 

So, I tried installing Windows 7 32-Bit, instead of 64-bit. It significantly improved fro a few days but now it's back in the same old funk. I've tried Dell's Drivers, Intel's Drivers and Windows Updating drivers. I'ver tried installing the drivers in vista compatibility, I've tried installing the drivers in Safe Mode. I've tried changing a couple of the services to automatic. I don't understand what is changing between installing Windows 7 and now. I don't think it's Windows Firewall, it seems like there is something on my computer blocking my wireless adapter from finding the networks.
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13 Dec 2009   #5
polar555

Windows 7
 
 

Alright just to update this if anyone has read it. I changed (PCI?) slots for my internal wireless card (Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection) and for now it seems to be working.
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13 Dec 2009   #6
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by polar555 View Post
Alright just to update this if anyone has read it. I changed (PCI?) slots for my internal wireless card (Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection) and for now it seems to be working.
I heard of that working for someone else the other day but I can't remember the specifics about why it worked. I didn't even realize you were using a PCI wireless adaptor.

I think it was a Windows 7 internal pci assignment problem of some sort. Glad you got it figured out and thanks for reporting back.
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13 Dec 2009   #7
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

hi polar555 can i ask how you changed the pci slots for your card, i have an I9400 with wireless N ,when i use wifi i only get 54-86mbs even when the lappy is next to the router, so maybe changing slots may help?
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13 Dec 2009   #8
polar555

Windows 7
 
 

Pebbly I doubt that is your problem. It's kind of a drastic measure if you don't know what you're doing. However, I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 and I just looked up information on how to change my wireless card on Dell's website. The website shows how to take it out step by step and for mine there were two other slots next to the one that the wireless card was originally installed in. So I installed it in one of those the reverse of the way I took it out.
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13 Dec 2009   #9
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

hi polar555, had a look under the wifi cover and there is only 1 slot on my lappy many thanx anyway
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13 Dec 2009   #10
polar555

Windows 7
 
 

I'm now having a slightly different problem. My computer was working fine all day then tonight it starts to randomly freeze for a couple of seconds. After it freezes my bluetooth accessories get disconnected (I have a built in adapter) and then I loose my wireless connection and like before it says there are no networks to connect to. Is this some kind of PCI interference thing? Also when trying to uninstall the router after this in device manager the window goes and grey and isn't responding.
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