Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Bronze Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    1,424
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Network cards for laptops

    Do PCMCIA cards "go bad"? My daughter said that her laptop will connect to her ISP for about 10 seconds and then it disconnects and the light goes off on her card? She said she was able to connect the last time she used it which was probably a week ago. She isn't addicted as much as some of us. Another bit of information - her modem and router are lit as usual. She has taken her card out of the port and reseated it again with no improvement. She has also tried the "repair" option on her network connection. I wonder if something "blinked" and caused a "misconnection" somewhere along the line and if shutting everything down and rebooting it one by one would be an appropriate thing to do? Hummm, and I've just thought whether she had another system that she could try........I don't remember....

    Anyway, do cards "quit working" after a few years of use?


    "Peace begins with a smile. "-- Mother Teresa

  2. #2
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    10,550
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts

    Re: Network cards for laptops

    PC cards do occasionally fail, but not very often.

    Can she try connecting her laptop to a public WiFi hotspot to test it?

    StuartR

  3. #3
    Bronze Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    1,424
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Network cards for laptops

    Hi StuartR

    I don't think her small town supports any free WiFi spots but I'll ask when I speak with her later. I also want to see if she has another system to try connecting to the web. Thanks for your response. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


    "Peace begins with a smile. "-- Mother Teresa

  4. #4
    Bronze Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    1,424
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Network cards for laptops

    I've just thought whether she had another system that she could try....

    Apparently she did - her hubby has a laptop with a Dell card and it connects just fine.....which is good but.....?
    So now the question may be "what changed for her laptop"?
    She is bringing it here today before she goes to work and I guess I'll see if it can connect wirelessly to my ISP....This may be a headache in the making.


    "Peace begins with a smile. "-- Mother Teresa

  5. #5
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    Renton, Washington, USA
    Posts
    12,560
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts

    Re: Network cards for laptops

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DaveA on 11-Dec-08 06:46. Addet link to BigAl's thread)</P>If you get Windows Secrets, there is a story in todays issue about "Microsoft DHCP bugs make Windows lose networking".

    See
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928152
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233/en-us
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947041/en-us

    Edit see BigAl's post at Windows Secrets Story <post:=747,378>post 747,378</post:>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

  6. #6
    Bronze Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Posts
    1,424
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Network cards for laptops

    Thanks for the links Dave. And yes, I did see Al's post early on this morning! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I forgot to say that her O/S is XP Pro fully updated. I'm sorry I forgot this important part of the history.

    Interestingly, now that I have the laptop in question, I find I can connect to my wireless access with her equipment, without any problems. The connection hasn't dropped and I've been on for about two hours now. So something has to be amiss with her ability to connect at her home. my thought is that, perhaps for some reason, her laptop has decided to try connecting through someone else's wireless access? I will have her check when she gets her laptop home again. It is odd that her hubby can get connected and she can't..... something has changed.

    One thing for sure - her PCMCIA card is working just fine! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    Thanks for all the information shared about this problem. Since it has become a network issue, I'll probably start a new post there if I can't get this resolved for her. And if anyone does have any ideas to add, feel free to do so here for now. I'll refer back to any new suggestions when I enter my new post for more help - if needed! <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>


    "Peace begins with a smile. "-- Mother Teresa

  7. #7
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Posts
    10,550
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts

    Re: Network cards for laptops

    Check what channels each laptop, and the Network Access Point, have been configured to use. These devices will roam to adjacent channels, but they are prone to interference from other people's equipment using the same channel.

    StuartR

  8. #8
    Silver Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Brantford, Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    2,391
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Network cards for laptops

    You might get her to check from her husband's computer, the settings on the router. Maybe the MAC address of her network card has been denied (or not allowed) access to the network accidently.
    Christopher Baldrey

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •