03-27-2009 08:57 AM
I spent over $100 on a new wireless router for my laptop.
the laptop won't even pick up the wireless when it's in the same room.
nevermind other parts of the house. Anyone else have this problem?
My router is a Linksys.
03-27-2009 08:11 PM
First thing, always make sure that any wireless switches on your laptop are on.
Does your laptop have a physical switch on the side?
Does it have a Fn key combination which enables/disables your wireless?
Have you used your laptop wireless before with other networks/routers?
03-28-2009 02:38 PM
OK, are you able to get a connection at home or work or anywhere? Meaning, does it connect for awhile and then lose connection until rebooting? Or is your wireless not functioning whatsoever?
Also, is the Wireless icon below the mousepad lit up or not? If it isn't then try the Fn+F5 combination (or whichever combination it is on the C200) and see if the light comes on. The physical switch needs to be turned on for it to light up also.
03-28-2009 07:54 PM
It will connect, then in the middle of surfing the net it disconnects.
At times it won't even connect.
The switch is on and so is the light.
I called the router company and they changed the channel for me.
But it didnt help at all.
Could it be a problem inside the computer?
04-05-2009 11:47 PM
OK, this may be of help. I'm guessing you have already tried fooling around with most of the wireless device settings, you said you tried changing channels. If you see any options under the Properties for your wireless card in Device Manager which relate to power managment, then try turning all power management off for the wireless card. Some have said this helps, but it didn't do anything for me.
What did work for me:
My wireless was dropping out intermittently and then reconnecting every couple of minutes. Then I remembered that this started around the time when I upgraded my WinXP from SP2 to SP3. I finally found out that some internal wireless cards, like the Intel one I've got in my Lenovo, can have some issues with SP3. Upgrading to the latest drivers is supposed to handle it, but not for me. I went ahead and reinstalled WinXP SP2 and presto, the wireless became stable again. Although it also got worse when I updated to the latest Intel drivers. So only keeping SP2 with older pre-SP3 drivers is keeping my wireless stable now.
If you are using Windows XP, try downgrading back to WinXP SP2 and seeing if your wireless is stable again. If you're using Vista then try searching for help on the web about internal wireless compatibilty issues. Some more info about this can be found here, hope it helps if this is your issue: