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Continually loses connection to internet

I got my laptop about 2 months ago and everything was fine. But recently it has been losing connection to the internet a lot, it gives no warnings and isn't triggered by anything (as far as i know).

There are 3 other PCs on the same wireless network and they don't have the same problem, any ideas?

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    O7SlimJim Feb 01, 2009

    This laptop uses Microsoft Vista Home

    2 other laptops use the same and the PC uses Microsoft XP Home

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Based on your other computers working fine in your network, first thoughts are:
1- the start of hardware failure of the wireless card in your notebook. it might be heating up leading to the drops. eventually it may give out. my sister's wireless card did that and she got it replaced free by sending it in. an arguement against this is that most of the time, when a card goes, it goes, and so the intermittent thing probably points to something else, at least at this point
2- you installed some firewall, or changed firewall settings on the laptop, and the firewall is affecting your connection. this wouldnt affect signal strength or the connection itself, but more your computer's ability to use a good connection properly. it may not be this if your computer keeps dropping the connection in the strict sense.
3- windows TCPIP stack corruption. try removing your wireless card in the devices under device manager. on reboot it will be "reinstalled" but some corrupt drivers may be reset. re-creating your wireless connection may wipe out problems. you'll have to punch in your ID and password, SSID and WEP password, if any, to your existing network.
4- wireless card drivers-- try to update your drivers to a newer driver version that which might fix a problem with the existing driver allowing drops. try your manufacturers site 1st and make sure you download drivers for your model and operating system

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