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IBM X40 Wireless Radio Keeps Shutting Off

For almost two years I've been dealing with an intermittent wireless connection (cable) on my IBM X40 (XP). My roommates and guests connections work fine so I know the Internet and wireless router is ok. I recently noticed that whenever I lose my connection the wireless radio (FN+F5) is "off". If I click "power on" I get reconnected after a few seconds. Anyone know why this is shutting off? Is there a software update or something I'm missing? I've heard some issues with Access Connections, but frankly I don't know if that applies to me or how to fix it if it does... Any help is much appreciated.

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  • sheproj Mar 01, 2009

    Thanks for the response, but which link? Am I missing something?

  • sheproj Mar 01, 2009

    I updated the driver, restarted and unfortunately the problem remains. I don't use access connections but do you think it's necessary to update it? I'm trying to avoid switching to an external piece to fix, any other ideas? Could there be a setting that needs to be changed?

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This link will take you to the driver page for your unit. Scroll down to wireless networking and download the latest driver for your machine(there's a couple of different possibilities it could be but you may find that the drivers listed are more recent than the drivers you have loaded on the machine.

Beyond that if you are unable to work out the issues with your wireless you can always purchase a cardbus or USB wireless adapter and disable the onboard wifi.

Post back with you results.

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    John Elliott Mar 01, 2009

    Whoops, forgot to add the link previously...

  • John Elliott
    John Elliott Mar 01, 2009

    Sorry, I added it afterwards, see above comment...

  • John Elliott
    John Elliott Mar 01, 2009

    The next question I would ask is are you using a wireless assistant or the Windows wireless client? If you are using a wireless client other than Windows you may want to uninstall it and try to connect only in Windows wireless (add your network thru the preferred wireless networks section and input the security key).

    I've seen onboard wifi go south on occasion and when it does it tends to have intermittent issues such as what you're describing. I'm with you, I'd prefer not to have to expand externally but it may end up being the final solution...


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