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Connection phenomona: another reason why vista is weird

Hey there, I have a dell studio 1535 laptop with a dell 1397 wlan mini card and a vista os. I have problems connecting to certain wireless networks but not all. For instance i can connect to specific wireless access point signals that only broadcast 802.11b or 802.11g but not both. Whenever I try to connect to an ap that broadcasts both in b and g specifically and im like inches away from the router, and sure enough far away from functioning devices that could interrupt the signal like microwaves and the rest, the Diagnosis says that it does not recieve reponse from the wireless router of access point. Mind you I am getting full bars, SSID name, the network type, security type all the on information on the signal but just no reponse for a it to connect. I've updated the BIOS and all relevant drivers, i've used F8. Doesn't work. The only way i could get a connection from network like this is to use a LAN cable and that works fine. I'd like to remind you that i don't get this problem from all wireless networks. I can connect to a few wireless hotsopt but not others. In some airports but not in others. On some home networks but not on others. I'm just look for options. Oh here's the ***** part of the situation. Earlier this year I partition my Laptop to run a Linux OS and I still have it. When im on linux I got little no problems with wireless connections. Wireless network that were in accessible to me before on vista I have access to now on Linux. It's weird to me how that works but I know its a clue to whats going on.

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  • bossman2021 Jun 05, 2009

    Clarification Response.

    I use windows to try to connect through vista.

  • Jubert Ledesma
    Jubert Ledesma May 11, 2010

    how do you connect your wireless in vista? what tool are you using? are you using the dell wireless configuration tool or the one with windows?

  • Bastian Farkash
    Bastian Farkash May 11, 2010

    R U saying that when your Laptop is running a Linux distro you have little OR no problems with the wireless, BUT when you're running Vista then you do?

    If so I suspect Linux won't give back all drivers and or files needed, (Possibly corrupts them?) i.e whatever the Wireless device uses to be able to communicate 100% with other Wireless devices.

    I say the above as I to have had problems with some devices on my previous PCs where I have both Linux and XP, eg was with sound, oh was that annoying loosing the sound in XP after booting back from Linux...I gave up on having both OS's though LOL, I have DreamLinux and XP on my present PC, hoping someone finds you a real solution and untill Vista gets it right i am staying with XP on this Toshiba Lappy and Mac osX on my Desktop.

    Good Luck.


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I would say get latest drivers for your wireless card . I would remove old drivers to and start new.

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