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Poor signal strength

I have a wireless network at home but with my new acer lap top when i log on the signal strength drops to 2 bars (very poor signal). however if i log of and look at the signal it is full bars until i log on then it drops again. any freinds who have brought there pc to my house this doesn't happen. they get the full strength signal. what can be done to fix this? i have checked with the router people and they say it is a pc problem.

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  • kurobara Dec 02, 2007

    I have the exact same problem. I have tried changing the channel on the router. I have even tried using a different router, and still I have the same problem. I continue to get a poor wireless connection even though when I log off, it shows that I have a full strength connection. Any suggestions?

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Have a go at changing the wireless channel within your router there may be some interfearence generated by your pc that is affecting its signal strength

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