Question about Dell Inspiron 5100 Wireless Mini-pci Network Card Card - P0906

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Laptop not connecting to wireless network

We have two new Dell laptops, each with a 5100 wireless card. I have a new D-Link wireless N router. Router seems to work fine with our desktops/PS3/phone/old laptop (and if hard-wired to the new laptops).
With the newer laptops though we have problems with them not connecting to the network. With one this resolves when it is hard-wired - you get a message saying the problem is resolved and it then works wirelessly but seems to have a problem when next started. The other has a problem with weak signal reception as well as periodically being unable to connect. It can often be dealt with by taking to a very strong signal (ie next to router) and then repairing/ disabling etc until it eventually starts.

Any ideas? Suspicion must fall on the wireless card, since all other equipment is fine

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  • jonathan_fen Sep 30, 2009

    Thanks. They are both Vista. (One about 6 months old, the other brand new)

  • Michael Hickey
    Michael Hickey May 11, 2010

    hi... im not sure but i believe its an update SP in windows from microsoft that is causing it, my HP does the same thing try rolling back the wireless network driver is it vista or XP ? i think SP-3 caused it, im still investigating it..

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Don't wait tell you laptop is defective, at least buy a new wireless lan before its too late.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009

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