I just bought a Dell XPS M1530 from Best Buy. I have an Apple Wireless Router in which my Sony Vaio and iMac connect to flawlessly. However, my Dell drops connections constantly.
Also, once I reconnect the first or second time, anytime after that I try to reconnect fails. I've tried unplugging the router, getting a new IP address, disconnect / reconnect, rebooting my laptop - all the usual stuff but I still eventually have the same problem. Ultimately I have to shut down my computer and wait a long time then restart.
This is not cool and a waste of time. Please help.
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Have you opened Internet Options, Connections tab, Lan settings, Check Auto Detect. OR release and renew your IP address : http://www.wikihow.com/Refresh-Your-IP-Address-on-a-Windows-Computer Is your wireless adapter enabled? Drivers up-to-date? in working order? Have you run the diagnose in Manage Network Connections. What is your Anti Virus? Try connecting with it disabled?
Is this your first router or you are replacing an existing one with this? If you had a router setup before don't name the wireless network the exact same as your old one unless you go into your wireless properties on all your wireless machines and delete saved profiles.
What kind of security are you using on the wifi? wep, wpa wpa2? If you are using wpa2 and have not updated all your computers to the latest service packs for windows you can have some issues as well. Some routers don't work well with ps3's, try setting the router security to wep and make a ten digit password.
Also the Dell XPS M1530's are known for bad performing wireless cards. You may be able to obtain an updated bios firmware from Dell's website to help fix this though i'm sure it's not the cause of why you can't connect to this router.
See if this helps, if not respond and I will give some more tips.
specced a Studio 15 for $1457 on the Dell site (the official starting
price is currently $1,149), to get it closer on paper to Dell's XPS M1530. We also specced an entry level XPS M1530 for $1798.
We're not entirely convinced the $300 step up to the XPS M1530 is a must.
differences are processor and graphics. On our Studio 15 we have
Intel's Core 2 Duo P8400, vs the T8300 on the XPS M1530. The P8400 has a
lower clock speed at 2.26GHz chip vs 2.4GHz for the T8300, and has 3MB
cache (same as the XPS). On the other hand, the P8400 is a 25watt chip,
vs 35W for the T series, so in theory it's more battery efficient.
The Studio 15 is also on the new Centrino 2 platform, and has a 1066MHz FSB, vs 800MHz for the XPs.
other major difference is graphics. The entry level Studio 15 gives you
the choice of either Intel's integrated graphics (4500MHD), the better
choice for battery life, or 256MB Ati Mobility Radeon HD 3450. The XPS
eschews integrated graphics in favour of 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT.
notebooks come with internal DVD combo drives, though there is a
Blu-Ray option on the entry level XPS. The XPS also has an integrated
mobile broadband option, which wasn't mentioned on our Studio 15.
Studio 15's Centrino 2 platform and solid spec stack up well against
the entry level XPS M1530. It seems the XPS' advantages here are mostly
in terms of its sleeker design, and slightly lighter weight (2.62Kg vs
2.77Kg for the Studio 15).
Studio 15 vs Inspiron 1525 We
also configured a top end Inspiron 1525 for comparison. Our spec
included Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 (same as the XPS), the same 1440x900
scren as the XPS, 3GB RAM (same as Studio 15), and 320GB HDD (same as
Studio 15). Bluetooth and wireless n were add-on modules, and there was
no dedicated graphics option, only Intel's older generation X3100.
the older Centrino platform, older graphics, and without the LED
screen, our Inspiron 1525 spec came to $1527 - actually more than the
In this comparison, the Studio 15 stacks up as the
better buy, and it's also solid value against the more expensive XPS. If
you're looking for a solid mid-range laptop, we recommend you place the
Studio 15 on your shopping list.
Sigmatel c-major is your audio driver, not your internet driver. It is possible you have a corrupted driver. I would uninstall the sigmatel driver, then get the dell disc and reinstall it. I would also remove and reload my Ethernet driver, my Wireless driver and my dial up modem driver, just to be sure.
As for the internet provider, You would need to clarify how you connect: wired (ethernet, usb) wireless (wifi, router, cellular) or dial up (aol, netzero, juno on a 56k modem and phone line). Different things can cause internet failures. For example, a cordless phone can disrupt wireless connections. An infected "winsock" can knock out all your network connections, and a bad cord or a bad jack can ruin any wired connection.
contact Customer support first and have them help you diagnose it. If you just bought it, you shouldn't try to do anything too drastic. You might want to back up your files right now though because it might get worse or you might have to send it to Dell and they may send you a completely different laptop. Back up, call Dell.
The answer to this will always depend on who you ask! If this helps I am on my 5th Sony VAIO. I bought my first in 1999 (it was a N505). I have always had excellent performance and reliability from my Sony kit even though it sometimes doen't look the best technically on paper. I have several collegues who have dabbled with Dell equipment and have had poor customer service and reliability problems and have switched to either HP or Sony. This is just my observation and experience...