I have WinXP and use my Blitzz wireless card, initially with no problems. Then internet started sporadically going out, meaning the card would lose the connection and have to re-connect, which would take about a minute each time, but short of being annoying was not a huge issue.
Several days ago, the card started mal-functioning to the point where it would bring up the 'blue screen of death' saying something had stopped working and windows needed to shut down to protect the system. No programs or other things had been changed, yet the wireless card went completely dark each time this happened, so I am heavily suspecting it's the card. I can't connect to the internet any other way at the moment, so I'm stuck:
Is there a tool with which I can check if the card is broken? Does it sound like it? Is it worth looking into trying to fix it? Any other ideas what could be going on?
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Re: Wireless card problem
HELLO. IT SOUND'S LIKE YOUR CARD IS BAD .!!! THEY ARE MADE CHEP.!!! AND NOT MADE TO LAST .!!! ONE WAY TO CHECK IT IS PUT IT IN ANOTHER LAP TOP AND SEE HOW IT WORK'S .!!! BUT YOUR BEST BET IS TO GO GET A NEW ONE.WELL "GOOD LUCK"
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The USB wireless device should have come with an installation CD, if not then go to the Blitzz WEB site to download the driver. If the ISP supplied the USB wireless device then they should have an installation CD which included the configuration settings for you to connect to their Internet server.
Kinda odd one this.. Have you checked properties of the wireless icon in control panel/network connections - check dns server is on auto? If so, start a dos shell, type ipconfig /all and see if the dns info is the same as the other working pc's you have.. Also when right clicking the network icon, select repair, instead of properties, that does a heap of things to correct problems..
Also, from another user on Fixya, try this..
you may have another wireless connection other than your own set as automatic, or more than one connection in your settings of the same name, so right click on your network icon in your task bar or in network connections in device manager and select view all wireless connections, click on it and when all the connections show, highlght, delete all of them, then close the window.
Your notebook should now indicate that it found new wireless connections, click on the popup and select your connection name and click connect, at this point you will be asked to enter the passkey if you have security enabled.
uninstall old internet service. and new programs.. then go to device manager and remove the wireless device and restart. it shoudl redetect wireless card and reinstall itself. iIF you have a wireless password WEP key you need to reenter it when reconnecting to wireless. also try superantispyware.com home is free and has saved me lots of time with other slow pc's with strange errors
It is never a good sign when a company's website is no longer functioning.
Normally, I would say just go to their website and down the necessary drivers and utilities from the company's support section.
One seems to be able to download all sorts of wireless drivers from it. It requires registration to the site though, and it may just link back to the already broken manufacturer's web site.
If it is just the wireless utility you are working for, then you should be able to use the built-in Microsoft wireless utility (this is assuming you are running atleast Windows XP or later).
Go to the control panel and open up network connections. Right click on the wireless LAN adapter and select properties. There should be a tab for Wireless Networks. Confirm the "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings" box is checked. Once this box is checked, the windows utility will allow you to enter all your wireless network settings.
Of course this assumes that your wireless card is still installed and appears in the Network Connections window. If it does not appear there, then open the device manager (Control Panel -> administrative tools -> Computer Management) and see if there are any icons with yellow Question mark circles. This willl indicate that the drivers are not properly installed for a particular device. If thats the case, right click on the device and select update driver. The driver may not have been deleted from your machine, and may still be located in this directory: