Windows xp doesnt seem to work with linksys wireless g pcmcia network card

By cartera
Sep 3, 2006
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  1. i have a toshiba satellie pro laptop and i have installed a linksys wireless g network card in the laptops pcmcia slot, the internet works fine for about 5-10 minutes but then it cuts out and you cant get back onto the internet without restarting the computer, i have downloaded the latest drivers but i don't understand why it doesnt seem to work with windows. It works fine when wired to the internet, it just doesnt seem to work wirelessly! I cant seem to understand it anyone know what to do with this, spent 2 days messing with it and ive got nowhere so far! HELP!!!!!
  2. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 484

    What access point are you using?
  3. cartera

    cartera TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 119   +10

    its a linksys wrt54-g, and the we have another laptop which works of it fine
  4. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 484

    Do you have your DHCP server turned on or do you have your internal IP address set to static?
  5. cartera

    cartera TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 119   +10

    i have a dhcp server turned on
  6. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251

    Hi Cartera

    OK
    let's start at basics,

    Do you use the WIndows Zero wireless useless Config thingy.... If so get shut of it, and use the NICS own software, lets face it, its built for the NIC so use it.

    Second , check the PCMCIA slot is OK by putting the card in the other slot.

    I have found a lot of problems using the WZWC when setting up the wireless Nic in my laptop originally(its a 3COM with a Belkin Router) and since I changed to the OEM software and changed the Channel to 9 its worked fine ever since.

    Regards
  7. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 484

    Sorry I was off for a while bit that was bascially what I was going to suggest.
  8. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251

    Sorry Jimbo420, I was just passing by and saw the thread, Couldnt resist sticking in me 5p worth...:eek:

    Regards
  9. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 484

    Not a problem. The way I see it we are all a team here helping each other out. Sometimes it is good to work in numbers ;)
  10. cartera

    cartera TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 119   +10

    nope that hasnt worked either, it still drops off after about 5 minutes the other weird thing is that email based programs such as msn still work when you cant view internet pages and on micorsoft outlook you can view your email and send emails but you cant use the internet!!! It doesnt make any sense!
  11. Jimbo420

    Jimbo420 Newcomer, in training Posts: 484

    The only time I have seen a problem like that I was using a computer at a company I worked for that was using a proxy server and the computer wasn't set to use the proxy correctly. Other then that I don't have any clue as what would cause something like that.
  12. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251


    Hi

    Welcome to the world of faulty DNS servers, We have this a lot on the NTL network, the web doesn't work but the kids have no problem with MSN or mail, you see they dont use a DNS server they link directly to the server.

    From what i can diagnose it's because we use a Transparent Cache thingy, if I change this in my internet properties, I can sometimes get round the problem, however it doesn't always work, yet If I ping the DNS servers they respond with no problem.

    NTL have in the past done a lot of work and the problem is lessening of, slowly but surely, however even last night was a slow night for web browsing in general and I have a 4meg connection, yet I was hitting 300k download using a torrent file.

    Thing is your wired works OK, so it may be an issue with the Wireless side not transcribing the DNS servers correctly, Is it possible to swap the WIFI router out with another to check.

    Regards
  13. cartera

    cartera TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 119   +10

    It is doing it with a LAN card aswell as a wifi card though, it seems odd lol doesnt make sense!
     
  14. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251


    If its doing it with the Wired network, then I would most definately say its a DNS server issue, this can only be taken up with the ISP that supplies you.

    Regards
  15. cartera

    cartera TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 119   +10

    Thanks for the help guys that hasnt worked, it looks like the problem is that windows doesnt work with the software for the card and im going to upload a new version of windows onto it to see if that works. Cheers

    Alastair
  16. smore9648

    smore9648 Newcomer, in training Posts: 757

    I had the same problem before. make sure load went through correctly. Check your device manager and make sure your driver is there and the linksys adapter shows up. I was told by a linksys helpdesk tech not to use the software provided by linksys, why he would say that is beyond me. But I let windows control the card and I have no problems.
  17. smore9648

    smore9648 Newcomer, in training Posts: 757

    also temporarily disable your firewall and check a safe website to see if you have the same problems.

    What firewall are you using. Linksys told me that ZA firewall doesn't like the linksys router. I was unable to view my router settings online because of the firewall. I had to disable it just to be able to view it.
  18. cartera

    cartera TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 119   +10

    i have it working fine now the problem was that the proxy settings were set rather oddly and wouldnt let windows communicate with the internet. Thanks for everyones help though!
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