Dell wireless adapter problem

By mossian ยท 6 replies
May 28, 2010
  1. I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 running Windows 7. Wireless adaptor is an intel Pro 3945ABG

    The wireless adapter keeps switching itself off. This happens regularly - every 10 minutes - and I have to troubleshoot to reset the wireless adaptor.

    I have disabled the power setting that allows the computer to switch wireless off to save power and I have (I think) reinstalled the right drivers.

    The inspiron used to have a reset wireless switch on the left hand side, but this broke off almost immediately. Could it have worked itself into a problematic position and be causing the problem or is it another issue?

    Grateful for any help.
  2. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +7

    please properly uninstall the drivers and then install them again... also try to connect another device to the wireless network and see if that disconnects, could be a router issue too
  3. mossian

    mossian TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks. I've uninstalled and re-installed drivers. Other devices working fine with the router, still dropping the connection every minute now. Every time I have to reset the wireless adapter through troubleshooting.

    Any other tips on what it might be?
  4. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +7

    hmm thats strage, after resetting it should all be working fine if there was a problem with the configuration....did this problem start happening after installing windows 7?
  5. mossian

    mossian TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Installed Windows 7 as a beta last year and full version a couple of months ago. Problem only just started about a week ago. Nothing installed that should have sparked it off.Very curious.
  6. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +7

    i am not sure, but to me looks like a faulty adapter, wait for someone else to reply and help you out...sorry
  7. mossian

    mossian TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Many thanks. It's been fine for 15 minutes now - so there is some strange intermittent fault. Might be a plan to take it apart and blow off the dust ...
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