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Al James Mar 14, 2005, 06:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have been using my belkin wireless PCMCIA card perfectly for ages (connecting to the signal provided by my router).

Suddenly my laptop wireless card has stopped getting a signal, doesn't even show up on the available networks.

I have ruled out the router and internet connection because both of these are working fine and internet is fine too. What could have caused sudden signal loss?

p.s. I have done the obvious things like restart the router, restart the laptop, restart the modem

Any help gratefully received.
Thanks

Al James
http://www.aljames.co.uk


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Josh Mar 14, 2005, 06:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
Have you tried taking the card out, and putting it back in? Also, have you tried moving around with the laptop, and seeing if you get closer, if it will work?

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Al James Mar 14, 2005, 06:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yes Ive tried both of these several times but the problem still exists.! ??

Chris McNally Mar 14, 2005, 06:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
Reinstall the Belkin card drivers?

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Al James Mar 14, 2005, 06:52pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
OK. I just tried installing the drivers again but still RED signal indicator icon :o( Ive even tried system restore to yesterday and still nothing. Help!

Ryujin Mar 14, 2005, 08:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
wait u said ur SSID dont show up in the available networks from your laptop?
same thing happened to me with my network adapter, but i was piggybacking on someone i think and know its GONE!! BOO-HOO!
do u have a computer thats not a laptop and u have a network adapter (one thats not a PC Card...)

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Al James Mar 15, 2005, 04:44am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
Yes but Im not piggybacking, this is my own signal. Desktop PC connected to router works fine. Signal has been gone for a whole day now??

What do you mean why dont I sign here?

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Al James Mar 15, 2005, 04:47am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
If I try to connect from my desktop to laptop, this is the error message:

"An error occurred while reconnecting to K Laptrop VIAO :C, The local device name is already in use, The connection has not been restored"

Pirate Mar 15, 2005, 11:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
ANother laptop stealing your signal maybe? Does your connection have encryption?

Mar 15, 2005, 12:09pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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It sounds to me like a mounted network folder is trying to connect to a drive letter that is already assigned.
eg. trying to mount network folder \\computerone\folderofstuff to local drive letter C: won't work if C: already exists.

Chris McNally Mar 15, 2005, 02:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Check out your router config. Set it up to filter MAC addresses, so you can be sure that nobody's nicking your bandwidth.

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Ryujin Mar 15, 2005, 04:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 15, 2005, 04:58pm EST

 
>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
"What do you mean why dont I sign here?"

thats my signature =)

somethings wrong with ur laptop's card, i guess u should buy a new one, i think theres something like clearing a cache of somehting thats connected to ur c: drive

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Al James Mar 16, 2005, 06:46am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
" i think theres something like clearing a cache of somehting thats connected to ur c: drive"

I;m not sure what you mean b that can you explain a wee bit more please? Also, you said I might need to buy a new laptop card, I thought it would never stop working but can they? It seems to still recognise the card when I put it in the PCMCIA slot it's jiust there's no network showing?

Look forward to your reply.

THanks for your help
Al

Al James Mar 16, 2005, 02:08pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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bump

Ryujin Mar 16, 2005, 03:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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ok when i said "i think theres something like clearing a cache of somehting thats connected to ur c: drive"

forget what i said about that and also, the signal that the card recieves maybe damaged?

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Al James Mar 16, 2005, 04:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
The odd thing is I installed a logitech wireless mouse/keyboard on a pc in same troom as my wireless router the same day my signal disappeared. Could it have an effect on wireless signal?

Chris McNally Mar 16, 2005, 05:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
Possibly. Change the channel the router broadcasts on.

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Merc Mar 19, 2005, 12:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
Definitely try changing the channel before spending $ on a new card. Try 6 on the router and then put 6 in all the users cards.

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G. G. Mar 19, 2005, 01:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sudden loss of laptop wireless signal?
Ummmm .... if you know there are other wireless routers near you.... stay away from channel 6. Channel 6 is the default for linksys wireless routers and possibility for all other brands too. It is a very busy channel.

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