Advent 7096 laptop wifi connection problem

January 20, 2011 at 02:10:06
Specs: Windows XP, 1.6 Celeron/1Gb
Hi there, when I press the wifi button on my advent 7096 laptop the wireless light flashes instead of staying constant. I also cannot connect to a wireless network, it says its acquiring ip address then doesn't connect. So far I have tried

changing the channel,
reinstalling and updating the driver
replacing the wireless card

all to no avail. Please can someone help? I am also going to try calling pcworld and see if the tech guys will give me advice.


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#1
January 20, 2011 at 07:54:33
So far I have tried

changing the channel,
reinstalling and updating the driver
replacing the wireless card

all to no avail.

When you say "replacing the wireless card" I wonder, is the original one built in to the laptop? I suspect it is. If it is, did you disable it in the BIOS before trying another wireless adapter? If not, try that and see if the replacement adapter doesn't work.

If it doesn't then it's time to have the hardware checked out. If your laptop isn't still covered by warranty, the best thing you can do is find a qualified professional (ie: one who has certifications and/or experience working on your make/model) and have them diagnose the issue for you as there may be something seriously wrong with your laptop.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
January 20, 2011 at 08:11:59
Hi Curt, I checked the bios and there are no options to disable the wireless card. The card was changed like for like.

I have also compared wireless settings are all appear to be ok. I'm getting the impression the issue might be with the motherboard or the connection for the wifi card.

I'll head off to pc world tonight and see if the guys will offer any advice or a solution. Given that its one of their laptops, I'll be surprised if they havn't come across this before.

Thanks for your advice.


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#3
January 20, 2011 at 12:31:58
Hi Curt, I checked the bios and there are no options to disable the wireless card. The card was changed like for like.

Ok, so this sounds to me like it wasn't a built-in interface.

I have also compared wireless settings are all appear to be ok. I'm getting the impression the issue might be with the motherboard or the connection for the wifi card

That's the feeling I get. Most laptops have (or at least, used to have) two PCMCIA slots. If yours has two, try the other slot. If the NIC works in there great. If not, then it is likely to be a motherboard issue.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
January 22, 2011 at 00:24:20
Hi, The wifi card is internal. I bought a replacement and tried changing it, but I get the same result (wifi light flashing). I think its a motherboard issue. Given the age and of the laptop its not getting a replacement. I'll buy a usb wifi dongle and use that instead.
Thanks for your time and help.

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