Computer freezes when I repair wireless

June 3, 2009 at 10:10:55
Specs: Windows XP

Here is my problem: I have just rebuilt my computer -- new motherboard (GA-MA78GM-S2H 780G AM2+ mATX), processor (AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma), and RAM (4GB DDR2-800). I am running Windows XP. Everything is working splendidly except the internet. Every 10 minutes or so, I will completely lose my wireless connection. When I either click on "Repair" for the connection or go to the command prompt and try to /release /renew the TCP/IP info, the computer completely freezes up and I have to restart.

When I restart the computer, the internet connection is working fine again, full strength. I have checked and none of the other computers in the house have this problem. Also, before I did the rebuild, this problem didn't happen so I don't think it's an actual connectivity issue.

I am using just a basic linksys wireless PCI card. I went in and made sure that the computer wasn't set to cut power to the wireless card when idle, and it's not. I also did a virus scan, spyware scan, etc just in case. Everything is clean.

I was thinking of just replacing the card and seeing if that fixes the issue, but I would hate to spend the money if that's not the issue. Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks all!

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June 3, 2009 at 13:51:13
See event logs or setup perfmon log maybe.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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June 3, 2009 at 14:48:36
Do the other PCs have the same kind of wireless card, i.e. the Linksys PCI, as the one that's giving you problems? The problem could be with the card. I can understand not wanting to waste money on hardware you don't want, but you might consider purchasing an inexpensive USB network card just to test it. Newegg has several decent ones for under $30.00. The nice thing about USB NICs is that they are portable, too.

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June 4, 2009 at 06:34:34
I got my problem figured out! Thank you to those who responded. I thought I'd post what I found out in case anyone else runs into the same thing.

I did a little tinkering with the router and realized that I had it set to only give out 5 IP addresses. Well, we have 4 computers and one visiting laptop, so previously that was fine. THEN we got a Nintendo Wii. So anytime anyone used the Wii on the internet when the laptop was in use (which is constantly since it's a shiny new toy), it would bump my computer off the network. I'm not sure why it didn't just deny access to the Wii, but I added one more IP address, and the problem is solved!

Thanks again!

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