network signal dropping

July 12, 2009 at 19:50:04
Specs: windows xp
i recently upgraded from 1 gig to 4 gigs of ram.i also installed a new videocard. now my wireless adapter seems to not work properly.it detects the wireless network and says its connection is excellent, but once i try to download something or get on the internet, the connection starts normally but eventually drops to nothing within a matter of seconds.my laptop works fine when used right next to the pc in question,so its something in the PC thats not allowing the adapter to work,or its just shot to begin with, but it detects the network..
ive talked to tech support from Dlink and all they tell me to do are update the drivers(which i have for my adapter and the router). still not working.
the only thing i can think of is that it may have to do with BIOS? the power supply is more than enough to power all the new hardware additions.
unless its a hardware problem, since the adapter worked perfectly before the new memory and videocard.the only other thing i can think of is that my motherboard supports pci x16, but the videocard is pci x16 2.0
i dont know if that could create any problems.
please help im tearing my hair out!!!!

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#1
July 13, 2009 at 05:32:36
Are you running a 32bit or 64 bit version of XP?

I suspect it's 32bit and it is having a problem with the amount of ram installed. Take the extra back out and see if your NIC performs properly.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
July 13, 2009 at 10:46:04
im pretty sure its 32.
last night i removed the new GPU and replaced the old one.
the internet connection stayed runnin for about 20 minutes before it crapped out again, which is 19 minutes longer than it has been.
my next try will be the memory.thank you!!!
i went from 1 gig(256x4) to 4 gigs(1gigx4) and the computer recognizes it, if that helps at all.(its also DDR 184-pin)

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#3
July 13, 2009 at 12:46:59
ok so i took it down to 2 gigs(1gigx2)and the connection stays running now but at a very low speed.this is with the new videocard in as well.im gonna just put the original memory back in and hope it works like it did before...
is there some reason it doesnt wanna run with extra memory?
would it be advisable to maybe go with 2 gigs(512x4) instead of 1 gig cards?
the motherboard is ASUS P5GD1-VM/S if that helps.
thanks again!!

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#4
July 13, 2009 at 15:53:53
I'm no expert but it sounds to me a bit like your powersupply is having trouble keeping up with the added load of the extra ram and new graphics card. What spec PSU do you have? Does it have a single 12V rail or or multi rails? What are the amp ratings on each of the rails?

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