Wireless blue screen of death

Dell Inspiron 8600
March 2, 2009 at 13:42:40
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.398 GHz / 511 MB
I recently purchased a Linksys WRT160N router and am trying to convince my laptop to connect with it. I used Linksys's web program to configure the router and once everything was complete, did a power check and brought everything back to life. The laptop will connect through the router, but will then go straight to the blue screen of death and quit. I finally reconnected my laptop to the original ethernet hardwire connection and everything seems to be okay now. Any thoughts or suggestions (besides shoot the computer-that'll happen after the new one arrives :))

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#1
March 2, 2009 at 18:15:58
Look at the device manage first. Are there and yellow or red marks next to network adapters?

Next time it goes to the BSOD, make a note of the error codes and search them on Google.


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#2
March 3, 2009 at 05:58:49
Thanks for the advice. I did some digging and found that the screen was being brought up due to a kernel process error. Microsoft has a free kernel debugging tool you can download which will analyze the cause of the screen. Using this, I found the driver for my laptop's internal wireless card was in need of some critical updates from Dell. I downloaded and installed the updates and so far (fingers crossed) everything has been working great without wires.

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#3
March 3, 2009 at 07:04:00
Glad to hear it.

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