Annoying Problem With Wireless Adapter

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May 10, 2010 at 16:07:36
Specs: Windows XP SP2
I am having the strangest trouble regarding my wireless adapter as of late. It seems that whenever I have the wireless card enabled, every time I play any game (it doesn't matter which one) after a few minutes the computer completely locks up and a high-pitched whine can be heard coming from the speakers.

Now, I consider myself to be fairly computer-savvy, and have tried practically everything. It's not bad RAM (ran memtest for several hours and nothing), and trust me when I say it's not overheating. The power supply isn't bad considering I just recently installed a new one.

The only thing that remedies the situation is to disable the wireless card. I've tried almost everything I can think of and I'm quickly running out of ideas.

Anyone know how to fix this?!

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May 10, 2010 at 18:25:34
The high pitched noises that I have heard are the CPU & fans.

Dust build up around the cpu fins may interfere with the fan, but as the noise goes when the card is disabled, it is probably a faulty card.

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May 10, 2010 at 18:44:10
That's what I thought at first, but it's not the fan that's making the noise. It's literally coming from the speakers. I turn the speakers off (or even turn the volume all the way down) upon freezing, and the sound goes away.

I truly don't believe it has anything to do with faulty hardware. I've had this wireless card for quite some time. Took it from my old computer years ago, and it worked fine then.

The only thing I can possibly think of is that the wireless card is somehow conflicting with something else. Maybe the sound or video card. I really don't know.

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May 10, 2010 at 19:21:23
Was'nt sure what speaker you meant, I went for the onboard speaker.

"Maybe the sound or video card"
Have you disabled the bios onboard settings?

Have you been into Device Manager & checked for conflicts?

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May 10, 2010 at 20:35:30
I'm going to see what happens when I disable the sound card.

I have my onboard network controller disabled, I even disabled my dial-up modem which is just collecting dust (metaphorically) inside my computer.

My mobo has an onboard sound controller also. I've never used it since I built this computer years ago because I also installed a sound card. It may still be enabled, but I've never had a problem with it, so I don't know.

Obviously I can't disable the video card and test it, considering I won't be able to run the games.

However, both my sound card and video card both have their IRQ set to 16. That MIGHT cause a conflict in theory, but why would the wireless card cause the problem?

As for the device manager itself...not a single conflict error anywhere. Nothing even in the event viewer.

Every time I think I've figured out, I'm just like "nope, that's not it...goddammit."

Anyway, I've got a couple things I want to try. I'll let you know what happens. If you come up with any more ideas, don't hesitate to suggest something!

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May 11, 2010 at 01:05:59
In the bios, check >
Advanced Chipset Features
OnChip Sound - enabled (unless you don't need sound or have a seperate sound card)
Advanced Chipset Features
OnChip Sound(enabled/disabled)
Enable/Disable onboard AC97 sound codec, set only to disabled when using PCI sound card.

How to Disable Onboard/Integrated Video On Your Computer

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May 11, 2010 at 08:49:15
Another day, another boat load of computer-fixing fun!

Well, I disabled my onboard audio. Even disabled it in the BIOS settings.

My motherboard either does not have onboard video or I disabled it a loooooong time ago when I first built this machine, so that's not an issue.

I'm gonna try plugging in my wife's wireless adapter into my computer and disable my wireless card. This should tell me if it's a hardware/software problem versus something odd the wifi is doing. There are A LOT of wireless connections floating around in the neighborhood.

EDIT: Well, disabling the audio controller did NOT help. Disabling my sound card altogether causes the game (Half-Life 2) to load indefinitely.
I don't know if that brings me closer to a solution (or at least a cause of the problem) or if it's just the game's setting to NOT load when no sound is detected. Gonna try physically changing the slot which the sound card is on, and maybe change the jumpers if at all possible.

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May 11, 2010 at 15:29:01
"I'm gonna try plugging in my wife's wireless adapter into my computer and disable my wireless card."
Yep, process of elimination, always very handy to have more than one comp.

Perform a clean startup to determine whether background programs are interfering with your game or program
How to use MSCONFIG in Windows XP
How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state
How to Set up a Clean Boot Configuration with MSCONFIG

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May 11, 2010 at 19:15:59
Nope, clean boot didn't stop it. A good thought, however. I was almost certain that might stop the crashing. I was pretty sure no background programs were interfering with it.

I could go through the entire list of services one by one, and it would STILL keep crashing. The only service that would stop the crashing if I had it turned off would be Wireless Zero Configuration because, after all, then the wireless card would be disabled, and then we're at the beginning again.

I just love computers, man. Always working in circles until I finally fix whatever's wrong with them.

I'm gonna try a couple more things. First, I'll try plugging in my wife's wireless USB adapter, which actually causes problems of it's own when other things are plugged into the same USB controller. Hopefully I fixed that...keeping my fingers crossed.

If no crash occurs when her wireless adapter is plugged in and connected to the internet, then I have a couple options. Buy one of my own or maybe shuffle around all my PCI devices. And if it still crashes, well...I guess I'll bang my head against a brick wall and get drunk.


Total insanity. I've had my wife's wireless USB adapter plugged in for about 45 minutes now, had a game running for about that long, and NO CRASH!
I guess I've singled out the cause of the problem.

Now it's just a question of WHY my wireless card is doing this and how I can fix it.

Any ideas?

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