only computer with limited connectivity on AP

November 18, 2011 at 04:03:32
Specs: Windows Vista, 2ghz
My computer constantly goes to 'limited connectivity', for no reason. Everyone else's computer is fine, it's just mine. I have to restart the wireless access point router to get it to connect again, even though everyone else connected to the AP can access the internet. Even restarting my computer doesn't fix it. It's like the access point and my computer just don't like each other! Annoying! Help?

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#1
November 18, 2011 at 08:03:42
First check to see if you have the most recent drivers for your wireless interface. If you don't, download and install them and see if that doesn't fix the issue.

If not, you may have to uninstall, reinstall, and reconfigure the device.

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
November 18, 2011 at 13:32:25
Okay, checked the device drivers for the wireless card in device manager and it said it was up to date. Would uninstalling and reinstalling it make a difference?

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#3
November 18, 2011 at 15:03:51
To be honest, it might make things worse.

Considering this is the only computer having this issue, that tells me the problem is the computer. Before I uninstalled/reinstalled the NIC I would try another wireless NIC if at all possible. This would be the best way to figure out if it's your NIC or not.

If the same issue happens with a different, known to be good, wireless NIC, then it would have to be a software issue and that might mean the operating system. In that case, and only in that case would I try the un/reinstall of the NIC. If that didn't work, you'd be down to reinstalling your operating system from scratch after wiping the computer.

Do try another wireless NIC first if at all possible.

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
November 18, 2011 at 15:33:04
Thanks for your input! I had a feeling it might be some kind of software issue, as it has done it at other locations with the same problem (I was the only one having trouble connecting). I'm on a vaio f series, vista 64 bit sp 1. I'll try another wireless NIC as soon as I can and post a response. Thanks again!

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#5
November 23, 2011 at 02:35:58
Tried another NIC with no luck. Guess it's something else in my computer. I did figure out however that if I turn off my wireless switch for about 8 minutes and then turn it back on it reconnects. Any time shorter than that and it goes right to LC. One other question, there is a cordless phone right next to the router. Is there any way this could affect what my computer receives? If so, why just my computer? I am the farthest away, but still have 3-4 bars of wireless signal. Thanks!

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#6
November 23, 2011 at 07:35:59
One other question, there is a cordless phone right next to the router. Is

Possibly if it operates on the same frequency as the wireless network. To test, take your computer to another location away from the cordless phone. If it works, then you have figured out what the problem is.

Barring the phone, If another NIC doesn't work properly then there's definitely an issue with the computer. Whether it's hardware or software would require some hands-on troubleshooting to diagnose.

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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