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    Debus

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    I think i've posted about this already, but i need help again with my shoddy wireless connection

    The router i have is a D-link "DSL-G604T", and just recently my computer has stopped picking up the signal from it at all. We got a Belkin wireless card fitted to our computer, and it was working fine for the first few weeks, then just decided to stop working. First off, we had to move our computer at some weird angle to get it to pick up any sort of signal, and now it won't pick up anything and i'm connected via an Ethernet cable which is incredibly inpractical. My laptop picks it up fine, but my computer just refuses to pick it up right now.

    I've tried updating the firmware, but there weren't any recent ones as typically, the router i have is discontinued ¬_¬

    Is there any way to resolve this aside from just buying a new router?
     
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    What makes you think it's the router causing the problem? Your laptop works fine, hence it can't be the router, since there's at least one component working.

    Now, you said you got a new wireless card fitted a few weeks ago. Guess who you have to bitch at now.
     
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    True, but it doesn't make sense that it's the card as it picks up everything else aside from my router, and as i said it did work fine for the first few weeks after it's instilation.
     
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    What's farther, your router, or the other signals?

    Also, what's closer, your computer or your laptop?
     
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    The other signals are further away, and my computer is a little closer to the router usually, depending on where i am with my laptop.
     
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    I'm thinking it's either
    - the card is too weak to pick up a signal (faulty card?)
    - perhaps drivers/software installed on the computer
    - D-Link sucks.

    Go grab a salad bowl for a minute, and place it in front of your antenna, facing towards the router.
     
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    I tried installing the software that came with the card, and that just broke my computer. The same with the drivers.
     
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    What do you use to manage the wireless signals? Windows, or some software?
     
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    Windows manages all the connections.
     
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    What card is it? It might not be set on the right channel to pick up the signals, or your router is operating on a different frequency.

    Also, what draft of wireless [A, B, G, or N]?

    Try looking on the box.
     
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    The computer will automatically pick up the correct channel that the wireless router is using, so that's not the problem.

    Also, if it worked before, it's not an a/b/g/n compatibility issue.

    This is a weird issue indeed, but i think it might be a faulty card from what i've seen
     
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    I'm thinking it's a faulty card too, Todd.

    Try fully uninstalling the wireless card drivers, restart your computer, then install the drivers again. Make sure you have the latest drivers.
     
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    The latest drivers for it break my computer. Tried that already. When i installed them it interfered with something in System 32 and wouldn't let me log in or even start up properly.
     
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    Which card is it?
     
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    The box just says it's a Belkin G+ Desktop Card
     
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    Not necessarily, if the routers settings had been changed somehow, you can make them function on only one channel, it could still be an a/b/g/n issue IF he got an older card that maybe didn't support G, and his router was set at only G.
     
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    Wireless routers only function on one channel (I believe the default is 6 on most routers) but computers will scan the entire 2.4GHz band (channels 1 thru whatever the max is, 11 I think) to find wireless networks. So the channel can be set to anything, but the card would still find it because it searches the entire frequency range, not just a specific channel. It's not an a/b/g/n issue either since she states that the card is a Belkin 802.11g card. Her router supports B and G, so if the router's in only G mode, the card will connect, and if it's in only B, the card will still connect since it's backwards-compatible. It just simply sounds like a faulty card.
     
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    You tried putting your laptop next to your PC tower and seeing if you can connect ok, or wehter you have a poor or good connection. If the laptop can't connect or has a weak signal it could be being caused by local interferrence(sp?). Least then you'll know whether or not it's is actually the PC.
     
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    My laptop connects fine if i'm sat where my computer is. My laptop connects on the opposite side of the house to the router, whereas my PC is right above it and i have to fiddle about with the angle of the tower to get it to connect.
     
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    Ah, didn't see where he/she stated what the card was before.
     

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