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Laptop connection problem.

by Sundownerr / July 28, 2011 12:25 AM PDT

Greetings, friends.

I've come seeking advice and aid for my laptop connection troubles. I'm probably not as well versed in tech support language as I could be, but I trust not the people of some general forum such as yahoo answers for help, as I fear most answers would suggest something along the lines of "check if ur cord is plugged in" or "refresh the web page". So i come to you, fine people of cnet.

Now, my problem is specific to my laptop (which is an Asus F50sf running vista if you care to know). My desktop and playstation 3, which are wired and wireless connections, respectively, both work fine.

My laptop works fine and dandy for about an hour, and then loses connectivity. Like I said, I am no computer Guru, and at first I figured it could have been my network adapter that was the problem, but if that were so, wouldn't I not be able to connect to my router at all? I can connect locally, but have no internet connection.

I've tried connecting via wired connection as well with no luck.

any advice or insight is greatly appreciated.

resetting the computer is the only thing that seems to fix the problem.

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This sounds like the old heat sensitive wifi card problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2011 7:51 AM PDT

NO ONE LIKES THIS PROBLEM.

There is no absolute cures it every time cure but do your usual 6 MONTH CLEANING by short blasts of canned air (power off, no battery please) of the vents and hope that's enough.

I've started to use these 10 buck Wifi sticks to prove it's not the OS or drivers -> http://www.amazon.com/150mbps-Wifi-Wireless-Adapter-802-11b/dp/B0037G2BMY

This one is just too easy to install on Vista and 7. Just plug in and wait. Do not use the driver CD.
Bob

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Thank yee, but -
by Sundownerr / July 28, 2011 7:00 PM PDT

Thank you for the advice, I will definitely try giving the vents a good cleaning. But if the problem were with an overheating wifi card, wouldn't a wired connection still work? Like I said, when the connection goes, i lose both wireless and wired connectivity until I restart the computer.

It could be just a coincidence, but perhaps this fella and I are experiencing the same problem, as the problem started around the same time and we've both asus laptops.

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7589_102-535694.html?tag=contentBody;threadListing

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2011 12:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank yee, but -

And the under 10 buck device in my mailbox would sniff it out for less than gas to the service counter.

Another reason why I carry the spare.

But what you about your canned air and regularly cleaning? No one seems to tell you until you have troubles.

Yes there are folk that want to install drivers (which does not make sense as they do not wear out.)
Bob

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