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Linksys - No Automatic Reconnection?

by dannygirl25 / December 13, 2006 8:52 AM PST

I have a linksys network on in my home for wireless internet access. There are 5 computer hooked up to it. Once in a while the wireless network will hiccup. The other computers in my home may slow down for a brief moment when changing pages or have to refresh, but they keep on trucking, automatically reconnecting to my linksys network.

My main desktop pc however will not. I cannot figure out why. On my desktop, if the network hiccups, the internet fails on my pc. I try to right click the network icon and click "repair" (which seems to fix it on my lap top if it ever goes down completely like that). It hangs up the computer and I have to do a hard reboot. I open up the network page and view networks. Linksys pops up. I hit "disconnect" and then refresh and "connect" back to the network. It'll say "windows has reconnected to the network" but then when I look at my little icon at the bottom, there is still a red X through the network. And if I try to access any pages, it will not allow me to as if I had no internet access at all.

I have found the only way to reconnect the desktop to the network is to Restart the computer and log in again. Why?

I have checked for any conflicts, there are none. And that is about the extent of my knowledge on PCs and wireless networks. I am at a loss for what to check for or do next to possibly fix this problem. Its ridiculous. I wind up having to restart the computer sometimes three to five times in a row before it will stay connected to the network and not go up and down again almost right away. I don't understand this. My pc is only 2 years old.

Its operating system is Windows XP Professional. Ver 2002. AMD Athlon 64 Processor, 3000+, 2.00 GHz, 1.00 GB of ram. My network is Linksys Wireless-B. Do I need other information? I don't know terribly much about it. As I said, this only happens on the desktop.

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You don't want to know the reasons I find.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2006 9:08 AM PST

1. Top of the hit parage, hijacked winsocks, spyware and P2P use.

2. An improper OS install. You don't want to know the percentage of machines with out of date BIOS, motherboard drivers and after that hardware issues like clogged heatsinks or overtaxed power supplies.

Fortunately I never find a Windows bug.

Bob

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How do I find out that?
by dannygirl25 / December 13, 2006 5:09 PM PST

Well, I think I have some spyware on there. But I use Spybot S&D and Ad Aware and got everything I could. I use those often. I'm not sure what a winsock is, so I don't know if mine is hijacked. How do I check? And how do I find out if my bios or drivers are out of date?

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Tools I use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2006 12:04 AM PST

For the winsock item I use WINSOCKFIXXP (gootle.com) For XP users I suggest a scan with Free AVG AntiSpyware.

Best of luck,

Bob

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