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Old 15th December 2007, 06:12 AM   #1
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Talking Help: Wireless Cards Crash My PC!

Heres a good one from a friend of mine

I recently gave him an old PC as a favour so his girlfriend could study while he worked on his own PC. I had always had trouble with the machine crashing and made this known to him when he took it. He installed a new HD and some new memory and it seemed to wrok great.

Trouble is now he is setting up her new machine to run on thehome wireless network by installing a card into the PC, but the PC does nothing but crash with the card in. Remove the card and all is fine again.

Can anyone suggest anything?

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Old 17th December 2007, 01:10 PM   #2
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If you can give some specifics about the operating system, whether it's up to date with service packs, etc., and the type of card including which slot it's installed in, it will be easier to track down your problem.

That being said (and the info would still be useful), you're looking at an incompatible driver issue. The wireless card's software is not being used properly by the operating system. It is also possible that the computer's BIOS are not set up properly to use the PCI slot that the card is installed in. Also, it is possible that the card was not seated in the slot completely.

Usually, though, it's a software (driver) issue. Have you tried a different wireless card? Maybe even a USB wireless "stick" instead of a card? The USB stick option often cleans up any problems, because their drivers are usually more up to date than many card's drivers, plus they are easier to add/remove than the card (no screws). There will be no difference in the range of a PCI wireless card and a USB wireless stick, by the way. They both go about 20-50 feet, through walls.

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