January 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm #160493
I bought my wife a white NC10 for Christmas and she was initially thrilled! I did my research and the NC10 was the clear winner for a netbook. But now, she can’t stand it since the wireless is not only slow, it drops out every once in awhile. Help! Happy wife, happy life. Ha.
I still have XP Home on it and it connects through a BEFW11S4 Linksys B router. I have had no problems with the router connecting to our Nintendo Wii or my Dell D610 work laptop.
I did some digging and some people say to upgrade to the new ver.188.8.131.52 driver. With the original driver ver. 7.somthing I would get the drop outs in addition to the “Limited or no network connectivity” error until it eventually wouldn’t even connect. Now with ver.184.108.40.206 that error is gone but the drop outs still seem to occur. Others said go back to an even older driver. I can’t figure out how to do this as WinXP keeps auto installing the new one?
Potential solutions are below; I just need to know were to start. I bought it on Amazon so I can return it until Jan 31st. If I don’t figure this out it is unfortunately going back.
1) Install older version of driver ver. 5 or 6 perhaps? Canâ€™t figure out how though?
2) Upgrade firmware (if available) on router? Never had any problems though.
3) Upgrade to a G or N router? Will this make web pages load faster? I donâ€™t think range is an issue as our house is not that big.
4) Change channel on router? I don’t think I have any interference issues since the other devices seem to work?
5) Remove WEP protection or change to different security?
6) Fresh install of XP Pro? I donâ€™t think I need all the software on here anyway and am most comfortable with a fresh install.
7) Switch to Atheros wireless client vs. Windows? I tried the Atheros one once but this was before 220.127.116.11.
8) Move router. It is currently in our basement sitting on our desktop in a cubby of our desk with the door closed. This location seems to be ok for our Wii and D610 though.
This is my first post so be nice, I searched plenty and have not found a definite solution.
MikeJanuary 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm #178998AlfiharParticipant
I’m afraid this isn’t going to help your problem. Just wanted to comment on a couple of your points.
[quote1231426651=mschmidt]3) Upgrade to a G or N router? Will this make web pages load faster? I donâ€™t think range is an issue as our house is not that big.[/quote1231426651]
It will only make web pages load faster if you have a fast internet connection. Typical throughput is around 4.5Mbit/s (maximum 11Mbit/s) for 802.11b so if you have a fast connection you may see an increase in speed. Unless it’s an incompatibility between the card and the router I wouldn’t expect this to help.
[quote1231426651=mschmidt]5) Remove WEP protection or change to different security?[/quote1231426651]
I would recommend against using WEP unless that is the only option, it is very quick and easy to crack. It is better than nothing though.
Oh and welcome to the forum.January 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm #179001
Thanks for the feedback. I have Comcast Cable for our ISP. They advertise 6mbps. They also have a 16mbps package but I dont think I have that one.January 8, 2009 at 7:14 pm #179002
Looks like I have the 6mbps package… Thus, I could get a 25% boost in download speed with a G router? Assuming I get the nc10 to work in the first place. Thats my main goal right now.January 8, 2009 at 9:42 pm #179005karanetMember
Had the same problem initially but completely resolved when I went to a G Router and changed channel. NO drop outs or limited connectivity since.January 9, 2009 at 1:32 am #179003
thanks, what model router do you have?January 9, 2009 at 3:48 am #178999kentonMember
I am also getting dropouts, was this ever resolved?January 9, 2009 at 2:01 pm #179000PessimissedMember
I also noticed this strange bug, though it appears to have disappeared since I formatted with XP Pro SP3.January 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm #179004
Not resolved yet… so maybe I just slipstream sp3 on xp pro and try this? This is cheaper then a new router so I may try this first. Any other ideas? I tried the old driver that was “use at your own risk” on the drivers sticky and I still got a drop out last night.January 16, 2009 at 5:56 am #179007CiRe50Member
Almost exact situation, except i got my wife the blue one… Worked great Xmas eve and day. Then on the 26th, I made the epic mistake of setting the Auto Update to Automatic. Dun, Dun, Dunn, DUNNN… Needless to say the connection became sluggish and flakey. On most occassions the device manager couldn’t even see it!! After several sleepless evenings Googling “Atheros Wireless NC10” and reading endless message boards; I broke down and initiated the Samsung Recovery Solution and went back in time… back before all the frustrations and tomfoolery. WiFi worked almost instantly, and stayed that way. Instant Happy Wife!! Havn’t updated since, and I am currently typing this from her wireless netbook… which she wants back now so she can get back to spider solitare…. =P Hope Microsoft or Samsug or Atheros comes up with a permanent solution… “security holes” = bad. Best of Luck!!January 17, 2009 at 2:11 am #179006karanetMember
I am using Belkin Wireless G router, sorry for delayed response been too busy to log on here. Choose a static channel ( iNOT auto). No problems at all for me now though initially I had set on ‘auto’ channel and had drops in connectivity. Also want to say that compared to Linksys, the Belkin page is COMPLETELY user friendly so if you ever need to change your settings online or security, etc, it’s the best I’ve seen. I have also used Linksys which isn’t bad once you get it set up but not as user friendly if you need to visit the page ( usually http://192.168.1.1) for most North American wifi though your mfg website will confirm that for you.
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