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26-Jan-2011, 06:15 PM #1
can a wireless card go bad???
I have a dell labtop with original windows XP it has a built in wireless card. for the past month my wireless conection speed has been fluchuating alot any where for a perfect 58Mpbs all the way down to 24Mpbs with in seconds.

The only time the speed would go down this low was if we where having troubles with our internet source (comcast). I am having this problem not only at my home but at other places. I can not see this always being the internet source this often.

Can your wireless card go bad?

Please help and thank you ahead of time
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26-Jan-2011, 07:23 PM #2
It sure can. Like any other piece of hardware.

Perhaps you could try either a PCMCIA wireless card or a USB wireless adapter, just to see if it has the same problem. If it does, then it's a problem on the software end of things. If not, then.. sorry to say, but it might be your built in card.

How old is the laptop, anyway?
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26-Jan-2011, 08:11 PM #3
thanks for the advice and it is about 6 years old. i know she is old but she still works great with everything else and when she wants to hold a good internet speed.
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26-Jan-2011, 09:01 PM #4
Can also be caused by incorrect (or corrupted) driver. Install the latest wireless driver from Dell's web site.
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26-Jan-2011, 09:02 PM #5
Just as a sort of an additional source, yes, NICs can go bad and often do. If the behavior occurs frequently, I suggest uninstalling (not physically) that built-in and getting a USB adapter.
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