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WLAN Adapter Power/Sleep Question

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by TheWhiteKnight, Jul 8, 2011.

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  1. TheWhiteKnight

    TheWhiteKnight Thread Starter

    Jun 26, 2011
    If I have my adapter set (Power Management) to not allow the computer to turn off the device to save power, will it still turn off / sleep when I put the computer itself to sleep?

    I had a scare today where for the first time, I rebooted and my network card was unable to detect any networks whatsoever. Running the Dell WLAN Config Utility Diagnostic Hardware Test showed the device failing the last 2 tests:

    1. Interrupt - This test verifies that the NDIS driver is able to receive interrupts from the network controller.
    2. DMA & Loopback - This test verifies that the NDIS driver is able to send packets and receive packets from the network controller.

    Disabling and re-enabling the adapter both manually in XP and physically via the external switch failed to correct the issue. Luckily rebooting again did! I suspect it could have something to do with exiting my Bluetooth radio from fully loading during boot even though I always do that. Anyway I am worried about it because it's possible this is a warning of future hardware failure and if my adapter fails I will be screwed because I run online stores that require me to check my email often etc. and waiting a week to have a new card delivered would be hell. Failing to let things sleep and cool down (after days and days) such as my hdd has always come back to haunt me in the past.

    Heat Stress + Electronics = Bad! ~ It worries me that so many places recommend just disabling it especially if it means that it won't ever get a "breather". Anyway I have it set back to allow my comp to turn it off as it was never even an issue to begin with. Can anyone shed some light on when exactly the system decides to turn it off? Is it fast to wake? Will it disconnect me from GTalk for example? Will it prevent calls from coming in on a GV Extension? Most importantly is it important for the life of the adapter to allow it to sleep?
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