My WiFi connection with my laptop is breaking up intermittantly

Discussion in 'Computer Networking and Servers' started by ssal, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. ssal

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    Starting this week, my 8 year old Toshiba Satellite laptop would lose connection with the Wifi.

    I have to go to network setting and turn of the wifi and turn it back on and it will reconnect again. But it would drop the connection when I am not using it or when I am using the laptop, but not actively accessing the web.

    Any suggestion?
     
  2. johnb35

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    I would imagine your wireless card is starting to fail on you. On some models it's easily replaceable. You can try updating the driver first though.
     
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  3. beers

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    I'd also replace the card if this happens on all ssids. They're pretty cheap and a decent opportunity to put a better one in there.
     
  4. Laquer Head

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    Provided its not whitelisted.. I know I ran into it before on both Toshiba and Lenovo notebooks where they just will not accept a different wifi chip...like the notebooks wouldnt even boot up. I'm sure some of you know a way to crack that, but I sure don't.
     
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  5. ssal

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    How do you replace a wireless chip in a laptop? Is it something that I can unplug and replug a new one?
    Or would that be better to buy a USB wifi adapter? If so, do I have to turn off/or disable the wifi in the machine?
     
  6. johnb35

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    Wireless cards are small little chips that basically plug into a pcie slot and then 2 small wires get attached to it.

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    They are usually very easy to access and change out for most models.
     
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  7. Laquer Head

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    In your case, and given the age of the laptop, I'd recommend a USB wifi adapter. It's gonna be the easiest, pretty much sure fire way to go for you, and doesn't require opening the back or fiddling with the antenna leads.

    Grab a decent wireless AC usb dongle and be done with it!!

    Just disable your current internal wifi, and connect to the usb stick!! Done and Done!!:cool:
     
  8. ssal

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    Just went on YouTube and viewed a couple of how to. It looks like something I can handle.
    Went on eBay and found that the replacement (used) is about $5.
    That would be pretty painless.

    Thanks.
     
  9. Laquer Head

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    Hopefully it not a whitelisted chip and the laptop doesn't boot up.
     
  10. ssal

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    For under $5, it is worth a try. If it doesn't work, I can always order another one.
    BTW, what is a whitelisted chip?
     
  11. Laquer Head

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    I'm going say this poorly, basically some laptop boards wont allow the wireless chip to be swapped out, or only certain 'approved' devices. I think I have the name right. Anyhow, I've run into issues on Toshibas and Lenovos where it wouldn't boot after an attempted wireless chip change.
     
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  12. ssal

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    If I take the current one out from my laptop and order the identical part, would that work?
    I think there are tons of them on eBay to choose from.
     
  13. Darren

    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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    If it's the identical part it should work. Should...
     
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  14. Laquer Head

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    One would like to think, yes. But, I'm not making a 100% guarantee.
     
  15. Darren

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    Ditto. I've seen some stupidly weird and picky stuff in my time.
     
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