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Shitty Wireless Card

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by endlesszeal, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. endlesszeal

    endlesszeal Senior Member

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    My mate has a airlink card he got from Frys. It was working fine in his previous machine, but just built a new rig. Problem is, when he installs the card, the computer goes full load and the cpu usage never dips below 80% plus the internet is slow as balls. I thought maybe it was firmware, tried an older version, but no aval. Tried using windows utility but no go. So I thought it could be the new crappy ECS mobo, swapped my gf's sister's netgear and works like magic. Popped the airlink one into hers and same situation on her computer.

    Im stumped, wtf can it be? Can it be the IRQ? If it is, how can i change it?

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. TurboMirage

    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    does it pop into one of those pci boards that has a pcmcia slot on it?

    if so - get a usb one. you'll thank me later.
     
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    reikoshea HS Troll...And Mod Moderator VIP

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    i think those cards just suck. My Microsoft wNIC is pretty good. Cant go wrong with a LinkSYS, intel, or NetGear card either. There rest its kinda hit and miss...i know we run complete wireless lan parties and no one has any other manufacturers than what i just listed.
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    netgear usb wifi stuff is awesome, and so is the linksys usb stuff.
     
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    92dxhatch Senior Member

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    i've acctually had very good results with d-link, i did it originally because i was poor at the time,but was pleasently suprised at what it can do. i download around 400-700kb sec. not bad for wireless :) it also depends on your curent base station, usually the base station is in a bad area for connection.

    oh, i have that 108mbps card, not the 54mbps
     
  6. endlesszeal

    endlesszeal Senior Member

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    it aint a dlink, its an airlink. think its a frys thing.

    anyway, im getting pissed at it and want to tell him to junk it, but he deosnt want too. its one of those pci 2.2 ones. he bought because he had USB1.1 before, but since he upgraded he has a 2.0.

    how does a usb 2.0 compare with a pci slot wifi? pretty much the same?

    anyway, i tried moving it to different slots and was thinking about signing an irq manually, but read that i should just leave it alot and junk the shit.
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    you arent going to notice a performance difference, actually you will probably get better results with the usb 2.0 adapter.
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    both usb and pci are faster than what is capabale via your typical home wireless setup, so it doesn't really matter which one you use.
    me personally, i would use a pci one if possible.
    but i also wouldn't use a pcmcia card in a pci slot holder. thats just retarded.
    wifi pci cards are like 35bucks...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16833127145
     
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    i think i paid $40 for mine, so i'm good :ph34r:
     
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