Dell Laptop Loses wireless connection

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wwellmaniii

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I have a dell laptop running windows 7 and it will randomly lose all network connection. All other devices still work fine connected to the network. I have a D-Link DIR-665 router.

Power saving is set to max performance for wireless.

It will reconnect if I delete the network from the Manage Wireless Networks tab and reconnect. The network shows up as full strength in the available networks.

This does not happen all the time. It will work fine for awhile and then just suddenly drop out. Once every week to two weeks
 

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That happened to my Dell laptop. I even had the exact same router.
In the end I found that one of the antennae wires had broken half way up the screen panel. I had to order a replacement kit to fix it.
How comfortable are you with completely disassembling your laptop and putting it back together?
 

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I think I replaced a screen on a toshiba before. If the antenna was broken wouldnt I have no connection though?
 

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There are two antenna wires. A black one and a white one. Half of one of them isn't the same as no antenna at all.
And there is no guarantee that you are having the exact same problem that I am.
Dell kept saying it was a driver problem, my ISP claimed it was some interference from somewhere. I bought another wireless half mini-card that I was sure must be the problem. I bought Range extenders, a fifty foot ethernet cable, and finally some powerline equipment.
I tried to trouble shoot the problem for almost a year before I got so frustrated that I took the machine apart myself to look. There was the problem as plain as day.

But again, there is no guarantee that you are having the exact same problem that I did. But the symptoms seem similar.
 
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