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Old 10-12-2009, 03:25 PM   #1
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Weird Wireless Issue

Okay, So Currently i'm Dual booting XP SP3 / Slackware 13(mmm gotta have me my slackware). The issue is in both OS'. The wireless works when it wants to and doesn't when it doesn't want to. I opened up the lower half and pushed down where the wireless hookup is. It worked fine next restart. died like 45 min down the road. is this a possible Loose connection and how would you suggest I fix it? Possible just slide in some electrical tape or will I need to solder it in?
Old 10-12-2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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Don't solder it in. You may have defective hardware. It would help to know if you're talking about a PCI card or a laptop card. I know some laptop cards have tiny tiny connectors that are difficult to work with. But intermittent failures in two os seems like hardware failure. It happens. You can try reseating the card.
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Agree with first poster - don't solder. It's actually nearly impossible to solder before you start collateral damage in the form Plastic stuff melting. A better approach might be to examine the card's freedom of movement. Is it loose? When all is bolted up? Resist the temptation to bend it one way as you will spread the connector, and possibly lift or strain smt components. I would first look at a bit of sponge or paper packing to hold it well in, where it should work. If that doesn't go, you might remove it, gently tighten the pins of the socket and reseat.
Old 10-13-2009, 06:27 AM   #4
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Alright thanks for the suggestions guys. I'll see if I can get her working. I go camping a few times a year, and love having my slack on the go.


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