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Question Is anyone getting good wireless response without plugging in the power? - 06-11-2011, 02:04 PM

Seems I cannot get any kind of wireless response without plugging in the power cord. Is there a fix for this? Just does not seem logical to have a wireless netbook if you cannot use the damned thing unless it is plugged into the wall....
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Cool 06-11-2011, 05:25 PM

you shouldnt need the AC unless your battery either doesnt hold a charge, is dead already or doesnt accept a charge.....I sit out in my backyard at my deck table and hit my router inside my garage in my office with no issues, I even watch TV outside with mine, granted I do have a 1010 but the basic Netbook is almost the same, I am guessing you do have a good battery, and I hope its the 6cell too?

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Default 06-12-2011, 04:49 PM

Rrfranczak3 is dead on. It should not make any difference at all if the power supply is plugged in or not if you have a decent battery charge (25% or better). IN fact I rarely ever use my power charger even when using my 1010 in the house.

Now I do fine sometimes I get better reception depending on the OS I am using (XP, Mandriva, Ubuntu 10.04 or Joli 1.2); But I have never had to plug in the charger to get a signal. fdalbor

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Default 06-18-2011, 02:46 AM

We have the 1018, just the basic without any upgrades. The wireless simply does not work if the laptop is not plugged in, even with a full charge. Pages timeout or do not load...I guess I'll havve to place a trouble call with tech support.
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Default 06-19-2011, 05:50 AM

I had a similar issue with the wireless connection. Although I was able to make a stable connection with my wireless router, I was getting <1Mbit download (tested with I fixed the problem by disabling bluetooth within the bios. Now I am able to get as good down/up speed as I do with a wired connection.
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Default 07-10-2011, 07:41 PM

Hi All

First post here after purchasing a Dell Mini 1018. I too had issues connecting while running on batteries, after some research it turns out that the realtech wireless card has a bug that corrupts 'packets' (the information sent from the laptop to the router and vice-versa) when in power save mode.

The solution is to change your performance settings in the power options screen of device manager. Start > Control Panel > power options > Select high performance...

...and you should have no more trouble. Your battery life will reduce slightly but I haven't notice much difference in battery life.

Hope this helps someone.
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Default 07-12-2011, 02:52 AM

Mine is fine.

7 ultimate 32bit. Standard latest/greatest dell drivers. 9.8 down/5.4 up. OS is about 6 months old and has literally been in 3 different laptops. 1012 to a M11x R1 to this 1018. I just update drivers as necessary when I switch.

Again, no problems.

-- 2120 | black | N550 | 250 gb | 2 gb | 7 ult 32bit
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