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Join Date: Jun 2009
Wifi drops dead after a few minutes - 06-24-2009, 07:05 PM
Just got my dell mini 9 a few days ago, and have had a horrible time with WiFi so far. I've spent multiple hours reading this forum -- even found a few posts where people had similar problems -- but so far none of the fixes have worked for me.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
Here's a short summary of the problem:
* On OS X, I have to use a roundabout process to setup wifi (click on 'diagnostics' from network setup, go through the little wizard selecting 'airport' where applicable, then back out and click on the '+' under the active network connections, adding an airport connection).
* About 80% of the time when I do those steps, WiFi begins working beautifully. But then after a few minutes (usually 2-5, but one time it was working for 20+ minutes) it simply decides airport is not configured, and nothing short of rebooting and trying again can get it enabled again -- if I try the same steps as before it says it can't connect to the the network, or it never even gets to the step where it shows me the available SSID's.
* Additionally, I'm just seeing a lot of flakyness -- sometimes the above steps for WiFi setup don't even work so they aren't fully repeatable. I've tried all kinds of router settings, and sometimes think they are helping but am not sure (and I want a netbook that can connect to most/all normal router configs, not just some special config although that would be a start).
* I've tried with Ubuntu 9.04 netbook remix and have similar problems there too!
* Tried on a couple other wifi networks and either couldn't connect, or had the same problem where it only works briefly.
Here's the details of my setup:
Installed 16GB RunCore Pro and 2GB ram.
Installed Mac OS X 10.5.6 from retail dvd using the USB approach described here: Tutorial: How to build the OS X Dell Mini 9 Hackbook - The Easy Way
Other attempted fixes:
* Upgraded bios from A01 to A05.
* Tried using DellEFI 1.2a5 (setup originally with 1.1)
* Tried every combination I could think of for enabling/disabling options in the bios.
Anybody have any ideas on what to try next? Is there a different wireless card I should buy and install?
Any other diagonstics I can run (from the terminal, etc)?
Join Date: Apr 2009
06-25-2009, 01:14 AM
If it happens on OSX and Ubuntu then you probably have a hardware issue. You could try going into the BIOS and resetting to defaults. Sometimes a bios issue can cause this. Make sure you are on the latest BIOS too.
Still have problems? Call Dell and see if they will send you another Wireless card to see if that's the problem or send the whole thing to them and let them fix it.
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Join Date: Mar 2009
07-02-2009, 12:30 AM
I can't believe how easy it was. It seems to me there are apple drivers and maybe other network (bROADCOM) drivers that confuse the system. By using the Apple network assistant, maybe it sets it up using the drivers that come with Leopard.
iF THAT DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU, then reinstall the OSX using the new method (netinstaller 08.1) then try this. When I reinstalled using the new method the airport icon behaved badly as before, then I ran the apple diagnostics and found the card was good the3n did what I suggested. Let me know if it works for you so I can post it elsewhere.
Join Date: Mar 2009
07-06-2009, 08:42 PM
Mine works mostly, but I have recently had some annoying outages in the middle of e-mails, I think I will get a used Apple card--BROADCOM of course, and try it to be sure it is not a software issue. I saw other posts where they work well in the mini 9. The original card functioned flawlessly for 6 weeks before a botched software update, that is why I suspect a software issue in my case. I would agree that your case sounds like a card issue, but dealing with Dell won't be easy unless you wipe your drive and restore XP
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