Wireless Internet Question - Is it actually possible? 6 replies

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Mr. Pedantic

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#1 10 years ago

I was over at a friend's yesterday, and we were playing poker, watching TV, going on the internet, random things like that. When we finished we left his computer on (no browser running or anything requiring an internet connection), and he gave me a lift home. So this morning, I wake up, turn on my computer, and open Pidgin, my IM client. And I get a message from him, saying that somehow his internet connection was screwed up.

He uses a wireless connection from his router, which is also wired to a desktop. That was why he could still talk to me, his laptop wasn't receiving any signals from the router, even though it was right next to it. We eventually fixed it, by reinstalling the drivers and restarting the router.

So, my suspicion is that this was because the laptop died yesterday because of power, and corrupted the drivers for the router. My question is, is this possible? And if so, is it a likely occurrence?




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#2 10 years ago

I would think, however unlikely, that they may have become corrupt ( like you suspected ) . A sudden power outage for a second or two was enough to throw a friends router into disarray.




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#3 10 years ago

The router does not use drivers. The wireless card does.

I suspect that it may have caused the Network software to not properly refresh. Did you try "repairing" the connection from within Windows?




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#4 10 years ago
The router does not use drivers. The wireless card does.

Yeah, I know. The router was perfectly fine, he was using the internet through his desktop.

So it is possible for the drivers to become corrupt because it shut down due to lack of power?




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#5 10 years ago

No. For one thing, during a power outage your laptop would switch to battery power, and for another the operating system is designed to do a clean shutdown of the machine before the battery no longer has enough voltage to power the system. So yeah, a system driver being corrupted in that manner would be highly unlikely, bordering on impossible.

If there was indeed a power failure, it's much more likely that the router went offline temporarily and the laptop didn't attempt to re-acquire the connection.




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#6 10 years ago

No, no, there was no power outage. The laptop battery just ran out of power and died.

But if that didn't happen, can anyone suggest any likely cause for this?




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#7 10 years ago

I'd say the old connection settings were stored. Possibly the laptop went into Hibernation, instead of shutting down completely.

Then when the laptop was powered back up, there was an unexpected conflict, and it did not automatically reconnect.

Simply reconfiguring the settings for the card, and reconnecting should have fixed the problem.