Ever since I restore Windows Vista from the image disc just 2 weeks ago, I face frequent annoying wireless disconnection. My last installation of Windows Vista based on the “image” disc did not exhibit the wireless problem as I’m facing in latest restore. I’m not sure if active Windows Update which patch Windows Vista constantly is the culprit for the wireless disconnection.
Anyway, the following is the symptoms I experience:
- While surfing the internet, the browser will sometime fail to load the page, however a reload operation will rectify it.
- After sometime, the wireless will fail suddenly and only a Windows restart will make it work again. If the wireless fails, no amount of diagnose/repair, reconnect operation will make the wireless works again even though Windows report that the wireless connection is working properly. The only viable action is to restart the Windows again which incurs more than 5 mins of shutting down and restarting for my system.
Hence, if you experience the same problem as me, you can try the following solutions which I use to mitigate the wireless disconnection (Yes, I still experience disconnection but it definitely rarer than before)
- Update Windows to latest Service Pack for bug fixes.
This works wonder, and in fact, after a recent update to Windows Vista Service Pack 1, virtually wireless disconnection problem just simply disappear. If you are experiencing constant disconnection, this should be the first step you need to do (if you haven’t).
Subsequently, if all else fails, try the following solutions
Go to Device Manager (Control Panel –> System –> Device Manager) and activate Properties for the wireless hardware.
- Update the latest driver from the internet OR
- Uncheck the option <Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power>.
In fact, unchecking this option is the most important as I discover that even if I update to the latest driver while leaving this option checked, the wireless connection will still be unstable. Hence if you experience frequent and unstable wireless disconnection, you should try to turn off power saving for the wireless hardware as power-saving “bug” is one of the major sources of wireless disconnection.