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    Laptop wont connect to wireless after standby

    I have a toshiba Tecra A8 running XP, which when left to go into standy by disconnects its wireless, when it comes out of standby it wont reconnect, i am forced to restart any ideas?

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    Re: Laptop wont connect to wireless after standby

    Don't let it go into standby.

    Change the settings for the card to not allow it to be turned off to save power.

    What card is it? what access point?

    What wireless security?

    Ben

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    Re: Laptop wont connect to wireless after standby

    I get the same problem sometimes. I've got round it by doing as plexer just said.

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    Re: Laptop wont connect to wireless after standby

    D-link 2100 access point, Intel Pro wireless 3945ABG, shared wep security,

    ive turned off standby to work around the problem, but wud like to get tou the bottom of it all the same.

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    Re: Laptop wont connect to wireless after standby

    Dan,

    Have you updated the drivers for the wireless card, this is the usual issues when it comes to wireless cards. Try the latest driver from Intel.

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    Re: Laptop wont connect to wireless after standby

    Yes latest drivers, same problem...

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    Re: Laptop wont connect to wireless after standby

    BIOS update for the laptop? other than this i don't what you can do, except to find if there is a patch for the OS i.e. windows xp or something.

    Ash.

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    Re: Laptop wont connect to wireless after standby

    you need to restart the wireless service from the Admin Tools

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    Re: Laptop wont connect to wireless after standby

    I couldn't get some of the Intel Pro cards to work with the D-Link 2100 aps, despite updating drivers. I found it would only try to connect after you had logged on (Which is pretty useless on a domain) and, as you said, it would take a lot to make it reconnect. In the end, I disabled it and put in external cards. My laptop has a slightly different model and it works fine.

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    Re: Laptop wont connect to wireless after standby

    It's all to do with the make and model of the wireless card, the spec of the laptop, and when XP loads wireless into the network stack.

    The majority of the time it will be transparent, but by and large wireless loads too late to apply machine based group policy anyhow and logon is using cached credentials.

    There is third party software to get around this (HP do one for their cards and so do Intel), these can be set to wait until the wireless is up before showing the login prompt.

    Other problems you can get are down to things like channel affinity where the wireless card will still be trying to connect to ....... that access point...... way over there........... even though there is a perfectly good one 10 feet away.

    General rule of thumb - onboard is usually better than plug-in
    Use the latest drivers - standardise on one manufacturer that you know is reliable.

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