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Sometimes a BSOD is good
« on: March 31, 2008, 12:23:50 PM »

Several months ago, the built-in wireless adapter in my POS HP notebook went out on me. Apparently, this is a common problem with HP notebooks. I didn't want to bother sending it in for service, so I decided to use a spare D-Link USB wireless adapter that I had. This damn thing gave me all kinds of grief from the get-go. Several times a day, the adapter would just die on me. It usually happened during bandwidth-intensive activities: downloading pirated MP3s, watching Internet pr÷˝, reading Aske's PBP threads, etc. Sometimes just yanking it out and putting it back into the USB port would resurrect it. I could tell how taxing the network traffic was on this adapter when this happened--it was always hot to the touch. Other times, unplugging/replugging didn't work, and it required a reboot. Total PITA, and I had to suffer through this for months.

Well, today I was downloading some files, moving files to the server, and running a software update simultaneously, when all of sudden I got a BSOD--probably the first one ever since I got this notebook. I'm thinking "Great. More wireless issues." I rebooted the computer and hoped this meant the death of my D-Link adapter so I would have an excuse for getting a new one. As Windows was starting up, I noticed a pop-up in tasktray. It said a new device was installed. It was the internal wireless adapter! It started working again. Unbelievable.

I don't know how long this is going to last before the internal adapter dies on me again (I have no doubt it will), but I'm going to enjoy a few hours/days of uninterrupted Internet connectivity.
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Re: Sometimes a BSOD is good
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2008, 12:26:25 PM »

i have to reset the tcp/ip stack 2-3x a week to make mine work
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Re: Sometimes a BSOD is good
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2008, 12:28:07 PM »

What's a BSOD?
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Re: Sometimes a BSOD is good
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2008, 12:28:41 PM »

What's a BSOD?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death
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Re: Sometimes a BSOD is good
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2008, 12:30:15 PM »

What's a BSOD?
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Re: Sometimes a BSOD is good
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2008, 12:32:24 PM »


LMAO!   Grin

I see.
I've never had one of those.
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Re: Sometimes a BSOD is good
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2008, 01:04:51 PM »

You must have some really incredible computer karma going for you.  I haven't seen one since I got my Mac (and only 2 or 3 system freezes).



edit:Meant 'haven't'.  Macs don't go to blue screen, just interminable pinwheel.
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Re: Sometimes a BSOD is good
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2008, 01:14:45 PM »

For a while, we were seeing the BSOD quite regularly.  'Course, that's 'cause we were using it as a screensaver... Cool
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Re: Sometimes a BSOD is good
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2008, 01:28:56 PM »

lol.  The healing version of the BSOD.

I'm packing an extra USB wireless adapter sometimes these days.  One of the rooms in our house gets spotty wifi, so when I'm in there, I connect my laptop to a wifi USB adapter attached to a honking large external antenna.
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2008, 02:53:01 PM »

I'm packing an extra USB wireless adapter


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One of the rooms in our house gets spotty wifi, so when I'm in there, I connect my laptop to a wifi USB adapter attached to a honking large external antenna.
Do tell (here or in a new thread).  I have to turn my desktop upstairs so that the back of it points at the door -- reception goes from "low" to "very good" just from that.  And if I sit in the path, signal strength drops.
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2008, 03:24:03 PM »

Do tell (here or in a new thread).  I have to turn my desktop upstairs so that the back of it points at the door -- reception goes from "low" to "very good" just from that.  And if I sit in the path, signal strength drops.

Ok, the story is a bit long, so I'll make a new thread about it later today.

(Teaser: It actually involves a really long (50 foot ethernet) cable)
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2008, 03:31:56 PM »

Do tell (here or in a new thread).  I have to turn my desktop upstairs so that the back of it points at the door -- reception goes from "low" to "very good" just from that.  And if I sit in the path, signal strength drops.

Ok, the story is a bit long, so I'll make a new thread about it later today.

(Teaser: It actually involves a really long (50 foot ethernet) cable)

 Laughing

Say, how can a guy go about inducing a BSOD on a laptop?  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2008, 03:35:38 PM »

I'm packing an extra USB wireless adapter


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One of the rooms in our house gets spotty wifi, so when I'm in there, I connect my laptop to a wifi USB adapter attached to a honking large external antenna.
Do tell (here or in a new thread).  I have to turn my desktop upstairs so that the back of it points at the door -- reception goes from "low" to "very good" just from that.  And if I sit in the path, signal strength drops.

must be the plate in your head.  Shocked

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Re: Sometimes a BSOD is good
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2008, 04:08:29 PM »


(Teaser: It actually involves a really long (50 foot ethernet) cable)

You see?  I was right a long time ago.  It's all about long cables. Grin
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Re: Sometimes a BSOD is good
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2008, 05:23:14 PM »

You lost me after...

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