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Wi-Fi dongle fails


Clapton is God
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My O/S is Win 7 Professional 64 Bit.

I've had a Dell Inspiron 620 for less than a month. Because I found Dell's onboard wireless less than useless (IF it picked up the signal from my TalkTalk router it usually dropped out after a few seconds) I installed a Netgear USB wi-fi dongle which I'd previously used with no problems on an XP machine.

My annoyance (rather than problem) is that the Netgear doesn't always fire up first time when I switch on the PC. This is solved by briefly unplugging the Netgear's USB for a few seconds and then plugging it back in.

This is an annoyance rather than a problem but I wonder if members might have suggestions or a fix so that the Netgear fires up first time every time.

The only available option in the Netgear's power settings is "Allow the computer to turn off this device" which is de-selected.

I'm loathe to update the driver but any suggestions will be welcomed.

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onthelimit1

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I wouldn't rely on Windows to know if there is an update - a check with Netgear to be certain would make sense to me.

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Clapton is God

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buteman All USB controllers are OK in Device Manager - no exclamation marks.

I've already disabled the onboard wireless and the Netgear doesn't even appear in msconfig.

onthelimit1 Will do.

I did swap the Netgear to another USB port before shutting down last night and it fired up first time this morning - but there's no guarantee it'll do that next time I turn the PC on!

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buteman

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Checked my daughters computer last night and she has a D-link thing on Start up in msconfig.Now I am not sure if that is just for updates or if it is needed to run at start up.

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