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Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

Posted by: Stephen C.      13 Jan 2011 @ 14:25
Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

I cannot get the IP address and wifi working since the LAN connection disappears. Cannot even log onto the 192.168.0.1 site to fix. I have a packard Bell. I re-connect via another Dell pc and its fine. Then wire it back to mine and nothing, loses it again. Have spent hours onto Orange who say they often have issues with their connections on Packard Bells (now they tell me) and they rec I get a new pc! Can it be fixed at all as dont want to spend on a new pc? Thanks Stephen

Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      13 Jan 2011 @ 15:34
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

I think the notion that Packard bell laptops give problems with wireless is ridiculous. I suppose there could be a generation of PB laptops with a built-in wireless adaptor that does give problems, though I have never met one. If so, you could use a USB wireless adaptor instead. Otherwise call out a PCIQ Engineer because with this sort of problem there are so many possible causes it is difficult to deal with on a forum.

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Reply by: Stephen C .      13 Jan 2011 @ 15:39
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

Thanks but its not a laptop. And its hard wired as has no wifi connections. Interesting what you say on PB though. Makes sense rather than blame the box perse!
Thinking of taking into PC World service desk.

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Reply by: Richard B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Edinburgh, EH1      13 Jan 2011 @ 15:53
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

Faulty network card...

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Reply by: Stephen C .      13 Jan 2011 @ 16:04
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

Thanks but what is this network card and are they easy to replace - can I buy and install myself and is it expensive?
Thanks
S

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      13 Jan 2011 @ 20:05
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

he means the network port on the motherboard is faulty. They do tend to fail on PB machines - usually because they tend to use cheap motherboards with an SiS chipset (though Realtek ones go as well)
Solution is to disable the onboard network card in the BIOS, and then fit a PCI card with a replacement network port - and plug the cable into that. The cards cost around £15 max, and the labour is around ten minutes - unless theres something else wrong as well. Of course if you don't know how to do it, get help. Don't go to PCWorld - raise a callout at our home page
Its what we do. And we are cheaper than PCWorld

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Reply by: Alan D. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Oakham, LE15      13 Jan 2011 @ 21:32
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

When connecting a wifi link to an Orangebox for the first time, you have to press a button on the Orangebox, and then have about 60 seconds to establish the connection. Without pressing the button, it will not allow an unknown device to connect. When you press the button, the flashing lights pattern on the top of the box should change. Does it?

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      13 Jan 2011 @ 21:39
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

Alan (and all)
Stephen stated in his second post that its a cabled connection, not wireless. The title of his initial post is wrong. Or else he's doing a heck of a job of totally confusing us

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Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      13 Jan 2011 @ 22:36
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

If you have a problem connecting at home it is surely best to go with an engineer who can visit you at home.

Wifi means wireless. WiFi is there in the title and in the text of the question. And even though it turns out Stephen is trying to make a hard-wired connection, my advice to use a USB wireless adaptor instead holds good.

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Reply by: Stephen C .      14 Jan 2011 @ 07:59
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

Would this D Link be suitable and afterbremoving thenexisting card would I need to disable in Devices (although itnwould try to re install when starts next?) or in bios?

D-Link DFE-530TX 10/100Mbps PCI Ethernet Adapter Card
by D-Link

Thanks all.
S

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Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      14 Jan 2011 @ 08:34
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

Yes, that card would do fine. You don't need to worry about your existing card/port and if you can remove it then you have a very old computer indeed - the Ethernet port has been built-in to the motherboard for many years now. You can disable the old port or just ignore it.

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Reply by: Stephen C .      14 Jan 2011 @ 10:22
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

Thanks Alan. Its a 2005 model and maybe I identified the wrong part and it's built into motherboard. To recap then, disable existing card in bios (assume its an easy thing to click after pressing f1 when loading)install disc for new drivers then the new pci board and connect ethernet lead.
Sounds too easy...
Stephen

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      14 Jan 2011 @ 10:34
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

1) disable existing socket in BIOS (though you don't really need to do that if its too much hassle)
2) fit new card
3) turn on computer
4) fit cable

Windows XP or later has virtually all the drivers required for most 100Mb/s cards. Its very unlikely you will need to install anything

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Reply by: Stephen C .      14 Jan 2011 @ 16:08
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

Thank you, you have all been so helpful and it's much appreciated.
Shall get on this at weekend.
S



Best
S

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      14 Jan 2011 @ 18:29
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

suggest you watch this video first

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Reply by: Stephen C .      16 Jan 2011 @ 10:32
RE: Orange wifi on Packard Bell ?

Just one final thing. In the amazon comments (take a look) there are a few comments that say regardless of what the pc says it has found regarding drivers, ensure you install the new drivers via the supplied disc anyway, to have it all work properly and secure into the future. any worries with doing this and if so, would I do this prior to putting in the lead or does that not matter? s

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