wireless drops conneciton except in Counter-Strike

Loco3KGT

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my friend has a laptop with a wireless NIC. His file dowloads, AIM, almost everything cuts out constantly every few minutes. Counter-Strike on the otherhand works non-stop flawlessly. Not even so much as sudden packetloss.

My hypothesis was that due to a "feature" in WinXP, it was constantly searching for a better WLAN and caused him to drop his connection. The new hypothesis is that XP won't search for a new network if UDP/IP is active.

I can have his machine constantly ping yahoo! and that isn't enough to keep his connection alive. I turned off the feature of WinXP constantly looking for a new WLAN and that worked, but only last about 7 hours before the process repeated itself.

I've got a driver for him to try (but I can't guarantee it's newer than the one he has), and I intend to make sure I've still deactivated WLAN searching when he wakes up. But does anyone else have any other ideas?

His sister has the *exact* same laptop, but no problem. His signal strength in his bedroom is typically 3 out of 5 bars, or "Good".
 

WW

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what nic? what router? check the manufacturer's web site for firmware updates and driver updates for the nic and the router.

maybe the sister's laptop has the updated firmware/driver...does she have xp as well? does she have the same nic? can you swap nics to see if the problem follows the card?