I am trying to fix my cousins computer, and for the love of god I have never seen a weaker wifi signal.
Compared to my old Dell B130, fathers day special from 2003, his wifi is utterly inferior. I have five bars as I write this, and this gateway just wont stay above 2 bars no matter what I do (I havent tried going into the garage where the router is forever to stay)
The problem is the Gateway wont even try to connect 90% of the time, even at this mediocre range of 50'. I have read similiar threads, but some have this problem and others do not. This computer was recently fixed at a repair shop for want of better wifi, however it seems to be a factory issue.
What is the problem here, is it the Vista Premium? I have never seen a computer have such a finicky wifi connection, its really bothering me, money is an issue and I just hope I can fix this for free.
Is it driver related? Is it OS related? The power saving is OFF, I have firewall OFF, I have turned off or at least I think gotten rid of windows defender, and nothing is helping this gateway stay online. I intend to put everything back the way it was ONCE I DETERMINE IT TO BE A WIFI CARD PROBLEM.
Sound is crackly as well, not a codec issue im afraid, just really cheap speakers and I reckon I will pursue this at a later date...
Thanks in advance, also I have read about a dozen threads on this and there is no way this is just my problem, its nerve racking because every thread I have read some guy has said 'Oh no way, theres no problem la-dee-da etc, I KNOW THESE GUYS HAVE THIS PROBLEM, AND ITS REAL FOR GOD SAKES DO NOT SUGAR COAT
EDIT: Its a Gateway Notebook MT3707