Laptop drops wireless connection every minute?

I have a three year old Windows 7 laptop that up until last night has been running fine (relatively speaking). Now, regardless of where it is in the house, the laptop drops its connection to my wireless network (using WPA encryption on an AT&T Uverse router) every 60 seconds or so. After about another 60 seconds, it re-establishes the connection.

Other devices aren't affected. I've tried (1) updating the wireless driver, (2) checking power settings, (3) restarting everything, and (4) changing channels with no luck. General Internet searches haven't been very helpful so I thought someone here might be able to help.

FWIW - it's fuzzy but I believe I had this problem before and was able to resolve it. Just for the life of me can't figure out what I did.

Generally speaking, the problem is either hardware or software. What you could do is fire up a Ubuntu live cd (or other Linux distro, you just want to choose a major one to have the best shot of wifi support) and see if the wireless is flaky running under it. If you've never used one, it's simple, just download the latest desktop version from Ubuntu.com and burn to a cd. Then when you boot your computer, you should have some options on your manufacture splash screen to access the boot options and choose the cd. (since you are already updating drivers, you probably already know stuff like this, but if you need help post the model of your laptop)

You could also try a WIndows system restore to a point before the problems started happening, especially if it runs fine in a Linux environment.

If it flakes out in Linux too, then likely hardware related since other devices are connecting fine. You could try something like this as a cheap test: http://www.amazon.com/Edimax-EW-7811...

Hopefully that helps some.

BrandonCHFG wrote:

Generally speaking, the problem is either hardware or software. What you could do is fire up a Ubuntu live cd (or other Linux distro, you just want to choose a major one to have the best shot of wifi support) and see if the wireless is flaky running under it. If you've never used one, it's simple, just download the latest desktop version from Ubuntu.com and burn to a cd. Then when you boot your computer, you should have some options on your manufacture splash screen to access the boot options and choose the cd. (since you are already updating drivers, you probably already know stuff like this, but if you need help post the model of your laptop)

You could also try a WIndows system restore to a point before the problems started happening, especially if it runs fine in a Linux environment.

If it flakes out in Linux too, then likely hardware related since other devices are connecting fine. You could try something like this as a cheap test: http://www.amazon.com/Edimax-EW-7811...

Hopefully that helps some.

Thanks. I'll give it a shot!