I have a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop running Windows XP. It has an Dell Truemobile 1300 internal mini-pci wifi card. This card works okay but it seems flaky at times and will drop the signal for seemingly no reason.
When I purchased the computer a few years ago I had the choice of getting either the 1300 or the 1400 wifi card and I got the 1300, it was slightly cheaper. After that, I had uneven wireless performance, sometimes pretty good, sometimes it would just die. On a Dell message board, some claimed the 1300 was a lemon and others said it was fine.1400 owners seemed happier with their cards.
I've updated drivers for the 1300 and it works okay but still loses its network connections sometimes. At home there are three computers that share a Netgear wireless router. One is a desktop computer that has an external usb wireless device and it always works great, never any drops. I could get one of those but I only have two usb ports and don't want to use a hub for this.
So I thought about getting a 1400 wifi card if I could find one for the right price. So far I haven't found one, but Dell has a lot of different mini-pci wifi cards. I found a Dell Truemobile 1470 wifi card for sale, the seller claims it is compatible with my laptop even though Dell doesn't claim this on their web site.
Are all of the Dell mini-pci wifi cards basically interchangeable and just need different drivers? I don't want to throw good money after bad. Heck, I'd be happy to keep the wifi card I have if I could just make it work more reliably and a little faster.
Thanks for any help you can give!
-- David Swanger firstname.lastname@example.org