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I have a server running Windows Server 2000, 6 workstations all running XP Pro over hard wired ethernet, and a laptop also running XP pro on a Wireless 802.11b connection.  All of the network equipment is Linksys, 11 mbps wireless, 10/100 wired.  There are 12 user accounts, and all users use all of the different workstations, hence roaming profiles.  All users login fine on the desktops, but every now and then they cannot login to the laptop, because it cannot find the user profile.

I don't believe this is because there is no internet connection, as you can login fine with some accounts, but not others.  Usually, the problem logging into the laptop over 802.11b happens with select users, mostly after they have just logged off of a desktop workstation.  It seems like the profile begins to login fine.. then hangs... then says it cant locat the copy of the profle.  Is it timing out?  Is it a problem copying the profile back to the server?

Anyone who can help, I really really really appreciate it.

Merry Christmas.
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What is the strength of the signal to the laptop, it could be a simple timeout as you say.  Would it be possible to connect the laptop via ethernet temporarily to see if the problem persists?
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that will be the next thing i try... there is an ethernet port nearby.. but ultimately wireless would be the best solution

If hard wired works I will try a signal booster, or maybe even repositioning the AP.

However, if not.. I am wondering if there is a problem sending the profiles back to the server on logoff?
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Are they allowing the systems to save settings and not just powering them off?  That can cause profile corruption and general ugliness.  I'd try a hardwire before troubleshooting too much, if that works you can be fairly certain that it's a wireless connection issue and not an AD issue.
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I hooked up with an ethernet cable, and it logged right in and loaded up the profile just like that.  I hooked up a linksys signal booster and now the connection is stable and much faster and logs in wirelessly like it should.  Maybe there were solar flares or something... it worked for 4 months before this.  Thanks for your help, BloodRed, I really appreicate it.  You're the man (or woman, you never know!).
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Man, thanks ;)  Glad it worked for ya!
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