Slow windows XP boot with Belkin 54g Wireless Adapter?

Posted on 2006-04-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
Hi guys

I have a Belkin Wireless PCI adapter running on Windows XP Pro. When disabled my windows boot is very quick. If i enable the wireless card and reboot, it takes a couple of mintes longer.

Why would this be the case?

All my other wireless adapters in my notebooks and other PC all boot fine when enabled.

Cheers for any suggestions

Question by:DavidMein
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    Accepted Solution

    If it is connecting to a wireless access point in your home ( a private network) then you may want to use a static ip address for its TCP/IP settings as opposed to DHCP. Record anything down before you change it.

    If it is for some sort of wireless isp, then you might be able to disable it from autoconnecting in its software, and manually connect to it when your desktop loads.

    You may also want to disable any security suites from starting up with your computer to test for some sort of driver conflicts too; the windows firewall can be disabled from starting up with the computer from the services.  Sometimes other security applications can be disabled from a msconfig screen.

    (Windows) Start menu --> run --> msconfig --> Startup tab
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    Expert Comment

    are you  using something that involves 802.1X (WPA, WPA2, Dynamic WEP) your users may be authenticating.


    Author Comment

    changed to static ip and seems to have finxed the problme


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    Expert Comment

    Thanks Duncan

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    The laptop I was working on would hang for at least a couple of minutes after the background picture showed up, beforethe icons and taskbar would appear.  I could turn off the workstation service or disable the wireless adaptor to get rid of the delay but neither was acceptable due to the loss of functionality.

    There were 4 saved profiles in the Windows wireless that were set to connect automatically.  It turns out the delay was due only to our home wirless WEP profile.  I set that profile to only connect on demand.  Now at home we have to click connect to connect to the wireless network and it connects right away.  I hate that we have to click connect now, but it's better than the long delay at bootup.

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