wondering if I should replace wifi card, connection very unstable

I bought a used Dell Latitude 800. Wifi will connect, but drops connection after less than 1mb of transfer. Looks stable until I try to download/upload anything. Begins transfer, then red X across the connection. After a while (or a reboot) it connects again. This is a fresh install of Windows XP. Does it sound like I just need to replace the wifi card?
Brad BansnerWeb DeveloperAsked:
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selvolCommented:
Well , it all depends of what and where the router you are connecting to is located.  Many factors are involved.
 
 
ShutDown, unplug and remove the battery,
On the bottom of the Laptop there is a small panel. Use a phillips screwdriver to remove the screw(s).
In side is the card. There should be two wirs 1 black and 1 grey. But color may very. Make sure they are plugged into the card.
Make sure they are seated in the very small rf connectors on the card...
 
See the two gold round connectors at the top inside middle? THose are the connectors.
If the card is 802.11B or G. You might want to upgrade.
 
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Brad BansnerWeb DeveloperAuthor Commented:
My in-home network works fine with 3 other computers, so I don't think interference or signal strength is the issue. I've tried it at several locations. My guess is that the card is the next thing to try replacing, unless you have a better suggestion.

I did what you said. The gold connectors look fine. The card is a Dell WM3A2100. I would think if it wasn't connected right, I would get zero signal, but I am able to download some data.

http://www.5rprocessors.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=172&idcategory=44

I guess its 802.11b. What should I upgrade to?

I am mainly a Macintosh user, so I'm unfamiliar with some of the terminology when it comes to Windows components. If you are able to suggest a good replacement, I would appreciate it.
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selvolCommented:
IThe adapters I use are the Linksys WUSB600N. This is a USB dual band adapter, both 2.4 and 5 GHz, and supports all current technologies, 802.11b/g/a/n.  
It will also Capture Packets with aircrack. For wireless security On YOUR network.
 
The reason I suggest USB is you can place it in a spot. Or move it if needed.
All in all a great card.
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Brad BansnerWeb DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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selvolCommented:
Glad I could assist.
 
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