Fix – Dell E1505 Intel Wireless Card Drops

Recently my girlfriends laptop has been unable to reach the internet via wireless.  The symptoms are pretty eratic and hard to tie down.  Initially web sites will load but after a couple minutes all network activity will drop.  The interesting piece is that the wireless signal and all monitoring details show as good.

Symptom: All wireless network packets are dropped 1 minute after connecting to wireless access point
Wifi Card: Intel Wireless Card 3945ABG
Laptop Model: Dell Inspiron E1505
Driver Version: 11.5.0.32 (9/26/2007, Intel)

Fix: Within the network adapters properties force the wireless card to only use 802.11G.

Update Wifi Properties

  1. Right click my computer and select Manage
  2. Select Device Manager and expand the Network section
  3. Right click the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless… adapter and select Properties
  4. On the Advanced tab scroll through the list of configuration options and select Wireless Mode
  5. Uncheck “use default value” and then select your wireless type ie. 802.11G etc.
  6. Click Ok and exit the computer management interface.
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Blackberry to iPhone Address Book Synchronization

I’ve run into my first issue with moving my contacts from my existing Blackberry 8810 to my new iPhone 3Gs. Based on my research the easiest way to sync my contacts is to sync them with Outlook then sync the iPhone with Outlook. The initial sync using Blackberry Desktop Manager fails with “Synchronization Warning”: “Because the application is configured for wireless synchronization, synchronization is currently unavailable”. Getting around this issue is quite simple and easy.

  1. Unlock blackberry
  2. Launch Address Book Application
  3. Launch the options menu by hitting the blackberry button to the left of the track ball
  4. Scroll down and select options
  5. Scroll and select Desktop
  6. Select Wireless Synchronization and toggle it to No
  7. Press the escape button found to the right of the track ball and select Save.
  8. Relaunch Blackberry Desktop Manager and perform the synchronization.
  9. Follow the above steps to place your device back in the proper state (Wireless Synchronization = Yes).

Synchronization Data Flow

Blackberry Manager Synchronization -> Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Outlook -> iPhone (via iTunes)

Sync with iPhone (Outlook -> iPhone)

  1. Launch iTunes
  2. Connect iPhone
  3. Click iPhone and select the info tab
  4. Place a check mark in the Sync with: Outlook option.
  5. Click Apply in the lower right corner
  6. Wait for synchronization to finish.

  7. Uncheck the sync with Outlook option and click apply.

Blackberry Desktop Manager Address Book Outlook Sync instructions can be found here:
http://www.rickysays.com/copy-contacts-from-blackberry-to-iphone

iPhone 3Gs – First Impressions

Background… coming from a first Gen iPhone I am stoked to be the new owner of a 3Gs iPhone.  I’m finally back in the game and will hopefully be creating some interesting posts for iPhone users as I learn more about the latest version of the iPhone and the 3.0 software release.  Most of my initial thoughts will be comparing my experience with the iPhone 2G to the current iPhone 3Gs.

  • Touch screen is MUCH faster and smother in responding
  • Home button is different and more flush with the screen
  • Fit and finish is improved
  • New default apps (Compass & Voice Memo)
  • Performance is much much improved.  I think Apple hit a home run by actually improving the hardware to meet the speeds capable of the 3G network.

Unboxing Pics:

It’s details like the key included in the last picture which set Apple apart from other hardware vendors.

Complaints…
Nearly none, my biggest at this point is that I am experiencing issues maintaining a connection with my wireless access point. This has been well documented in Apple discussion forums and a fix is not yet available.

Regarding the hardware my black iPhone is flawless, unfortunately my White iPhone is not. I found a series of hair line stress cracks around the base of the White phone. I’ll be exchanging it shortly so no biggie there.