Given how smoothly Windows 7 had been running on the NC10, I really did not think twice about updating to the (unofficially released) latest version 7057. Windows 7 is still peppy and I’m running the Ultimate version on the netbook rather than the more limited version which is likely to come pre-installed on most future netbooks. I have not had a chance to test whether power management has been improved in this build but plan to do do shortly.
I did my update last Sunday and then Monday flew to London. I noticed a network problem immediately on Sunday evening but thought it was my usually very reliable cable connection rather than my computer. I did not have time to really test things out and instead rebooted the cable modem and went to bed. The next day I was completely unable to connect to Boingo at JFK and only after a reboot did things work. My time was limited so I checked a few messages and boarded the plan. At my hotel in London is where I finally realized the problem was consistently related to the new Windows 7 build. Both my wireless and wired connection options were dropping after about 30 minutes and given the hassle of frequent reboots I chose to just leave the NC10 in the safe and use my work machine instead. This morning however back at home, Iâ€™ve had time and the patience to try and few things and it seems Iâ€™ve solved the matter for real â€¦
Windows comes with itâ€™s own generic drivers and I had them running alongside my Atheros Driver from Samsung though the Atheros was the preferred choice. I guessed there was a conflict between the two and decided to remove the Atheros via the Setup utility (in the installer download). When the Windows 7 generic driver also failed to stay connected I removed that as well and then re-installed the Atheros driver â€“ leaving just that as my only wireless connection option.
Iâ€™m happy to report that after over an hour of connectivity I am still connected and there are no detectable issues. Previously I would see the Yellow Caution Triangle appear on my wireless signal meter within 15-30 minutes killing the connection. Clearly beta is beta though with a bit of troubleshooting Windows 7 is back online reliably.