So, I bought a slim a few years back, after having my old XBox, which replaced my original Elite that crapped out on me. Recently, I noticed that my network kept dropping. After resetting my router and rebooting the XBox, all was well. I figured one of the devices probably just needed dhcp refreshed/renewed so it could grab a new ip address. However, then things got a bit weirder. It would drop off-line at random times and then sometimes, we would start it up and it wouldn't work for a number of hours. We would watch a DVD or something and after an hour or so, it would come back up and this was happening nearly every single day.
Then one day, I couldn't get it to work at all. Ran a 25' ethernet able across the living room and it worked fine. There are no obstructions and there is nothing but air between my router and XBox. There are a number of overlapping APs and I have my router set to channel 11 to avoid most of it.
When I select wireless and try to default the wireless network, none show up. I used to be able to see every wireless connection in the neighborhood. I live in an apartment complex that has quite a few other AP's around and I can see them with my wireless tools, laptop, and phone just fine.
When I select Wireless to find my access point with the XBox, it tells me that I need a wireless adapter and will not detect any other AP's around me. It is as though it isn't even plugged in.
So, being that my XBox is most likely out of warranty anyway, I tried a few things. I read that sometimes having it plugged into a bad wall outlet could cause it to lack enough power for the wireless card, so I attempted another wall jack. I also read that sometimes HDMI can cause an issue so I went back to standard VGA. I read that sometimes re-seating the 250GB HDD can do the trick so I attempted to pull that out and re-seat it. Nothing worked, so I pulled off the side panel and removed the internal wireless card and re-seated it. Still nothing. We used to have a Play and Trade that could fix issues like this, but they recently went out of business.
At this point, it kind-of narrows the potential problems down to a bad card, a bad internal bus, or a bad connector. I've seen a card on Amazon but they cost about $55 or so and I don't want to spend that much just to find out that it might be a bad connector.
So here is what I'm running:
XBox 360, 250 GB Slim with Internal Wireless Adapter. It is the shiny one and the HDD was NOT purchased separate.
Motorolla SB5100 Surfboard Cable Modem
Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G router
I use Cable One as my ISP service and I have the 5MB cable only plan.
I have also opened all necessary ports, switched channels to avoid overlap, and have it secured with WPA2 with WEP encryption. I normally hide my SSID and use MAC address filtering for all devices and also allow DHCP to only use up to 7 or so ip addresses for wireless and the rest are all on static IP addresses to keep things smooth and stable, however I have disabled these functions for the time being to test the device out.
Is there a way that I can purchase JUST the card on the cheap or to test the card to see if it is malfunctioning? Is there something that I may have disabled or a system file that could have become corrupted?