Picasa 3 / Dell InternetWriteFail

I don’t really know what’s going on here but I thought I’d put this up to see if anyone else has the same problem or any idea what’s goings going on. For a couple of years I’ve been using Picasa and Picasa Web Albums to organise my photos and back them up to Googles servers. I’d always had trouble uploading the photos with timeouts and stuff but recently it had been getting worse taking over 8 hours to upload 10 photos after numerous retries.

In the end I turned to the help forums and after hours of digging through posts I could see people having the same problems but no real solutions, I’d tried reinstalling, etc. and didn’t want to face rebuilding the face tags and geo tags I’d carefully done over the years.  One of the more radical things I tried was replacing my ageing Linksys router with a new Netgear one only to find that wasn’t the problem – then someone suggested trying the upload while wired into the router rather than wirelessly – BANG all the uploads went through in about 30 seconds!

Problem now confined to the laptops wireless connection – I dont know what to do about it but if you have a Dell Studio 17 with WiFi/Bluetooth mini card and you are having problems that could be your only solution. I have no problem with FTP or Dropbox or any other kind of software ONLY PICASA.

Anyway, for now I’m happy to carry on plugging in whenever I need to upload, if anyone has a solution please let me know below!