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Windows 7: (Hopefully) Final network issue


21 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
(Hopefully) Final network issue

If by some chance, you've seen all three of my posts, you know I've been having network issues. The first was slow speeds, the second was destroying my adapter trying to fix the slow speeds, and this one - now that the network works again, better than before, I am trying to figure out some things.

When I open any webpage in firefox or IE8, it only sometimes loads. Half the time, the progress bar will sit about halfway loaded, then eventually give a cannot connect to webpage error, and then when I refresh it will load almost instantly. The second problem is streaming of any sort, and downloading. Streaming from any site, no matter how "fast" it is (youtube vs, say, MSN), takes forever. I click play, it will buffer 1 second...play one second...buffer for 15 seconds and gain about 3 seconds of playable material. Occasionally, it will completely stop buffering and I will have to refresh the page to try again. Also, something strange on youtube for me is that I have to wait until the video is completely done buffering to click on any other links on the page. For example, if I am watching X video, I have to wait until it is done buffering to click on and have Y video successfully load. Then it just repeats the buffering issue again. Note that I can use "copy link location" options in firefox, restart the browser, and then paste it back in to get it to load without having the first video buffer all the way (Sorry if that was a bit confusing, it's an odd problem). Downloading aspect is that it will start out fine (still with cruddy download speeds, 230 kb vs advertised 10 mb), then drop to 0 kbps and then eventually give me a cannot read source file. This applies to everything, essentially, from youtube (I download the videos to watch instead of waiting 30 minutes for a 2 minute video to load), to rapidshare and mediafire and even simple driver downloads. I think that is everything, if I remember something else I'll edit it ;P

I can't test the connection with an ethernet cable until basement construction is finished, and I can run an ethernet cable up from the new media center to my room. I am using the adapter "Atheros 802.11 a/b/g/n Dualband Wireless Network Module" that came installed with vista x64 on the original computer, which I upgraded to windows 7 and installed the "Original Atheros Wireless LAN Driver" for windows 7 found here, which I then updated with drivergenius professional edition to the most recent version (yeah, I actually paid money to try and get this fixed...).

The only other thing I can think of which may be an issue, if the build of windows 7. Every except the network is fully functional, so I am pretty sure that's not it. Here is a SS just to be sure. http://img683.imageshack.us/img683/4840/buildx.jpg


Any questions, just ask. I really will try and help get this problem solved.


Edit #1: I have a laptop, from HP, with vista x32 on the same network. Runs beautifully, buffers fine, nice download speeds, and all the extra fluff that you can add to this list. But it has a different adapter, so that's why I'm thinking something is going on with the atheros. If you think that's the problem too, can you point me to a good non-usb wireless adapter?

Edit #2: http://hotfile.com/dl/21428533/71530...hingy.zip.html <-- zip files captured with the problem steps recorder, has something to do with the event log.

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21 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Could you let us know what make/model router you have ?
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21 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

NETGEAR - RangeMax 802.11g Wireless Router - WPN824



I believe it's this one. I just noticed under user reviews that it says something about windows 7 incompatibility. Unfortunately, my father bought this, and often just looks at the box and buys. No presearch :P
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21 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Depending on which ver you have there are some firmware updates that might help
Win 7 shouldn't have a problem with this router... I have used a RangeMax on Windows 7 before with no problems

WPN824 RangeMax firmware

NB. Follow the instructions carefully. Firmware updates can render your device useless if done incorrectly. But let us know how it goes.
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21 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I just checked the routers firmware, it's the most recent. Turns out it's a WPN824v3. Any other suggestions?
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22 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

*hopefully will bump this, if it doesn't oh well *
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02 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Any luck resolving the issue? I have something similar with a brand new HP Desktop that came installed with Windows 7. Of course HP tech support is useless.
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06 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It was, indeed, the router

Of course having all the drivers updates should help, too.
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06 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Yup it was the router, exactly the problem I said it was in the first place about a month ago. So much outdated hardware lately it's difficult to keep up with what works and what won't anymore.

It's easy to check and see if your router is compatible or not Beach Gnome, just use the guide in the link below.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/com...?type=Hardware

It's fairly accurate for checking your hardware's compatiblity.
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09 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Thanks for the follow up. I checked my router and it isn't compatible. I guess I am router shopping this weekend. Thanks again.
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