I am having the most ridiculous problems with my wifi adapters.

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  1. LordTacoXII

    LordTacoXII New Member

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    Alright, so some background nformation to start off with. I was just recently forced into updating to windows 8.1. Now, I've been having wifi connection issues since the beginning of the year, but it seems to have taken off exponentially since the update.
    I'm currently using my college's wifi, as its the only free wifi near me and I'm pretty poor, so I can't just get my own. That means, no hard wire Internet or the ability to reset the wifi router. That shouldn't matter though, as my iPad (what I'm currently writing on) has no issues connecting to the Internet at all. The college wifi uses a unique VPN system to log people onto a specific account to keep track of who is using the wifi etc. if they were just screwing with me by shutting off my connection, it would affect my iPad as well, as they both use the same account, but again, iPad has no issues.
    I actually have two adapters; I thought at first that the onboard wifi adapter my desktop came with was just really shitty (seeing as how desktops rarely come with onboard wifi nowadays) and I ended up buying a USB wifi adapter to try and see if that fixed the issue. It did not. ( I only have one running at a time, the onboard is usually disabled unless I'm using it when the new one doesnt seem to be working- and yes, both their drivers are completely up to date.)
    Eventually, usually anywhere from a whole minute to a couple hours after booting up my computer, the wifi starts going nuts- the adapter resets a couple of times, flash based video crashes, etc. etc. and then the wifi just quits. When I try to load a page or refresh there's just an instantaneous "can't connect" message that shows up- as if no effort went into trying to connect at all. Sometimes the message says I'm not connected to a network at all, even if the icon on the task bar says there's no issues with my connection.
    I've tried countless fixes- all drivers are up to date, troubleshooting just resets the adapters (which rarely ever fixes the problem; either tells me the default gateway isn't available or dns isn't working or my adapters don't have a valid IP address without fixing any problems) restarting the computer doesn't usually do anything, and trying to manually reset the ip (via command prompt or adapter settings in the network area under control panel) doesn't help either. (Set that back to automatically obtain after I messed with it. Still didn't fix it.)
    I'm at my wits end here- it's been months of off-on wifi stability and I kind of need Internet access for school work, and yet no one out there seems to have quite the same issues as me. Any help at all would be welcome at this point.
    I don't know if this is related either, but when I use my USB adapter, it occasionally just stops working at random times, and further research showed that the 'Texas instruments USB 3.0 handler by Microsoft' stopped working- I fixed that by uninstalling/reinstalling though, and it hasn't been an issue since- not that the USB wifi adapter started to work afterwards. That's still not working right.
     
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    If this computer has ever had any third party Security Suites installed..... Norton / Symantec, McAfee, AVG, Avira, Avast, Comodo, Vipre, etc., etc...... or has any such program currently installed, please remove it / them.
    Google for the vendor specific proprietary removal tools and run them as well, most of the top tier AV Software vendors have such a tool.]
    Examples:
    https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/home/current/solutions/kb20080710133834EN_EndUserProfile_en_us
    http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS101331
    http://www.avg.com/us-en/utilities
     
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    Regrettably uninstalling norton has made literally no difference. I used that tool and norton was the only antivirus I had on this thing. Every single aforementioned issue is still occurring. I forgot to mention last time what make my adapters are-
    The onboard adapter is a Ralink RT3290 802.11bgn Wi-Fi adapter and the USB one is a D-Link DWA-160 Xtreme N Dual Band USB Adapter(rev.B2).
    Dunno if that helps.
     
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    LordTacoXII New Member

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    It didn't end up helping :/
     
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    Try disabling IPv6 for the time being and see if that provides any relief from the problem.
    Hold the Windows Logo Key and strike the R key and type
    ncpa.cpl
    Hit enter or click OK
    In the resultant window, select then right click the problem WiFi adapter and choose properties.
    In the box labeled "This connection uses the following items:"
    Scroll as needed and uncheck Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)
    And reboot your computer.
     
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    LordTacoXII New Member

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    I might have been a bit hasty disregarding the norton advice. It was still screwy for a day or two after the fact, but it's been almost two days now without an 'episode'. Maybe that did it after all? Hopefully, anyways. I'll pop back if it didn't, but either way thanks for all your help!
     

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