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  1. Ultimately, I solved the issue by buying a TP-Link Archer USB WiFi Adapter. Also, two weeks ago, I bought a new Linksys dual band router. I am getting a rock solid 150 Mbps connection on my system with 5.0 Ghz network, and I am connecting to Comcast at about 109 Mbps with 100 Mbps service. The odd thing is, my TP-Link USB WiFi Adapter seems to be rock steady at 150 Mbps. Placing my old Toshiba laptop in the same spot, the adapter will report varying connection speeds between 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps on the same 5.0 Ghz network. What gives? My desktop won't go above 150 Mbps but never goes below, either. Doesn't fluctuate at all.
  2. Well, I was just streaming a YouTube video and my connectivity dropped from 72 Mbps to 5.5 Mbps. I took some screenshots. 2 screenshots with bad connectivity and 2 screenshots with good connectivity. The amount of wireless networks picked up does vary. In one screenshot there are 3 networks, in another screenshot there are 8 networks, and then I saw around 18 or so (just an estimate) but they dropped off before I was able to take a screenshot. At any one time, there was only one overlapping network, but that comes and goes. I was able to "revive" the network by disabling and enabling the network card. I took the "GOOD" screenshots AFTER taking the "BAD" screenshots. I should note, I ran a speedtest on my phone while my desktop computer was having issues, and this issue does NOT affect all devices on the network. I took a speed test on my phone sitting at my desk where my desktop computer is and then another speed test within a few feet of my wireless router and it was relatively unchanged, around 30 Mbps during both tests! What do you make of this? Let me know if you require any additional info! Thanks.
  3. Here's something else I just noticed. I was watching a youtube video and it briefly stopped so I checked my connection status in control panel. I was connected at 144 Mbps but the signal strength was NADA. I wonder if it attempted to switch over to 40 Mhz or something. Either way, it went back down to 72 Mbps with full signal strength bars. Doesn't explain the drop to 5.5 Mbps which will be coming eventually.
  4. I have been chasing an issue here for a couple of months. To be honest, I did not really recognize it prior to the Windows 10 Creator's update, but I can't verify this for sure. I know a lot of folks had networking problems after the Creator's update. I'm not sure if my issue pertains to that or if it is a coincidence. I am running a Windows 10 Pro machine with a Broadcom BCM43142 802.11 bgn Wi-Fi Adapter. I am also using a Linksys E1200 Wireless N router which is updated to the latest firmware. I have a MAC Address filter for only allowing certain wireless devices to connect and also use WPA2-Personal security on top of that for added security. My internet speeds in all actuality are somewhere around 50 Mbps from Comcast cable. The problem I am having is that my network connectivity speed will consistently drop down to 5.5 Mbps, verified through Window's Control Panel. This is not using a speed test online through my browser, but rather viewing the WiFi status window through Network and Sharing in control panel. Due to this issue, I am always checking. I can tell when it drops because streaming videos will stop/start and web pages will take longer to load. I have unchecked that Windows can set my Broadcom WiFi card to sleep to save power, and I have tried messing around with the advanced settings in device manager for the Broadcom WiFi card. I first started resetting my Linksys E1200 WiFi router, which would correct the problem. I was also tweaking with the settings, changing the channel number, or just leaving it on AUTO. That really makes no difference. The Linksys E1200 is also set to 20/40 mhz auto, but seems to settle on 20 mhz in the Linksys system status. I also have my Linksys E1200 set to N Only so that it is not in mixed mode. However, recently I am not so sure that the problem necessarily lies with the Linksys router. I can disconnect/reconnect my Desktop computer from the network, and/or disable/enable the WiFi card and the speeds will increase back up to 72 Mbps. In the past I did see this connection speed maxing out at 150 Mbps but I have not seen that speed in more than a few weeks now. Basically, once the speed drops to 5.5 Mbps it will not go back up unless I disconnect and reconnect to the network. In my home, I pretty much only have 7 devices connected to the network via WiFi. This includes my desktop computer, cell phone, WiFi thermostat, and 4 WiFi security cameras. Unfortunately, nothing is connected to the router via Ethernet cable due to the layout of the home and the location of the WiFi devices. Is my Router dying or is it something with my Broadcom WiFi card? I was thinking about upgrading to a dual-band router, maybe even with Wireless AC, but I wasn't sure if that would fix the problem. Obviously, the dual band network with 5 Ghz connectivity might benefit me but Wireless AC wouldn't since I do not have any Wireless AC compatible devices at the moment. Please let me know what you think is going on. It is very frustrating, as I have to disconnect/reconnect VERY often. It has almost become second nature for me when I am using my desktop computer. PS, I just noticed that my desktop is currently connected at 5.5 Mbps. inSSIDer Home is currently giving me a link score of 100! That is the highest I have ever seen it. Normally it is around a score of 80! inSSIDer also says that my max rate should be 144 Mbps! -52 dBm signal, no co-channels and no overlapping channels either.
  5. It is odd....only after uninstalling and then reinstalling drivers. If it was directly a bad driver, it would do it all of the time, but it doesn't on the first "unique" installation.
  6. Was your issue involving the scroll lag or the refresh rate, or both?
  7. Not on this system, no. If I go that route I am going to build a new system. But, obviously the drivers DO work. The ATI driver is an old driver from 3 years ago, as the X800 is a legacy product. The drivers work upon initial installation, but after uninstalling them and reinstalling them, then this lag appears. Does anyone else know anything? I was hoping for input from more than just one other person :/
  8. Well, I've been tinkering with this all day....day 2......no changes. While having the Omega driver installed, I attempted to "update the driver" from the device manager. It installed some older ATI X800 Pro driver, and upon restart the LAG is gone when browsing or dragging desktop windows. This driver is from 2006, and I believe is included with one of the Windows XP service packs, as from my searches in Windows. But I cannot set the refresh rate, it is stuck at 60hz even though a full list of refresh rates is available as i would first have to install the catalyst control center to do so, apparently. What is going on? I should be able to use the latest ATI or Omega driver and not get any lag, and be able to set the refresh rate. Where is the conflict that is causing the lag when I install drivers more than once? I'm going to leave this for now. My eyes are bugging me, yes, due to the low refresh rate - but at least I can browse without an annoying choppy scroll. This still isn't right.
  9. That made no difference at all. I installed the Omega drivers after restarting after using the Driver Sweeper and everything is the same, with the lag and all. I've never run into a problem like this before.
  10. I'm trying that right now. I got the older version from 3dguru.....uninstalled Omega drivers again......I'm in safe mode w/ networking right now, about to run the driver sweeper. Years back I recall using some sort of driver cleaner (I forget which one exactly) and it removed a bunch of drivers and created a bunch of headaches for me. I'm a bit apprehensive about those programs - I'd much rather do the manual work inside of the registry with regedit instead, if possible. But by the looks of it, driversweeper will only clean these ATI entrees that it is showing me right on the screen. Hopefully it doesn't skew anything else.
  11. Hello. I have a problem. Initially, I uninstalled my original ATI drivers (latest) for my ATI X800 Pro AGP video card. Upon reinstalling, my window dragging/internet scrolling/browsing was terribly laggy. I uninstalled the ATI drivers (including going into the registry and removing all ATI entrees) and then installed the Omega drivers. Everything was flawless, smooth dragging and browsing. However, after the Omega drivers were working and everything was smooth, I did a test, in which I uninstalled the Omega drivers and then reinstalled. The same thing is occuring with the laggy browsing/scrolling/windows dragging, as it did with the ATI drivers. It seems that whenever I initially install a NEW driver everything works great, but, upon uninstalling/reinstalling I get this lag. Any idea what is causing this? Please help. Like I said I went into the registry, deleted all ATI entrees, and also searched my entire C: drive for ATI folders and files as well. I removed everything ATI related that I found, yet I am still having this problem even after a full uninstall and reinstall of the ATI and Omega drivers. System specs: Asus K8VSE Deluxe motherboard AMD 3400+ processor Creative Audigy 2 ZS sound card Sapphire X800 Pro video card 1.5 gigs ram XP Home Edition
  12. No big deal, I'm just glad it's resolved. The system is as stable as ever, runs perfectly. Thanks for sticking with me til the end! Hopefully these threads may be able to help someone else with a similar problem in the future as well.
  13. I gamed for about 20 minutes, no freeze. That must have been it. So strange.... So the SATA port still worked but at a bare minimum......that is odd in my opinion, how the system "mostly worked" but then it would have issues from time to time. 4 MB/second transfer is so slow I'm suprised it worked as well as it did for what I was using it for, music, internet, word processor, etc.
  14. I have an interesting discovery. I believe the SATA-1 port on the motherboard is faulty. Earlier, I disconnected my secondary harddrive and used that SATA cable to power my primary drive, hooked up to the SATA-2 port. Upon booting in to windows, I ran HDTune, and sure enough, my harddrive was again getting roughly ~70-80 MB/sec transfer! So, I turned off the system, switched the SATA cable to the SATA-1 port on the motherboard, and booted back up. The transfer was back down to about 4 MB/sec transfer. So the SATA cable was not to blame. I have both harddrives hooked up to the SATA-3 and SATA-4 ports on the motherboard and both drives are now getting ~70-80 MB/sec transfer. SATA-2, SATA-3, and SATA-4 all seem to be OK, it is just SATA-1 that gives the ultra-low transfer rate! I am not sure if this will fix my freezing issues or not....I still have to test the system with some gaming action, later on.
  15. I will see if I can get my hands on one of my friend's smaller-capacity SATA drives to install Windows XP on to test. My secondary drive is absolutely packed with files and stuff, don't really want to format that to install Windows on it. I was browsing around, I can get a Western Digital 500gb 16mb cache SATA 2.0 for about $100. Also the same price as the 320gb, as that is the capacity I have now. A Western Digital 500gb 64mb cache SATA 2.0 is roughtly $130. Is the extra cache worth the price?
  16. Well that's good. I'll buy a harddrive then. Is there anything else that could be causing these problem? I searched around online and it appears that the error with the paging file has to do with a failing drive..... Also is it possible that I could use a program to "clone" my current files on my drive to the new drive? I remember back in the day we did that with an IDE drive....but I am not sure if it is possible these days with a SATA drive? That would save me from having to reinstall all of my crap!
  17. The CPU is really ~100% while running the test on the primary drive, verified with task manager. It is barely used at all for the second drive, however. EDIT: ALSO CORRECT - I am looking through the logs. There are alot of warnings for "disk" saying "An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation." Also, a couple other errors saying "The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort2, did not respond within the timeout period." and "The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort2, did not respond within the timeout period." The majority are warnings for the error detected during a paging operation on Harddisk0.
  18. I was thinking maybe the 98% CPU usage on the first drive was causing the transfer rate to be a lot slower. But I am not sure why the second drive was not using the CPU very much at all.
  19. I just ran the HD Tune benchmark on both of my drives. I know the SATA drives can get speeds up to 300 MB/second, from my searches, ~70 mbps seems to be about the average. My primary drive (with Windows installed) was only getting 4.9 MB/second (minimum) to 6.9 MB/second (maximum) transfer, with an average of 6.8 MB/second. 14.2 ms transfer time, 6.8 MB/second burst rate, and 98.9% CPU usage. My secondary drive was getting 39.3 MB/second (minimum) to 79.2 MB/second (maximum) transfer, with an average of 65.4 MB/second. 13.4 ms transfer time, 165.0 MB/second burst rate, and 6.9% CPU usage. This test had a downward curve. The longer the test went along, the slower the transfer rate got. What is going on here?
  20. I'll try again with Kombustor, maybe I won't try the beta this time. Any thoughts on why my system would seem to run good for awhile after swapping around the RAM, but then the problems would come back eventually?
  21. I have not reinstalled Windows yet. I did run Seatools and Drive Fitness and both of my drives came up clean without any problems. I have also run chkdsk /r a couple of times. It takes an insane amount of time - around 9 hours to complete. This is the longest of any system I have run it on. Also, randomy when I start up the system, it will want to run chkdsk on its own....but the "less intense" version of chkdsk that takes less than 10 minutes to complete. My sound is working again, too, on today's boot-up. It also ran the small chkdsk on its own upon booting up earlier today.
  22. Well, some more "great" news (not really). I swear, these are some new issues/symptoms now that I have never experienced before. I downloaded the latest MSI Kombustor beta, I believe it was 2.1 or 2.2 or something like that. I tried to install it, but before installation started it was giving me an error. Right after that my system began to act funny. There would be random times where my mouse and the system would freeze up but it would come back after a few seconds. It did this for awhile. Then Microsoft Security Essentials closed and gave me an error. I went in to task manager and found something called "sysfader" to not be responding. I closed "sysfader" and explorer.exe closed and restarted. This still did not restore my system back to normal, it was still acting funny. So I attempted to shut down. It was having a difficult time, giving me errors. Finally I got a BSOD for C000021a {fatal system error}. I looked around in the bios a bit, looking at the clock speeds. I didn't change anything but tried to boot up but I was getting a "Disk Read Error" on a black screen before Windows would load. It did this a few times. I went back in to the bios and restored to all of the factory defaults, just incase I had changed something accidentally, but that didn't fix it, I was still getting "Disk Read Error" when attempting to boot up. So, I turned the system off, turned off the switch on the back of the power supply, and left home for a few hours to do some things. I came back, turned the power supply switch back on, and turned on the system. It booted back up just fine, and I am using it now. Except my sound is not working - it says it failed to start in device manager. It is something new every day.......
  23. Well like I said, Memtest DID find one error/problem when I ran it the first time, about a month and a half to two months ago. But after I tried scanning each stick individually, and then once again scanned them together, it was not finding any issues with the RAM, 0 problems and errors no matter how long I let Memtest run, which was usually overnight...8-9 hours run-time generally. I didn't notice any bulging or leaking capicators on my motherboard, they all looked like one-another, I inspected my board last week. I will try bumping the chipset voltage. and also running the MSI test on my video card. Also yesterday, I got two "Kernell_Stack_Inpage_Errors" BSODs while my system was idle, at two different times. Both times with the pink square somewhere in the upper-left quadrant of the screen on my CRT. Additionally, yesterd morning, when I came to turn on my system for the first time that day (after shutting it down normally and properly the night before), it wouldn't boot up and was saying the C:\Windows\System32\Config was corrupt or missing. I went in to recovery console (I have it installed in the boot so it gives you the option) and then I exited the recovery console as soon as I got in to it. Then Windows booted just fine with no hiccup. I didn't do any repair install or anything in recovery console, as I said I just exited out of recovery console as I got in to it. Strange! My system has been running for about 8 hours today, and I had HWMonitor open the entire time. It is showing the minimum speed for my CPU fan around 2100 RPM and the maximum speed around 2700. I have never really seen it spin faster. Although the one day I was stress testing, I never actually saw the "current" value as 5400 RPM but that day it was reporting the maximum speed as 5400 RPM, the same day I was seeing it showing 0 RPM every so often. What was up with that? I could understand if the fan was going bad but it seems to be very consistent, and the fact that my CPU didn't overheat, leads me to believe the fan isn't going bad......so why was it showing 0 RPM and 5400 RPM? Is it possible that HWMonitor was showing incorrect speed values?
  24. Is there any difference running MEMTEST on a USB drive versus a CD? I have it on a CD and have run it for hours upon hours.
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