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Sporadic Internet Connectivity Problems

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#1 gunner9090


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Posted 21 September 2010 - 01:31 AM

I just recently moved into my college dorm and I've been noticing that I've been having problems with my internet. I play games and do other things that require a constant (albeit not necessarily that fast) internet connection. Ever since I moved in, I noticed that the internet would go out every 10 minutes or so for about 5-20 seconds.

I didn't notice anything from my laptop (other computer) for a while, so I automatically assumed it was my desktop computer. I ran a scan an MalwareBytes didn't come up with anything bad. My roommates then asked me if the internet would go out randomly (because they were experiencing the same thing), so that led me to believe that it was a common problem. I was about to tell the school about it when I noticed that my roommates have fewer connection drops, and they span only a few seconds, if at all.

I'm still not sure if they lose connection altogether or if it just gets really slow, but their connection drops happen less frequently, and only last like a second or two. Sometimes I'll lose connection altogether, when they have just a very slow connection. I've tried a different ethernet wire, different ethernet jack, and connected to the wireless that is near my computer, all with the same result. Would it be something running on my computer?

I'm running Windows 7 on a fairly new computer that doesn't have too many startup items. I'm fairly proficient in troubleshooting these kinds of things but I'm not quite sure where to go to first. I can't figure this out. I couldn't find anything that would help me from a search on these boards. If anyone could help, that would be great. Thanks.

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