I'm honestly not sure this is the right forum for this, but it seemed closest.
I have internet through Cable One. It's been acting up off and on for months, so I assumed it was solely to do with Cable One this time. We've had router problems where even the phone service doesn't work, and last week or so, Cable One had to reset our wireless entirely. Maybe that has something to do with it now.
I have an Acer Aspire 5750 laptop, running windows 7, 64-bit. I've checked the drivers for the wireless card, and it says they're all up to date. I have not yet checked how well it works on a wired connection, but I intend to do that soon (today or tomorrow), and I also want to see how well it works at my parents' house, or basically, on another wireless connection.
The problem is basically this: I can be on the Internet fine for hours, and then it will drop. It will say "not connected, pick a connection" and show me the nearby connections, but not mine. And then it will say "no networks found" to connect to...even though I know there are. I have been going and resetting the router because that's what troubleshooting told me--that there was a router problem, not an internal computer problem--and then restarting, and it comes up wirelessly connected again. But last night on a hunch, I just restarted without going and checking the router, and the internet connection came up fine again.
So I'm confused. I looked around online for anything--that's how I found out to check the wireless drivers--and I really can't think of anything else. I know apparently some routers don't work well with windows 7? And I wondered about that, but I've had windows 7 ever since I moved here, and it's been fine. Although maybe resetting the wireless connection did something? My aunt's computer is windows vista and on at least one occasion, has been connected still and worked fine when my computer dropped it.
I have another laptop that also runs on windows 7--I haven't been able to check all the times, but I know one time at least, it was still disconnected, but it would actually show me networks to connect to instead of telling me that there was absolutely nothing.
I don't know if this is related, but I've noticed since this has been going on, another website I go to will have a lot of smileys randomly not be able to show up, just show up as x's. That never used to happen before.
So yeah, if anyone can...help, please? Thank you.