The issue is very odd. One day I started up my desktop only to find that the internet was not functioning. After some tinkering I discovered that the ethernet adapter for my pc Realtek PCIe GbE family controller was not listed in device manager. A network and BIOS reset later, I have managed to return the adapter to my device manager, where it will stop working after 2-3 minutes of connectivity. The only way I can find that restores functionality in the device is to reinstall the realtek drivers through the exe, where I will promptly achieve connectivity again for a few minutes before the driver stops functioning. Whether I remove the driver or repair it, the same thing occurs.
The adapter is listed on the device manager after it stops working, nothing is listed as functioning incorrectly.
After many hours of research into this topic I am begining to believe that rather than anything software related, my adapter on my MOBO is somehow damaged and I will need to replace it.
Any advice or troubleshooting tips would be much appreciated as i am starting to be at a loss as to what the issue could possibly be. (Also apologies if this is not the right forum.
Update 1: I have also noticed that sometimes if not always, a simple restart will restore connectivity for the few minute period.
Update 2: Strangely if I stubbornly persist in this process of install/uninstall/repair, the adapter will sometimes function for longer periods of a few hours before going out. I noticed that when the PC would fall asleep, this would immediately terminate functionality. Thinking this could be an issue of power to my adapter I have double checked the power management settings and the adapter is not set to turn off to save power.
Update 3: Sometimes but not always when the adapter fails, it will attempt to restart and reconnect - this always fails.
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