Posted 04 July 2007 - 02:28 PM
I helped a friend of mine re-install windows XP pro (with SP1). After completing the install, we re-installed the motherboard drivers, video card drivers, etc, all the latest versions downloaded from manufacturer webpages. These drivers are the only thing installed on the system right now.
He connects to the internet through a wifi connection. He has one of those USB 802.11g wireless adapters. It worked fine before we re-installed, connected with good signal strength, 11 mps (its an 802.11b network). Now we have reinstalled the driver for the wireless adapter, it still connects, same signal strength and 11 mps. However, the internet is very slow and unreliable. Although it still has a good signal, when you try to load a page in IE or FF, say google, 80% of the time it will time out and the browser will say This Page Can not be Displayed. The other 20% of the time it will load the page, although rather slowly. Signal strength and wireless connection speed are just as good as before the re-install of windows. Obviously this internet problem has prevented us from using windows update. Also, my friend has two other computers which connect through the same wifi connection and work just fine, lightning fast, and this one worked perfectly before we had to re-install.
Its a fresh install of windows with an internet connection that basically doesnt work, we have installed nothing on it besides drivers, including the USB wireless driver, so it seems extremely unlikely it could have gotten spyware or anything already, right? So what do you guyz think is wrong?
Note: we have tested the usb wireless adapter on another computer, same location/distance to access point, same driver, and it works fine. Everything else on this computer besides the internet runs really fast, games, etc.