Damn network card is making my PC go nuts.

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    Mar 12, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    I had never used my network adapter before, only wireless connection so far(USB adapter). So I just recently moved and I had my ISP to provide me with internet connection and its using my network card plugged to a modem that's plugged to the internet cable. For some reason after a few minutes my PC just freezes like totally, it stops responding to any input so I have to restart it. It happens every time but it doesnt happen if I unplug the internet cable.

    Do I have to replace my card?
    Is it possible that a compatibility issue with my drivers(Vista 64) running on Windows 7 64 might have been causing my network card to malfunction?
    Is it hardware? Software? A combination of the two?

    I googled about this issue and all I found was that some people had problems with their card, that it used to disconnect after a few minutes and you had to restart in order to get it back working. This issue was apparently solved by reinstalling the drivers with compatibility mode with Vista which I did.

    Still nothing...tethering from my iphone for now...

    My motherboard is an ASUS P5K and the network adapter is an Attansic L1 PCI-E. Currently running Windows 7 64 bit.
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    Mar 12, 2010 2:06 AM GMT
    Have you installed the latest Vista drivers from the Asus site?
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    Mar 12, 2010 2:29 AM GMT
    make sure all your drivers are up to date, check to see if the card is seated correctly.

    If your using the inbuilt an inbuilt network adapter I'd recommend getting a real one, I've never see a good network connection using a build in adapter and the cards are so cheap for a good one that it's worth upgrading.

    As an example, I've a few windos computers and a gigabit network, none of the damned things could get anywhere near the supported speeds (1 intel board, 1 asus and a Gigabyte) and except for the intel board none of them could get to even 50 percent saturation of the available connection, however I upgraded them all and on a regular basis I see 70% or more when shuffling massive video files around from the NAS and back AND ontop of that, they are significantly more stable

    Although I'm looking forward to the day I can upgrade to fiber *drools*
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    Mar 12, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    The network adapter on my motherboard died, and I'm now using a Linksys USB ethernet adapter. I figured it would be crappy but adequate, but I was wrong. Speakeasy Speed Test this morning:

    Download Speed: 38066 kbps (4758.3 KB/sec transfer rate)
    Upload Speed: 9197 kbps (1149.6 KB/sec transfer rate)

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    Mar 12, 2010 2:06 PM GMT
    Mac
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    Mar 13, 2010 9:38 AM GMT
    cronker saidMac


    I'm not a fan of any company that thinks I'm too stupid to understand a computer, let alone when im a software engineer myself. So no Mac for me, I rather to be able to pick whatever main board, whatever graphics card and whatever hardware component I want. Anyhow thanks for the suggestion.

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    The card is built in...im definitely getting a new card I just dont fucken get it, why is it making my computer freeze only after a few minutes, it just doesnt make any sense to me, not sure whats triggering it exactly...actually today it lasted for a pretty long time without freezing, usually it only freezes when the computer isnt getting any input for a few minutes. However I remember I closed uTorrent(which is always running on background) Im guessing if thats why it did not freeze today till a few hours ago that I run uTorrent again and left party with my friends, when I came back it was frozen. Ill have to test it again but Ive used that software for a long time and no problems so far...although its got the reputation to be CPU intensive...and probably its not my network card but my CPU...uTorrent cant upload without network connection so once it gets connection it keeps on transferring data which might be somehow affecting my Intel Quad Core.

    Just in case I might as well get one of those USB ethernet adapter as Paradox suggested but I would preffer a decent card hooked to my PCI instead.
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    Mar 13, 2010 9:44 AM GMT
    simple network cards are relatively cheap these days, I would just get a new one .. it is always nice to have a spare anyway. I usually get asus motherboards of the AMD variety and usually don't have any problem though.
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    Mar 13, 2010 10:34 AM GMT
    charlitos saidThe card is built in...im definitely getting a new card I just dont fucken get it, why is it making my computer freeze only after a few minutes, it just doesnt make any sense to me, not sure whats triggering it exactly...actually today it lasted for a pretty long time without freezing, usually it only freezes when the computer isnt getting any input for a few minutes. However I remember I closed uTorrent(which is always running on background) Im guessing if thats why it did not freeze today till a few hours ago that I run uTorrent again and left party with my friends, when I came back it was frozen. Ill have to test it again but Ive used that software for a long time and no problems so far...although its got the reputation to be CPU intensive...and probably its not my network card but my CPU...uTorrent cant upload without network connection so once it gets connection it keeps on transferring data which might be somehow affecting my Intel Quad Core.

    I used to have a old old old windows pc (still ran win95) anyway, the computer used to bluescreen on me when ever I used the network, I eventually tracked it down to a faulty track on the PCB, the old router it was attached too used to be a little funky, it'd send a tiny spike of power down the network cable that none of the other network cards had a problem with but this network card would freak out every time it happened because of the circuit was damaged ever so slightly and in those days I didn't have silver circuit pens to fix it (I had to do it by hand with a soldering iron and a micro tip hehe.

    It could be a similar problem, it could be a faulty capacitor (I've replaced hundreds of them on old hardware) it could be something simple as a registry screw up in windows that is being left behind on uninstall and not replaced on reinstall or a Bios setting that needs to be fiddled.

    If utorrent ends up being the culprit I'd still get a new network card, you'll be happy with the better stability and freed resources.
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    Mar 19, 2010 11:09 AM GMT
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    charlitos saidThe card is built in...im definitely getting a new card I just dont fucken get it, why is it making my computer freeze only after a few minutes, it just doesnt make any sense to me, not sure whats triggering it exactly...actually today it lasted for a pretty long time without freezing, usually it only freezes when the computer isnt getting any input for a few minutes. However I remember I closed uTorrent(which is always running on background) Im guessing if thats why it did not freeze today till a few hours ago that I run uTorrent again and left party with my friends, when I came back it was frozen. Ill have to test it again but Ive used that software for a long time and no problems so far...although its got the reputation to be CPU intensive...and probably its not my network card but my CPU...uTorrent cant upload without network connection so once it gets connection it keeps on transferring data which might be somehow affecting my Intel Quad Core.

    I used to have a old old old windows pc (still ran win95) anyway, the computer used to bluescreen on me when ever I used the network, I eventually tracked it down to a faulty track on the PCB, the old router it was attached too used to be a little funky, it'd send a tiny spike of power down the network cable that none of the other network cards had a problem with but this network card would freak out every time it happened because of the circuit was damaged ever so slightly and in those days I didn't have silver circuit pens to fix it (I had to do it by hand with a soldering iron and a micro tip hehe.

    It could be a similar problem, it could be a faulty capacitor (I've replaced hundreds of them on old hardware) it could be something simple as a registry screw up in windows that is being left behind on uninstall and not replaced on reinstall or a Bios setting that needs to be fiddled.

    If utorrent ends up being the culprit I'd still get a new network card, you'll be happy with the better stability and freed resources.


    oh well I finally figured out what the problem is, its not utorrent, its any torrent software that use, even limewire so the issue is definitely the network card and upload requests. Ill have to get a decent one, thanks for the help icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 19, 2010 12:17 PM GMT
    Charlitos> usually it only freezes when the computer isnt getting any input for a few minutes

    Is it going into a sleep mode and not waking up?
    Check your sleep settings.


    lilTanker> none of the damned things could get anywhere near the supported speeds (1 intel board, 1 asus and a Gigabyte) and except for the intel board none of them could get to even 50 percent saturation of the available connection

    I was going to say that my experience is different (with thousands of PCs)... but we use Intel boards.


    Paradox> I'm now using a Linksys USB ethernet adapter. I figured it would be crappy but adequate, but I was wrong. Speakeasy Speed Test....

    Which just goes to show you how slow WAN (DSL or Cable) speeds are relative to LAN speeds (which would be more than 20x your download speed, nearly 100x your upload speed, and that's for 100 Mbps. 10x more for 1 Gbps. I think it's been at least 20 years since we had LAN cards slower than 10 Mbps).

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    Mar 19, 2010 12:41 PM GMT
    There is a lot of useless protocols running on each adapter, sometimes disabling some helps

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    things to try

    check if IEEE802.1x authentication is enabled and if so disable it, its unnecessary broadcasts and not every switch and sure modem can handle it.

    try to disable the pc to let the card go into power saving mode.
    hope it helps

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    Mar 19, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    Caesarea4 saidCharlitos> usually it only freezes when the computer isnt getting any input for a few minutes

    Is it going into a sleep mode and not waking up?
    Check your sleep settings.



    lol no, my computer settings have been the same for months, in my posts I explained that as long as uTorrent isnt running everything is just fine. Its literally freezing, any video thats playing stops and the mouse cursor stops moving. As I said it started happening when I finally decided to use my built in network adapter which finally I realized has issues with upload requests and for some reason is fucking up my whole system but I know how to handle it until I get a new network adapter.