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Since: 2.1.02
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...but now I have a couple problems.

1: My computer is suddenly SUPER DUPER EXTRA SLOW. Even opening up a folder can take up to 30-45 seconds.

2: My Firefox wont even start up. I'm not saying furefox wont connect, I'm saying I double-click on the FF icon on my desktop (or the icon in "All Programs > Mozilla Firefox > Firefox"), and absolutely nothing happens. At all.

IE works, but even that will only open up certain websites.

Please help me.




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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
    ...but now I have a couple problems.

    1: My computer is suddenly SUPER DUPER EXTRA SLOW. Even opening up a folder can take up to 30-45 seconds.

    2: My Firefox wont even start up. I'm not saying furefox wont connect, I'm saying I double-click on the FF icon on my desktop (or the icon in "All Programs > Mozilla Firefox > Firefox"), and absolutely nothing happens. At all.

    IE works, but even that will only open up certain websites.

    Please help me.


Not that you'll be able to read this, since your browswer doesn't open, but a couple of notes.

I am using a dlink air plus extreme G card. I have never been able to get it to work with windows, so when I set it up on a user, I am NOT using windows to configure it, and am doing it manually.

I try to use an ad-hoc network when I can. I t seems that infrastructure takes more memory.

Good luck.





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The only thing I really know about wireless is that from my experience, wireless cards don't work with anything earlier than Windows 98SE. At least, mine didn't. What OS are you running?

(edited by SOK on 13.9.05 1210)


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Since: 2.1.02
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Windows XP, SP2
1.5GB RAM

My computer wasnt quite as slow this morning as it was during my first post last night, but it's still noticeably slower than before I hooked up the network. And Firefox still wont open at all.

My system slowed down like this the last time I tried to connect my wireless network a few months ago too, but I was unsuccessful getting the actual network to work at the time. So I gave up on networking, put everything back the way it was (dsl modem, network cables, etc.), and everything worked fine again.

What's up with that?




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I think a bit more information is required. It sounds to me like something is hogging your system resources, which is probably why folders are slow and FireFox won't open.

Are all your programs running slower than usual? Is it specific applications? Are they just networking applications?

I would also try disabling DHCP (which I assume is how you're assigning you IP address), and moving to a static IP to see if things improve. I doubt it, but it might provide some clue.

Your wireless router should also have a log to show you what packets are coming across your network. I would look to see if anything is coming over the wireless that isn't coming over when you're physically connected.

I would also take a look at your CPU and memory usage while your connected over wireless, just to see if things are peaking.

I'm not exactly sure what could be wrong, but that's where I would start looking.

(edited by Leroy on 13.9.05 1514)



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Oddly enough, one of the things that's screwed up my Firefox in the past is multiple copies running at the same time. If you haven't checked that, do so. It has occasional program termination issues from my experience.

Also, once again, something I'd assume you've already done, but is someone siphoning bandwidth off of you? If you're having a lot of traffic come through your network, that could slow you down as well.



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Since: 2.1.02
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.84

    Originally posted by TheCow
    is someone siphoning bandwidth off of you? If you're having a lot of traffic come through your network, that could slow you down as well.
UPDATE!:

I suspected someone may be milking my bandwidth, so I unplugged the router for a few seconds then plugged it back in. My computer sped right back up to where it used to be, and even my Firefox opened. Unfortunately, I lost my internet connection

When I restarted my computer, I got my internet connection back, but I'm stuck right back where I was before (Slow & Firefoxless )

Is wireless networking really that thirsty/greedy for memory or something?




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No, the wireless shouldn't be slowing you down even a little bit. It should have zero impact on your CPU speed unless you have some crazy driver or software program that came with your wireless card that's doing it.

So did you install a software package with the card or anything like that from the router? If so I would say start over and remove that crap. Install only the driver for the wireless card and NO software for the router. XP can handle the setup just fine and as long as you know the IP address your router is set to use then you won't need anything else.

Oh and while we're at it, use security please. WPA, cause WEP is totally worthless.

(edited by wmatistic on 13.9.05 2030)
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Since: 23.1.02
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Call Tech support for your Wireless card. I did this when I had to setup a wireless network in my house with Belkin for the Mac OSX support. Those guys were invaluable. If I recall, I also seemed to have a memory leak, and they told me how to fix it.

I've had great service with both Belkin and Linksys in the past. Dunno about D-Link and the others.


Added: Just as a note, whenever asking for Tech support, specifying your OS, your computer's specs, the name and make of the wireless devices (or any other devices) related to the problem and the name of your internet provider (if that may be related) is always helpful. Saves time in the long run.

If you had given me all that information I could've run a google search and tried to come up with some answers on my own, etc.

(edited by Jaguar on 13.9.05 2358)


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Do you have proper security for your wireless adaptor? Are you the only one who can access your Internet connection through it? If someone is 'milking your bandwidth'...could anyone else be using your Internet?

Better yet, what programs do you run regularily? MSN? Yahoo? Trillian? Any P2P programs?



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P2Ps = Root of All Evil, I dont touch them. I mostly run AIM & Firefox, but Firefox doesnt open at all anymore so I've been stuck with IE for a couple days.

I used a WEP key when I installed it. I was TOLD that would keep people from mooching my internet connection, but who can say for sure.

  • Windows XP, SP2
  • AMD 2.0GHz cpu, 1.5GB RAM
  • My ISP is SBC dsl
  • And I have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router




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    Hrm. We have SBC DSL and the same wireless router at home, and I think all our comps have SP2, and we haven't had any issues. Just that I've stuck a wireless card in my comp and it won't recognize that connection, just the wired one. And I use P2P somewhat mercilessly, too, with no issues.



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    #14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.88
      Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
      P2Ps = Root of All Evil, I dont touch them. I mostly run AIM & Firefox, but Firefox doesnt open at all anymore so I've been stuck with IE for a couple days.

      I used a WEP key when I installed it. I was TOLD that would keep people from mooching my internet connection, but who can say for sure.

    • Windows XP, SP2
    • AMD 2.0GHz cpu, 1.5GB RAM
    • My ISP is SBC dsl
    • And I have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router


    So what about the software that came with the router and wireless card, like I mentioned? That seems to me to be the best place for an answer.

    And it is widely known that WEP can be hacked inside of one minute. It's pretty much a total joke at this point. That along with other things people think make their wireless networks safer such as not broadcasting the SSID, or using static IP's or MAC address filtering. If you have someone in range that wants to, then all of those are a huge waste of your time. In fact some make it easier for a hacker to get in. WPA at this point is the only way to secure your wireless network.
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