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USB Wifi Dongle Needs New USB Port Every Few Months!

  1. #1


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    USB Wifi Dongle Needs New USB Port Every Few Months!


    My problem is as weird as it sounds.

    I have a Tenda Wifi USB dongle that I use with my Windows 8.1 machine. It's pretty great, only that it requires a new USB port to feed from every few months. After it sucks a USB port dry, it slows down the internet to a crawl and I have to put the dongle into a brand new USB port to bring it back to speed again. Then a few months passes and it destroys that USB port and I have to put it into another new port. Rinse and repeat. I have completely exhausted my desktop's USB ports in the back and I am now resorting to using the ones I have on the front.

    What could be the problem here? I hope there is a solution to this madness. I have tried uninstalling the dongle from the device manager but it doesn't seem to help!

    Thanks!

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  2. #2


    This: Download USB Oblivion - MajorGeeks should clean up the traces your USB device left and let you start from beginning.
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    Posts : 28
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    This: Download USB Oblivion - MajorGeeks should clean up the traces your USB device left and let you start from beginning.
    Thanks for the suggestion. I am curious to try it out but what does it do exactly? Does it clean info on all USB ports? Will I have to re-install my mouse/keyboard/smartphone drivers again?
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    It cleans up history of USB devices plugged in but may remove some drivers too.
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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    It cleans up history of USB devices plugged in but may remove some drivers too.
    Thanks. And this is safe to use with Win 8.1?

    Sorry for being too cautious. Can't screw up my PC!
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  6. #6


    Never too cautions but as always when doing something to the system make a restore point before you start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Never too cautions but as always when doing something to the system make a restore point before you start.
    Woah...this worked. I can't believe it.

    Thanks a lot. Internet now works on one my PC's back USB ports. Let's see how long this lasts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Never too cautions but as always when doing something to the system make a restore point before you start.
    Sorry, but it didn't last long. It worked for 10mins and it went back to how it was.

    Anything else i can do?
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  9. #9


    It might have also got overstuffed with internet settings, you can try some of this:
    Flash DNS
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /registerdns
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    netsh winsock reset
    netsh int ip reset
    netsh winsock reset catalog
    Netsh lan show interfaces
    netsh wlan show all
    netsh int ip reset reset.log
    netstat -abf 5 > activity.txt
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  10. #10


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    It might have also got overstuffed with internet settings, you can try some of this:
    Flash DNS
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /registerdns
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    netsh winsock reset
    netsh int ip reset
    netsh winsock reset catalog
    Netsh lan show interfaces
    netsh wlan show all
    netsh int ip reset reset.log
    netstat -abf 5 > activity.txt
    Do i type them all in cmd?
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