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Limited wifi or no wifi

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 x64

    Limited wifi or no wifi


    The problem started when I first got my laptop, but it was an uncommon thing. During the time I had windows 8, the wifi would turn limited maybe once or twice every few months. Then came along windows 8.1. I was excited for this, as I was still minor issues with windows 8, I thought they had fixed almost everything. It was a stupid mistake not to wait a few days. The first problem I had, was my touchpad not working correctly. I found the problem maybe 3 months ago and fixed it. But the one problem I have now is my wifi connection.

    Every 1-300 minutes, my wifi becomes limited. I'm a gamer, and it is pretty annoying racking up abandonments in DOTA 2.

    My temporal fix for the problem would be to troubleshoot my wifi, most of the time it would fix it, saying the my connection is broken or the default gateway is not available. Although sometimes it does not. The wifi icon becomes a cable, with the computer screen and a little Red Cross. For me to fix this, I have to restart my computer, go into device manager, and reinstall my network adapter, but even then it still may remain not working. I receive a code 10, This device cannot start. It is a Ralink adapter, and I realise many people have had problems with this adapter too.


    I have tried numerous ways of fixing it, such as;

    Disable device sleeping
    Netsh-ing via cmd
    Change my network adapter driver thingy, (like changing to mediatek, Broadcom, etc. Most of the time works temp. Sometimes gives code 10)
    And a few more I can't remember right now, but if you suggest it, I will tell you if I have tried it, if I haven't, then I will try it and report back.

    I am very experienced at computer stuff, and it is quite painful to admit I have come across a computer problem I haven't been able to fix.

    If you need more information, don't be afraid to ask xD
    Last edited by ray98872; 07 Jan 2014 at 04:03.

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    I have the same exact problem...if you find a permanent fix or I do...post it.
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  3. #3


    This code 10 problem has been around for awhile. Not completely sure which machines are affected but the problem is widespread and is fixable. The link below explains what is required to fix the problem. Basically you should reset back to Windows 8, then update to 8.1 as usual then install all the Windows updates again.

    The problem was caused from updates which were installed in the wrong order, Msoft has since fixed the problem with the update sequence. There are a few pseudo fixes like installing the server 2012 app or removing the problematic KB updates but the best fix seems to be resetting the system and going from there.

    no network after 8.1 upgrade
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 x64


    Thanks, will try now
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 x64


    I tried removing the KB stuff, didn't work

    I'm gonna try the others in a bit
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 x64


    None of them worked, I'm thinking of buying a copy of win7 professional if this doesn't work out for me.

    But I would much rather stay on win8 and save data, time and money.
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by ray98872 View Post
    None of them worked, I'm thinking of buying a copy of win7 professional if this doesn't work out for me.

    But I would much rather stay on win8 and save data, time and money.
    Resetting the system back to windows 8 then updating to 8.1 then installing all the updates didn't work?

    This is the required procedure.

    What type of system/PC/laptop/tablet are we talking about here?

    What is the make/model of the router?
    Last edited by chev65; 05 Jan 2014 at 11:38.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 x64


    Sorry my bad, I didn't see the resetting bit, maybe I should use those glasses that were given to me a week ago...

    Anyway, I'm sorry for wasting a bit of your time, i just clicked the link and uninstalled and installed the KB stuff, idk why I didn't bother to read your post here properly.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 x64


    One more thing, would the "resetting back to windows 8" mean restore to factory default? Or refreshing the pc? Or something else that I'm unfamiliar with?
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by ray98872 View Post
    One more thing, would the "resetting back to windows 8" mean restore to factory default? Or refreshing the pc? Or something else that I'm unfamiliar with?
    Resetting is what you want, refresh is different.

    I also need > What type of system/PC/laptop/tablet are we talking about here?

    What is the make/model of the router? In case the reset and clean install doesn't completely fix the problem I have a few more tricks up my sleeve.
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