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At wits end: wifi issues. Toshiba satellite, realtek adap

Femmorpheus

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Before I begin, I appologize if this comes off as abrasive. I am trying my best, but am incredibly frustrated. So, I'm sorry in advance if I come across as bitchy, since thats not what I intend.

I have a Toshiba satellite c855d, with a realtek rtl8188ce wifi adapter, came with win 8, wich I updated to 8.1, then 10, then reverted back to 8.1 with a clean install after the bulk of my drivers not cooperating or being available and the computer crashing or hanging something fierce as a result.

I have had challeneges with this computer and wifi, off and on, since it's purchase. From the (exhaustive, albeit amature (I get computers, but am not formally trained, and am less up-to-date on both resources and troubleshooting techniques than I used to be)) research I've done over the last few years, it would seem that this has been due partially to win 8 being high maintenance when it comes to wifi signal, toshiba being lazy and completely lacking in interest or care for consumers of their product, and my model of realtek wifi adapter badically sucking butt.

However, having to reset my adapter every several hours is hardly normal or acceptable in my mind.

And, while I understand that fluctuations in wifi signals can vary drastically, I dont understand why the network I wish to connect to is only visable when my adapter needs to be reset, and disappears once I do so, nor do I understand this newest excitement, in which no less than 10 networks of varying strengths are visible, but turning the wifi adapter off and then back on after 10 or so seconds renders the adapter unable to see ANY available networks for a good several minutes. I am sure I must be missing something.

No, neither the laptop nor the routers have moved.

Yes, I have done my best to ensure I have the current adapter driver (have used win update, as well as toshiba and realtek's websites. Currently I am using 2012.3.913.2013):cry:.

While the problem is not entirely new, as I mentioned before, the amount of unreliability has greatly increased since doing the fresh install of 8.1 when downgrading from 10. I have been experiencing more frequent hangs when using flash in chrome, ie, and firefox, as well as spikes in cpu usuage where it will stay above 90% if I am trying to use any of the above browsers, generally when having no more than 2-3 tabs open: gmail or hotmail, some facebook game, and perhaps craigslist.

Well, except for now--I can't even get online atm. "Can't connect to network"...and then it trieds to take me to online help, which then informs me that it cant get online to help me with my connectivity probs.

I am one broke ass broad. Finding even a small amount of $$ to spend on upgrades to my laptop or adapter is damn near impossible on my budget.

No, the arrangement I have does not permit a hard line connection, wifi only, although I can remotely rest the modem, when I can log in. I have run scana by both win defender and malwarebites, both of whom have failed to return any negative results. I am also up to date on my windows updates.

Please help, I'm at my wits end.

Pls gimme time to respond... I am currently restricted to my phone for any internet communications, and its a p.o.s. :p

Please help me not defenestrate my only laptop. No one ever likes it when I snap and make the morning news!!!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite C855D 5100
    CPU
    1.30 gigahertz AMD E-300 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Motherboard
    Toshiba Portable PC MP
    Memory
    7776 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon 6310

Ztruker

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One solution would be to replace the WiFi adapter in the Laptop with a good one. This is usually pretty easy to do, but it depends on the laptop: good wifi card

How to replace the WiFi card

You could also try a USB WiFi dongle in place iof the onboard WiFi (also shown in the Google link above).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    [email protected]
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
    PSU
    500W
    Keyboard
    Wired USB
    Mouse
    Wired USB
    Internet Speed
    3GB Up, 30GB Down
    Browser
    SeaMonkey
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender; MBAM Pro
    Other Info
    UEFI/GPT
    PLDS DVD-RW DH16AERSH

broe23

Retired from the grind
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Pro User
That is the same adapter that came with both of my C850d's. Had no issue with either one of them, unless my son would use his at school and because of the construction of the dorm rooms and bad placement of the Access Points. He had to get a Netgear USB adapter that came with a USB cord and a stand, if he needed to move it where he could get a better signal.

The biggest issue is not the adapters, but the signal strength and channel overlap of Access Points in your area. I replaced both Realtek mini-PCIe cards with the Intel 7260 Dual Band's, that I got from CDW for $30. You do have to order an extra antenna, so that you can get 300 mbps. I placed the antennas on both units so that they are on the back of the cases, to the right, but have to sit in the battery compartment, because there is really no way to get them up into the right side of the lid, unless you want to spend the time carefully removing the ring and get the antenna down through the hinge.

I use the engenius ECB350 as my main A/P. Have had no problems with the new adapters, nor when I have used my laptop elsewhere.

The only thing that you will not get with the 7260, is Blue Tooth.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

    A/V UPS - Tripp-Lite Smart 1500LCD 1500 Va/900 W.

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