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The tank

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Same problem here - please help

I'm having the exactly same problem after updating to Win 8.1. After a few minutes my wired LAN connection goes "limited connectivity". I disabled the power saving option alread - no success. My laptop has a Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet adapter with Driver Version 15.6.1.2 from Jan 29th, 2013. I couldn't find a newer driver. A reboot typically helps but takes for ever.
I'd appreciate any hint - this is really a very annoying problem.
(Sorry for my bad english)
Thank's in advance for any hint.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS1645
    CPU
    i7 @ 1.6 GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD4670
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    G Data 2014

CalBear

New Member
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I'm having the exactly same problem after updating to Win 8.1. After a few minutes my wired LAN connection goes "limited connectivity". I disabled the power saving option alread - no success. My laptop has a Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet adapter with Driver Version 15.6.1.2 from Jan 29th, 2013. I couldn't find a newer driver. A reboot typically helps but takes for ever.
I'd appreciate any hint - this is really a very annoying problem.
(Sorry for my bad english)
Thank's in advance for any hint.
Newer drivers are not always better :) For some strange reason the driver that Windows setup "likes" is actually a Vista driver. The problem has been fixed in my computer using the driver at this url http://dell.to/16nfwMF which is a Windows 7 driver.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Dual Win 7-8 64-bit
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Studio XPS8100
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 3.2 GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Dell 24" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    900GB and 1.5TB
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Mouse
    Dell Optical
    Internet Speed
    10 Mb/s down 1.5 Mb/s up
    Other Info
    I worked my up from a virtual machine, to a slow 32-bit celeron and now two monitors on my XPS8100. Works great!

The tank

New Member
CalBear
Thanks a lot for the link. I'll give it a try and keep you updated.
This is a very frustrating problem. I need the internet connection because my CAD program requires a permanent connection to the license Server. I'm close to throw the laptop out of the window (5th floor).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS1645
    CPU
    i7 @ 1.6 GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD4670
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    G Data 2014

northstar7

Member
Member
Hi. I had a problem with very slow network speeds after installing 8.1. In my case it was caused by the new version of Avast! 2014, which had to be installed for 8.1. Avast! automatically turned on a firewall. Since I already had a firewall running, a second one definitely slowed things down. I turned off the Avast! firewall and it turns out that 8.1 seems a lot faster than 8. I hope this helps someone.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Consumer
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Mini 10
    CPU
    Atom
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    2 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia

ActionFlash

New Member
Hi. I had a problem with very slow network speeds after installing 8.1. In my case it was caused by the new version of Avast! 2014, which had to be installed for 8.1. Avast! automatically turned on a firewall. Since I already had a firewall running, a second one definitely slowed things down. I turned off the Avast! firewall and it turns out that 8.1 seems a lot faster than 8. I hope this helps someone.
Avast 2014 seems to be causing a few problems, their sandboxing is very aggressive and stops a lot of legitimate apps installing. During my upgrade to 8.1 Avast just vanished!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

ActionFlash

New Member
Also, as @seabass901 mentioned in another thread, try entering a DNS manually (I use Google's https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/ )

seabass901

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Try this...
1. Open Control Panel

2. Click Network and Internet
3. Network and Sharing Center
4. Click Change Adapter Settings.
5. Click the connection you want to configure.
6. Click change the settings of this connection
7. Scroll down to Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
8. Double click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
9. Click Use the following DNS server address
10. Fill in the DNS server info for your ISP.
11. Click OK and close all windows.
To find your settings search your on you ISP's website or you can try here https://www.whatsmydns.net/dns/


 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

The tank

New Member
Old Win7 driver seems to resolve the issue

As suggested I went back to the old driver, which can be downloaded from above mentioned link from the Dell website. So I'm using now driver version 12.4.0.3 under Win 8.1 and this seems to fix the problem. I had no drop out any more for almost 2 days.
Obviously newer is not always better;)

Thanks a lot for the hint.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS1645
    CPU
    i7 @ 1.6 GHz
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD4670
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    G Data 2014

rstout

New Member
Older driver fixed issue

I'm having the exactly same problem after updating to Win 8.1. After a few minutes my wired LAN connection goes "limited connectivity". I disabled the power saving option alread - no success. My laptop has a Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet adapter with Driver Version 15.6.1.2 from Jan 29th, 2013. I couldn't find a newer driver. A reboot typically helps but takes for ever.
I'd appreciate any hint - this is really a very annoying problem.
(Sorry for my bad english)
Thank's in advance for any hint.
Newer drivers are not always better :) For some strange reason the driver that Windows setup "likes" is actually a Vista driver. The problem has been fixed in my computer using the driver at this url http://dell.to/16nfwMF which is a Windows 7 driver.

This fixed my issue as well. I haven't dropped connectivity in a day.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

turskro

New Member
I also have the broadcom NIC driver issue. Same NIC hardware in a Dell Studio XPS. Ever since 8.1 the NIC will not stay connected to the network. It's like all traffic just stops. I have a good IP address, but the computer can not be ping'd at all. I am putting on the for mentioned driver to see if that helps.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows xp - 8.1

tom barrister

New Member
As BlackDisk posted elsewhere, this may fix your internet:

Open a CMD prompt as an Administrator. It must be run as administrator. To do so as an administrator, right click on "CMD" in the Metro interface, and choose the run as administrator option at the bottom of the screen. If you work from the desktop or start menu, right click on the CMD shortcut and run as administrator.
Type this: netsh winsock reset
Press enter.
Reboot your computer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows

TLM

New Member
Same problem. I tried installing the old driver (btw, the above solution did not work at all for me) and just afterwards everything worked fine, no dropped connectivities (before, it happened approx. every five minutes), so I considered the issue solved. Next day (i.e. today), I started the laptop and again, no wired connection. Turned out, the ethernet controller was no longer listed in the hardware manager. Repairing or re-installing the 12.4. driver didn't help either, I had to do a system reset to before I installed that driver. Does anybody have any idea how installing a different driver can make the system apparently "forget" that I even have an ethernet port?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer

BRKING

Member
Member
As BlackDisk posted elsewhere, this may fix your internet:

Open a CMD prompt as an Administrator. It must be run as administrator. To do so as an administrator, right click on "CMD" in the Metro interface, and choose the run as administrator option at the bottom of the screen. If you work from the desktop or start menu, right click on the CMD shortcut and run as administrator.
Type this: netsh winsock reset
Press enter.
Reboot your computer.

For some like me who isn't a techie....what does this do?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

AVS

New Member
Hello everyone,
I have same problem like many guys.
My laptop model is sony vaio VPCF137FX/B and you know it has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. i have changed the operating system to windows 8.1 enterprise, but i have some problem with network connection.
when i connect to network with wired cable and in bridge mode, after a moment i loses my connection. actually i lose my connection with modem and i can't access to modem config page(192.168.1.1).I think there is a program that detect my internet connection; I'm sure that there is no virus or misconfiguration.
I search so many in internet, but i can't solve it, in which i test every solution in the internet.
Also i remove the windows 8.1 enterprise and I have installed windows 8, But the problem is alive.
Please help me.
Regards.
Vahids
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8 , 8.1

BRKING

Member
Member
Hello everyone,
I have same problem like many guys.
My laptop model is sony vaio VPCF137FX/B and you know it has Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. i have changed the operating system to windows 8.1 enterprise, but i have some problem with network connection.
when i connect to network with wired cable and in bridge mode, after a moment i loses my connection. actually i lose my connection with modem and i can't access to modem config page(192.168.1.1).I think there is a program that detect my internet connection; I'm sure that there is no virus or misconfiguration.
I search so many in internet, but i can't solve it, in which i test every solution in the internet.
Also i remove the windows 8.1 enterprise and I have installed windows 8, But the problem is alive.
Please help me.
Regards.
Vahids


Same problem. It's Sonys issue. Go to the Sony support website and you'll see lots and lots of problems with this issue. I'll never ever EVER buy another Sony computer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

deebo2002

New Member
How do we install this driver? It doesn't have a setup or exe file.

I'm having the exactly same problem after updating to Win 8.1. After a few minutes my wired LAN connection goes "limited connectivity". I disabled the power saving option alread - no success. My laptop has a Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet adapter with Driver Version 15.6.1.2 from Jan 29th, 2013. I couldn't find a newer driver. A reboot typically helps but takes for ever.
I'd appreciate any hint - this is really a very annoying problem.
(Sorry for my bad english)
Thank's in advance for any hint.
Newer drivers are not always better :) For some strange reason the driver that Windows setup "likes" is actually a Vista driver. The problem has been fixed in my computer using the driver at this url http://dell.to/16nfwMF which is a Windows 7 driver.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer M5-481PT-6488 - Aspire|M
    Antivirus
    Webroot

deebo2002

New Member
never mind...I got it

How do we install this driver? It doesn't have a setup or exe file.

I'm having the exactly same problem after updating to Win 8.1. After a few minutes my wired LAN connection goes "limited connectivity". I disabled the power saving option alread - no success. My laptop has a Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet adapter with Driver Version 15.6.1.2 from Jan 29th, 2013. I couldn't find a newer driver. A reboot typically helps but takes for ever.
I'd appreciate any hint - this is really a very annoying problem.
(Sorry for my bad english)
Thank's in advance for any hint.
Newer drivers are not always better :) For some strange reason the driver that Windows setup "likes" is actually a Vista driver. The problem has been fixed in my computer using the driver at this url http://dell.to/16nfwMF which is a Windows 7 driver.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer M5-481PT-6488 - Aspire|M
    Antivirus
    Webroot

BRKING

Member
Member
If anyone is still having this issue I wanted to let you know I fixed it. I had COX internet and moved. Now I have ATT Uverse and I have not had a single internet interruption on my W8 computer.

Guess ATT's router was better/stronger/or newer than COXs. Dunno. That's not a option some people want to hear but it's what worked for me.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8

deebo2002

New Member
[SOLVED] Seems like there's thousands of people have trouble with Broadcom's NetLink Ethernet controllers new drivers for Win8.1. I was told they're currently working on this fix. In the mean time I uninstalled my current version of 15.6.1.2 and went to an old driver from dell HERE. Others have tried this and so have I and it's been working thus far. Broadcom BCM57788 LOM, v.12.4.0.3, A01
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer M5-481PT-6488 - Aspire|M
    Antivirus
    Webroot

Javve

New Member
I have had the same problem with my system. Specs are in my profile but just for quick reference (and my temporary solution)

Asus N61JQ-A1 Laptop
Windows 8.1 Pro x64
8 GB DDR3 Ram
ATI HD5730 1GB Graphics
Atheros AR8131 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller

When I come out of sleep sometimes the ethernet port will disappear. I go into device manager, scan for changes, then it will find the ethernet port and reconnect.

This allows you to fix it without having to restart.

I did try removing the driver and letting it reinstall. I also tried the suggestion on the Asus site to disable turning the device off to save power.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus N61JQ-A1
    CPU
    I7 720QM @ 1.6Ghz
    Motherboard
    American Megatrends N61Jq.212
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 Dual Channel @ 660 Mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD4730 1GB
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender/MS Security Essentials

cuteaspiz01

New Member
I had this issue also'after update of windows 8.1. My wifi was working but couldn't use an internet connection via a cable ethernet. I resolved using the following:
1. Right hand side edge swipe
2. In the 'search'area write 'device manager'
3. select 'Network Adapters'
4. Select your ethernet connection device (mine was Realtek GBE Family Connector)
5. Select 'Uninstall' the device
6. Select 'OK'to confirm uninstall.
7. Restart my desktop. This installs the device driver again automatically. My wired connection shows up and is working.
8. Also... Right side edge swipe
9. Select the 'settings' icon
10. Select the network icon on bottom right hand side
11. Select my wifi connection
12. Un-select the option 'connect automatically'

Lastly the HP helpdesk (awesome group by the way), had me uninstall my wifi adapter and restart. This is to ensure I had the latest driver for my wifi.

After this all working well!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
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