Solved Intermittent PC Router Connection Failure

January 28, 2013 at 14:09:36
Specs: Windows 64
Dell VOSTR I5 PC, Windows 7, connected to a Sky Router. When I power up the PC and load Internet Explorer, I occasionally get the error message: "Windows could not find a driver for your network adapter." By powering down the PC and re-booting, the channel light on the Router lights up and the connection is established and I'm up and running. If I sign off the internet and leave the PC running, I can come back to find that the channel light on the router is still lit up, but I cannot get online. By powering down the PC and re-booting, the link to the Router is re-established and I'm able to go online again.
The fact that I can get online implies that the PC comms card, wiring link and Router hardware is OK and that a driver for my network exists, so what could be causing this intermittent failure?

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#1
January 28, 2013 at 14:24:21
Are you using maximum power saving settings. I recommend you only use S1 and set that to minimal.

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#2
January 29, 2013 at 20:14:57
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Two things: update your network adapter to the latest driver. Then go into the adapter under Network connections, change properties, configure, power settings, and disallow turning off the adapter to save power.

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#3
January 31, 2013 at 07:37:47
Many thanks for your reply. I've set the network adapter to disallow power saving and all seems to be well. John

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#4
January 31, 2013 at 07:42:54
Hi, Paul,
Many thanks for your reply. I followed through with your instructions and set the Network Adapter to "disallow" power saving. I have tried it out for two days and all seems to be well.
Thanks again,
John

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#5
January 31, 2013 at 08:49:25
paul, I suggested the same thing in #1 above.

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#6
January 31, 2013 at 15:24:44
otheHill - I thought you were referring to Windows sleep state?

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#7
February 1, 2013 at 04:11:09
paul1149, my comment above was directed toward John. Evidently he did not try changing the power settings.

They are both the same thing. S3 is the maximum power savings setting. S1 is less intrusive and should be used for desktops. When you set to minimum settings most things are not turned off.


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