Very Low/Low Wireless Strength-Network Drops

April 8, 2010 at 01:57:38
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB DDR2
I have my Router (Linksys WRT54G2) and DSL Modem mounted inside of a 1/4 inch thick wooden box on the outside of my home. I have two computers in a work shed behind the house that connect wirelessly. The furthest computer from the home uses a Rosewill RNX-G300EX to connect to the network and usualy has a 30-40% Signal Strength, never drops connection and can even handle large downloads and online gaming with little to no lag or disconnect issues. The computer that is closer, which I would think would have a stronger connection, has the issues. With a little more lag/latency issues than the other, a little more than half the signal strength and little to no disconnect issues it was bareable. Lately though it has gotten to the point where gaming online is absolutely nill since right after connected the net drops and reconnects and just surfing the net is a nightmare, just barely reaching 8% signal strength. Until tonight the PC was using a Linksys WMP110 v2 to connect and wasnt too horrible. After trying the card in different slots, moving the computer to different places in the shed, reseting the router/modem several times, uninstalling and reinstalling the latest drivers for the WNIC, I decided the WNIC was possibly bad. I went out and, since all I had available to me was USB Adapters, I picked up a Linksys AE1000. After getting all the old stuff cleaned out I installed the new adapter and much to my surprise I was let down by the same horrible if not worse condition. Web pages barely load, anything even lightly strenuis causes the net to crash and reconnect. Any ideas what is going on? Any recommendations? Also, I have another wireless router (WRT54G v3) would it be able to be thrown in there somewhere to get the connection closer to these computers?

Note: There is two PCs in the house that require the router to stay where it is.


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#1
April 8, 2010 at 06:00:44
If only one of the PCs in the shed is having a problem, then I would make sure that there is no malware on it.

Download, update & run anti malware from malwarebytes.org

If it's XP or before, run TCP Optimizer from speedguide.net after you check for malware.

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#2
April 8, 2010 at 12:35:37
I have already run malwarebyte's and keep it actively running for protection on both PCs. I also keep the PCs cleaned up with CCleaner. I have already run the TCP Optimizer on the one with issues which has Windows XP on it.

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#3
April 8, 2010 at 14:09:20
If you want to try one more thing to make sure that the machine is clean, run hijack this. Post the log if you don't understand it.

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#4
April 8, 2010 at 19:41:39
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.3 (BETA)
Scan saved at 7:14:53 PM, on 4/8/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InterVideo\RegMgr\iviRegMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\WgaTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Pure Networks Shared\Platform\nmsrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Pure Networks Shared\Platform\nmctxth.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys\Linksys Wireless Manager\LinksysWirelessManager.exe
C:\Program Files\Pure Networks\Network Magic\nmapp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Dr. Love\Application Data\U3\432033079E831FA0\LaunchPad.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\msiexec.exe
C:\Program Files\TrendMicro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Lin...
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Lin...
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Lin...
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Lin...
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Lin...
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,CustomizeSearch =
R3 - URLSearchHook: XfireXO Toolbar - {5e5ab302-7f65-44cd-8211-c1d4caaccea3} - C:\Program Files\XfireXO\tbXfi1.dll
O2 - BHO: XfireXO Toolbar - {5e5ab302-7f65-44cd-8211-c1d4caaccea3} - C:\Program Files\XfireXO\tbXfi1.dll
O2 - BHO: MSN Toolbar Helper - {d2ce3e00-f94a-4740-988e-03dc2f38c34f} - C:\Program Files\MSN\Toolbar\3.0.1203.0\msneshellx.dll
O2 - BHO: Java(tm) Plug-In 2 SSV Helper - {DBC80044-A445-435b-BC74-9C25C1C588A9} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jp2ssv.dll
O2 - BHO: JQSIEStartDetectorImpl - {E7E6F031-17CE-4C07-BC86-EABFE594F69C} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\lib\deploy\jqs\ie\jqs_plugin.dll
O3 - Toolbar: MSN Toolbar - {1E61ED7C-7CB8-49d6-B9E9-AB4C880C8414} - C:\Program Files\MSN\Toolbar\3.0.1203.0\msneshellx.dll
O3 - Toolbar: XfireXO Toolbar - {5e5ab302-7f65-44cd-8211-c1d4caaccea3} - C:\Program Files\XfireXO\tbXfi1.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ISUSPM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe" -scheduler
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware] "C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe" /starttray
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SunJavaUpdateSched] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nmctxth] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Pure Networks Shared\Platform\nmctxth.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Linksys Wireless Manager] "C:\Program Files\Linksys\Linksys Wireless Manager\LinksysWirelessManager.exe" /cm /min /lcid 1033
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nmapp] "C:\Program Files\Pure Networks\Network Magic\nmapp.exe" -autorun -nosplash
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\RunOnce: [nltide_2] regsvr32 /s /n /i:U shell32 (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\RunOnce: [nltide_2] regsvr32 /s /n /i:U shell32 (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [DWQueuedReporting] "C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\DW\dwtrig20.exe" -t (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\RunOnce: [nltide_2] regsvr32 /s /n /i:U shell32 (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [DWQueuedReporting] "C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\MICROS~1\DW\dwtrig20.exe" -t (User 'Default user')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\RunOnce: [nltide_2] regsvr32 /s /n /i:U shell32 (User 'Default user')
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: @xpsp3res.dll,-20001 - {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - C:\WINDOWS\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {4E218431-2F07-40BD-A9D3-035324C1F13F} (DyynoX Class) - http://webserver.dyyno.com/tng/dyyn...
O16 - DPF: {6C269571-C6D7-4818-BCA4-32A035E8C884} (Creative Software AutoUpdate) - http://ccfiles.creative.com/Web/sof...
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://update.microsoft.com/microso...
O16 - DPF: {E06E2E99-0AA1-11D4-ABA6-0060082AA75C} -
O16 - DPF: {F6ACF75C-C32C-447B-9BEF-46B766368D29} (Creative Software AutoUpdate Support Package) - http://ccfiles.creative.com/Web/sof...
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Browseui preloader - {438755C2-A8BA-11D1-B96B-00A0C90312E1} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O22 - SharedTaskScheduler: Component Categories cache daemon - {8C7461EF-2B13-11d2-BE35-3078302C2030} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\browseui.dll
O23 - Service: IviRegMgr - InterVideo - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InterVideo\RegMgr\iviRegMgr.exe
O23 - Service: Java Quick Starter (JavaQuickStarterService) - Sun Microsystems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
O23 - Service: Jumpstart Wifi Protected Setup (jswpsapi) - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Linksys\WMP110\jswpsapi.exe (file missing)
O23 - Service: MBAMService - Malwarebytes Corporation - C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe
O23 - Service: Pure Networks Platform Service (nmservice) - Cisco Systems, Inc. - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Pure Networks Shared\Platform\nmsrvc.exe
O23 - Service: NVIDIA-OMEGA Display Driver Service (NVSvc) - NVIDIA Corporation - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe

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End of file - 6959 bytes


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#5
April 8, 2010 at 20:58:44
The above is my HiJack Log. If anyone can look everything over and give me some ideas. My focal points are; Do I return the new NIC because the old one wasnt actually bad? Is there something up with the PC or are the cards just not strong enough and I need to move the PC closer? Is there a way to use my other router to further the signal?

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#6
April 9, 2010 at 07:25:15
The entries below seem to be stopping some service. I'm always suspicious about entries in the RunOnce folder.

I'm not a fan of toolbars either. I uninstalled all toolbars on my system.

O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\RunOnce: [nltide_2] regsvr32 /s /n /i:U shell32 (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')

O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\RunOnce: [nltide_2] regsvr32 /s /n /i:U shell32 (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')

O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\RunOnce: [nltide_2] regsvr32 /s /n /i:U shell32 (User 'SYSTEM')

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#7
April 13, 2010 at 00:57:06
That really didnt do anything at all. Anyone have any ideas? I did an extension cord test and I have to be only 40 feet from the router no walls in between to get full strength. I am going to be stuck with a new $60 WNIC and the same issue QQ. I mean is that really all the Wireless-G+ network can braodcast up to is 40-50 feet? Deosn't make sense when the other computer is at least 100 feet away with two walls between and gets 30-40% Strength >.<.

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#8
April 13, 2010 at 05:30:07
The only other things I can suggest are:

Boot it safe mode. See if the problem remains.

Run msconfig & look under the startup tab. Uncheck what isn't needed. If you aren't sure, post what's there.

Let windows control the NIC.

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