Wireless card takes very long to start up after boot

September 27, 2012 at 07:18:09
Specs: Windows 7, AMD E-450/6GB Ram
My wireless connection takes about 5 minutes to actually work once I reboot my windows computer. Once I start it, the wireless indicator in the bottom right corner of the screen shows that it is loading, but then freezes and doesn't let me use most applications on my computer. Then all of a sudden it will so a wireless signal and connection and everything works just fine.

On the other hand, when I use the function key on my keyboard that turns off the wireless card before I restart my computer, the wireless stays off when I reboot. Then I turn it back on using the function keys and my wireless will connect automatically.

Why is it that the wireless card/connection won't start up quickly if I just leave it on like people always do normally? Why is it that I have to toggle it on/off all the time for it to work connect quickly?


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#1
September 27, 2012 at 09:43:50
The first thing you should do is look for newer drivers for the network interface. If you find newer ones, download and apply them and see if that doesn't fix the issue.

If that doesn't make a difference, you could try resetting the TCP/IP stack. To reset your TCP/IP stack first open a command prompt window (ie: Start >> Run >> type cmd and hit Enter) and perform the following command:

netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt

Note If you do not want to specify a directory path for the log file, use the following command:

netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt

Then reboot the computer.

If none of the above works you could try opening Device Manager and uninstalling the network interface from there and then reboot and let windows "find" and reinstall it.

As to why it takes so long, that's hard to say. The first thing that comes to my mind is that it's just your system is loading a lot of stuff at bootup. I always use msconfig to stop unessential stuff from loading. You might want to look at doing the same.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
September 28, 2012 at 11:36:48
I thank you for the reply. I have tried your suggestions. My driver is up to date, I have reset the TCP/IP stack but still nothing. It just takes a really long time to unfreeze and get connected to my wireless network. I don't have anything other then microsoft security essentials and skydrive that start up when I log in. This is very weird and annoying. Maybe I'll have to live with it.

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#3
September 28, 2012 at 11:58:39
I don't have anything other then microsoft security essentials and skydrive that start up when I log in.

Oh, I'm quite sure you have much more than that starting up at bootup. Open your msconfig and have a look and you'll see what I mean. To open msconfig to to Start >> Run and type msconfig and hit Enter. Once msconfig opens click on the "Startup" tab.

All the stuff listed there is loading on bootup. Some of it can be unchecked. Some of it can't. So if you'd like to unload some of those, you'll need to research each on before unchecking the box to ensure you won't be unloading something critical.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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