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Re: Internet speed

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My speed has slowed down a bit, but not enough to disrupt streaming.
My problem is that my Livebox needs rebooting quite often. But I do not complain as it gives me a chance to call the ladies on the English assistance line in Tunisia and feign stupidity - boy, do they have sexy voices :good: :good:

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LD, I've got a HP laptop (Windows 7) loosing WiFi contact so every now and then. From 5.30 PM to about 11.00 PM. Moving to the room where the router is solves the problem 9 out of 10 cases. Another smaller laptop (W 10): no problems at all. I have always an ethernet cable inside the cabinet where the modem does it's work. A hardwired connection is the easiest way to see if your WiFi signal (or computer) is the problem, or the connection to your internet service provider. Looking in front of me: a lot of dvd's and usb sticks with too many maintenance tools. Booting with a lean and mean Linux-family operating system and using maintenance tools, virus checking, memory checking, hard disk/ssd tools and internet tools is the fastest way to bypass a Windows system, getting more complex and finally unstable after many buggy updates by Microsoft.

The more serious producers publish driver updates for everything but the kitchen sink. Including BIOS updates, new graphics and WiFi drivers, you name it. Already been there? The regular updates of Microsoft sometimes do the same thing, lessons learned: I ask the HP website to analyze my computer.

WiFi: you can have a look how busy your high frequency streets are in the WiFi spectrum, changing to another channel sometimes solves many problems. I still have an older (free) version of INSSIDer to sniff around and see who is in the air. Using the same channels as others slows down your connection speed, mid-air collisions.

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Re: Internet speed

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Same family of laptop Compaq/HP and also Windows 7, I am going to plug back in the ethernet cable for a few days and see if its more stable.

Its really time to replace the machine but having had no income since last October and outgoings to pay on 7 empty dwellings plus taxes & social charges for money that I have not and will not earn this year it will have to wait for better times.

The locking tang on the Ethernet connector has broken off & it falls out all the time which is why I prefer the wi-fi, plus not being tethered, when its working there is no difference in speed but it will be good to check, however if it says that Firefox ne répondre pas then would that not mean a computer problem and not the internet connection?

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LD, getting rid of temporary files, too many sneaky footprints of websites you visited etc. can be helpful to get more speed. Cleaning your OS and harddisk with the tools already available in W7, we all have got plenty of time I'm afraid. Don't forget to run a defragmentation of your hard disk to enhance disk access times. How much free space on your hard disk? If you have too many applications running and you are low on memory (how much installed?), Windows starts swapping data from memory to harddisk and back again, slowing down everything enormously because of the hard disk access times, memory is much faster.

You can run CPU-Z ( a free utility program) to have a look under the hood with running motor and figure out what type of memory modules are inside. And buy additional memory. For an ageing HP low profile desktop I bought a "new" NVIDIA Quadro graphics card with it's own video memory on board and two additional memory modules (DDR2, PC5300, 2 GB each) and a "second hand" Windows 10 license, allowed under EU law and activated it with the help of the Microsoft helpdesk. So there are possibilities to avoid throwing away good hardware.

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After the Storm wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 3:45 pm
RobertArthur wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 2:55 pm
AtS, from the last couple of weeks to the last couple of days. Okay, check your side of the fence and afterwards go for a walk of say, 5, 6 km and inspect the telehpone wiring outside. Could be an open box and corroded wiring etc. In these Covid-19 times they are not very eager to go out, these Orange guys, so if you could give them some guidance, as a substitute for the famous guide Nathalie, there is a possibility that they come over to fix things.

Other cher clients of Orange in the neighbourhood the same problems?
The speed has gone slow for a couple of weeks but the coming and going of the internet connection just started in the last couple of days, it just keeps dropping out if that makes sense. I will go for a cycle ride when it is cooler and take a look at the wiring as you suggested, thanks.
I had a similar problem that went on for weeks. I discovered a box had fallen off one of the poles about 200m up the road and was open to the elements. I phoned the ISP several times and they kept saying an engineer would be out to fix it, nobody appeared. In the end I said I knew where the fault was and described it exactly. I told them if they didn't get someone to fix it I would go down there with my ladders and do it myself. Next day it was repaired!

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LD, about Windows 7. This morning I fired up my HP laptop, surprise: Please wait, configuring Windows, don't switch off. Did I receive an update? Unlikely. Or triggered by a cleaning action last night? It's faster than yesterday, so I do not complain. About life after January 14 2020, the end of W 7 support by Microsoft, an interesting article.

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I have avoided the Windows freefall into oblivion and stayed with W7. There are several threads on https://www.sevenforums.com/ on how to avoid the various nagging popups coming down the line to get people to upgrade ( :lol: ) to W10. I built a new desktop late last year as a backup and did a fresh install of W7 and only installed necessary security and functional updates, avoiding the telemetry that lets Microsoft nosey around your computer. Then switched off all Microsoft updates. Been running as fast as ever and I haven't yet turned into a pumpkin. Any internet problems I get are down to Orange and their lack of giving a damn about their rural customers.
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I have similar problems and find that by changing the WiFi in the iOS settings and then changing it back again, it seems to get straight back online, so the social distancing affects the protocol and probably they are not handshaking as suggested. With all this deserved bitterness about Orange, It would be better if they changed their name to Marmalade.
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Thick cut would seem appropriate. 8-)
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