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Laptop taking long time to load internet? Full bars?

by JFCreally / June 26, 2013 6:48 AM PDT

I just bought a used dell inspiron n7110. When I hook up to my wifi I get full bars, but the internet takes forever to load. When I first got it, I thought it was because I had netflix going, and another laptop running. Turned the other one off and it ran okay then went slow again?

So, I know it's not my wifi. Anyone know what would cause this? Not sure if this is the right place to post this or not?

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Since it's new to you.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 26, 2013 7:21 AM PDT

Restore the OS per Dell's instructions and it should be as good as new if there is no hardware issue.
Bob

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??
by JFCreally / June 26, 2013 8:03 AM PDT
In reply to: Since it's new to you.

Don't I need an OS disk?

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Yes.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / June 26, 2013 8:14 AM PDT
In reply to: ??

You can get one from Dell. Personally, I would restore the OS on any used computer I bought.

Dafydd.

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Wouldn't you want that with your (new to you) PC?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 26, 2013 8:38 AM PDT
In reply to: ??

Also, if it is defective, why keep it. Let them deal with it.
Bob

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Ethernet hook up works?
by JFCreally / June 26, 2013 10:55 AM PDT

But wireless is slow. Could it be the driver, or bad card?

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Yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 26, 2013 11:20 AM PDT

And it could be another of the usual. Such as the prior owner never use canned air. As a test, the answer to that is not "What is canned air?"

Bob

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Whats going on?
by JFCreally / June 26, 2013 12:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes.
Confused Alright, if I hook the power cable in, it runs fast(wifi) take it out, slow? What is going on here?
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That's a good clue!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 27, 2013 2:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Whats going on?

In laptops to give better battery times the CPU can clock down to less than half speed.

Now that you've given me that clue, I have to write there is nothing wrong with this laptop. It's simply doing what it is supposed to.
Bob

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PS. Lots of prior discussions about the speed changing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 27, 2013 3:01 AM PDT
In reply to: That's a good clue!
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Try this.
by iminmessaging / June 26, 2013 10:11 PM PDT
I had listed many points may be some of them could help you. Recently I was also confronting with this situation.

1. Check your router's eco settings.

2. The distance between your router and the wireless adapter is a more relevant factor than you might think.

3. Go with either an omnidirectional antenna that scatters the signal throughout your home.

4. There may be some impact of distance.

5. Figure out the best spot for your router

6. Noise is being picked up by your built-in Wi-Fi transmitter. Higher that noise is, the more likely it is for your wireless adapter to lower bandwidth automatically.

7. Make sure that your router's firmware is up-to-date or not.

8. The day your router is set up, it automatically detects the least crowded channel and makes that its default, check it.

9. Use your router's 5GHz network, because it's a low crowded frequency. Just enable the 5GHz network for your laptop.

10. Limit your router's frequency band.
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Fast when on power though?
by JFCreally / June 27, 2013 4:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this.

If I hook it up to the power cord it goes fast? I have 3 other laptops, a PS3 I watch netflix on, and my PC. No issues at all with those. As soon as I take it of the power cord it slows down? What would cause this?

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The design, the power settings.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 27, 2013 4:16 AM PDT

It's pretty well discussed yet your posts reveal an issue in this industry.

That is, folk are being tossed into the deep end of the pool with no training and no life guard.

You can now research and learn about the power settings in the control panel.
Bob

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Fixed?
by JFCreally / June 27, 2013 4:17 AM PDT

I think I might have fixed it. When they restored the laptop it went to "balanced" settings and had the wifi on medium to save battery life. I changed it to "Dell" settings and it is going fast for now.

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Mystery gone.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 27, 2013 4:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Fixed?

It's just the power settings.

You bring up a good point. That is, are the days over for exposing controls that can cause support issues or questions?
Bob

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