'Request timed out' every 20-30 seconds.

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Hey, I hope anyone doesn't mind helping me. I'm having occasional lag spikes with my new laptop's wireless adapter.

I first noticed it in games, and decided to ping my router in CMD. I see the occasional "request timed out", and not sure how to fix it.

My other computers connected to the network are working fine, and I've tried USB Wireless adapters in my laptop which work fine, which implies the problem lies with the inbuilt adapter itself.

I've tried reformatting, and updating drivers, but to no avail.

I thought maybe the adapter might just be faulty, but then I decided to test it on Linux. I pinged the router in the terminal and... it seemed to work fine. I thought maybe some background process in Windows might be doing something to cause the problem, so I started in safe mode (with networking)... still the problem remained.

So I'm pretty much out of ideas now. Do I need to change a setting in the router? Is the adapter faulty somehow? Or is it just Windows messing up?

I'm on a Dell Inspiron 7520, Windows 8. The adapter is a Centrino 2230.

Any thoughts would be appreciated, thanks!
 

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did you actually download and install the driver - or just update

using the service tag - written on a label on the laptop goto the dell website and actually download and install the driver
 

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Yeah, I've tested drivers from both Dell's website, and Intel's website (network card manufacturer). The problem persists either way, unfortunately :(
 

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Try reseating the wireless adapter

If the adapter is easily accessible, usually through a cover on the bottom of the laptop.
Remove and reinsert it carefully and firmly to make sure it is not loose.
Then remove and carefully and firmly replace it several times to cure any possible looseness or corrosion.
At the same time check to make sure the antenna leads are securely attached.
NOte: This is not taking the machine apart. We do not recommend removing the keyboard when that is necessary to find the wireless.

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Oh, I actually had the network card replaced recently, but with the problem still persisting I'm really out of ideas... I'm thinking it could be some obscure setting in Windows somewhere.. or, I don't know :(
 

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do you have two wireless manager running - the windows one and the adapter version at all
 
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