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Re: 16.04 MATE fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2017, 11:26:21 pm »
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Hello Mark,

So, I managed to install the 32 bit version of Peppermint, I'm actually not sure how to determine if my processor is 64 bit capable or not, so i went with 32 by default.

Nice slick OS, I like it and will stick with it if I can figure out this wifi problem.

The wifi is still pitifully slow.  .42 down, wheras 164 mbps down on the LAN cable.

However the laptop is still operating slowly as well, the browser seemed to take longer than it should to load pages, even on the WLAN.

I'm beginning to think there could be a hardware problem.

On the install I did not check "download updates while installing" but I did check the other box, the codecs or proprietary drivers one...

Thanks for your time.

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Re: fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2017, 11:56:22 pm »
well, I got fed up and tried to install the 64 bit version, and on the second or third screen it asks to connect to a wifi network (no wifi present when I run live USB) it doesn't actually list my available wifi networks in the area, but instead asks me to chose the network called (my network adaptor)  Ralink corp. RT3090 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe

Weird.

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Re: fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2017, 12:06:41 am »
You wanna try the really old rtl2860sta driver from here:
http://cxperimental.weebly.com/updated-rt2860pci-ralink-mediatek-wireless-driver-2015-for-linux-3x-40-kernels.html
?

If so, (with an ethernet connection) open a terminal and run these commands in sequence:
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sudo apt-get install build-essential
then
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cd ~/Desktop
then
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wget http://cxperimental.weebly.com/uploads/4/1/8/2/4182100/rt2860git14-7-2015.tar.gz
then
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tar xvf rt2860git14-7-2015.tar.gz
then
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cd ~/Desktop/2010_07_16_RT2860_Linux_STA_v2.4.0.0
then
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make
then
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sudo make install
then
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sudo rmmod rt2800pci
then
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sudo modprobe -v rt2860sta
and if wireless works .. let me know how the speed is.

Be aware this will NOT (at the moment) survive a reboot .. after a reboot you'll be back on the rt2800pci driver until you run:
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sudo rmmod rt2800pci
then
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sudo modprobe -v rt2860sta
again .. but if this works, we can make this permanent.
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Re: fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2017, 12:40:14 am »
The last command gave me this:  (wifi not working)

sudo modprobe -v rtl2860sta
modprobe: FATAL: Module rtl2860sta not found in directory /lib/modules/4.4.0-51-generic

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Re: fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2017, 12:49:35 am »
Thanks for trying, Mark.
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Re: fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2017, 01:00:09 am »
sorry, typo .. try:
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sudo modprobe -v rt2860sta
Also fixed in the instructions above.
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Re: fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2017, 01:25:16 am »
god@Lenovo ~/Desktop/2010_07_16_RT2860_Linux_STA_v2.4.0.0 $ sudo rmmod rt2800pcirmmod: ERROR: Module rt2800pci is not currently loaded
god@Lenovo ~/Desktop/2010_07_16_RT2860_Linux_STA_v2.4.0.0 $ sudo modprobe -v rt2860sta

did not have any effect, I believe?

I then redid the entire instructions, to no avail...

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Re: fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2017, 11:45:47 pm »
Mark,

I just noticed that this computer is also EXTREEEEEEMELY slow.

I opened a four or five tabs of the photoblog "thechivedotcom" and the thing just stalls and almost goes unresponsive.
I have the WLAN cable hooked up to this thing and the speedtest.net speed was very good, 164 down, yet it still loads pages like cold molasses.

The wifi speed on speedtest.net are still 0.40, very slow, but there's more to this.  This computer used to be  very fast and It's got a freshly installed OS. That used to be all I needed to make it run well...

any ideas?

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Re: fresh install WIFI extremely slow
« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2017, 05:45:48 pm »
So, i've tried installing 64 bit OSs, laptop doesn't seem to like that, even though Puppy Linux's command here: 
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  grep -o -w -q 'lm' /proc/cpuinfo && echo "64 bit" || echo "32 bit"
returns an output of 64bit.  So, I tried installing various other distros/flavours, mint, Ubuntu MATE, Peppermint, and currently on Lubuntu.

Yes, the WIFI is still extremely slow.  I changed the channel back to 11 on the modem.  No change.  Ignore on Ipv6 settings, no change.

HOWEVER!!!  There is still the issue of extreme sluggishness in general of the laptop, irregardless of network connectivity.  Even when wired up on the LAN, opening pages is VERY slow.  Getting great numbers on speedtest when wired, but it certainly doesn't go quickly online.  I have tried using Chrome, Firefox, Qupzilla.  For God's sake even when typing this there's a lag.  Youtube is choppy. 

This laptop used to be very, very fast.

Oh, I also just completed your instructions for using the old driver.  It doesn't work.  I no longer have Wifi after the last command.

Thanks for your consideration.

 


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