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Today I have encountered a very very annoying problem while playing some source games, such as TF2 and CSS. This problem just started today, and I don't believe I have made any significant changes on my system. Both have nearly the same ping spike laggy effect.

In TF2, randomly during gameplay my ping can spike all the way from my usual 60 up to as far as 800 and then go down, or, just hover around a high range, like 500. My choke in the net graph also can go as high as 50. Playing during this is impossible and I lag teleport all over, or just see everyone else frozen in place, but I do not get a "WARNING : Connection Problem" error.

In CSS, my ping is at least double what it normally is in my favorite server. Normally, my ping hovers around 100, but now, it hovers around the 200 range. I have not played on the server when people were online, but I am sure it would produce the same effect TF2 is : much lag and anger.

I checked on Pingtest.net, and my score for my ISP, which is Road Runner, is now a C. A month ago when I checked, and everything was working fine, I got a B. I now just did a second test, and I got a slightly worse score than before, but it is still a C.

I don't know what could be causing this internet lag, and this is making me extremely frustrated to the point where I want to throw my expensive new computer out of the window, which I definitely do not want to do. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can fix this?
    
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Try different drivers for your wireless adapter if you have one, that fixed a problem of mine.
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Try different drivers for your wireless adapter if you have one, that fixed a problem of mine.
Well, the problem is not as worse today with the same drivers I have been using, but I have discovered something else. I do not need to replace drivers, but more likely the adapter itself. My DWA-142 USB adapter has been frequently disconnecting and reconnecting with the "hardware found" sound on windows, each time with a different signal strength. I suppose the adapter may be overheating. When I move it at all, it also disconnects and reconnects. When I picked it up, it was very hot to the touch. I am seriously considering purchasing a D-Link wireless N PCI adapter. Any suggestions on a good one to buy, preferably a D-Link PCI adapter?
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