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So, my internet has always been shoddy. Shoddy, but bearable. Has been like this on all systems that use internet in my house. Frequent dropouts (have to reset the internet using either the online internet settings or just power down the router and modem and power them up again). I've had people come by to check and repair, never really helped. My own PC (sigrig) has always had it the worst.

Now two week ago, our provider sent us a new modem because they were making changes in the speeds and such. I installed it, and it works fine on all the machines in our house. Actually, better than it's been for ages. No dropouts, fast download speeds, things like that. Except for my PC. I can load a page, and then... Nothing. Wait a few minutes, another page. Large pages only load half or something, and I just can't figure out the problem. I think it's the wireless card, but I don't have the money to just throw it out and buy a new one without being sure that's it.

I got a long Ethernet cable (10m I believe), I plugged it in, and I had internet... Sort of. I checked speedtest, it gave me a way slower speed than I should get. I thought, my PC might be complete crapped out, so I plugged it into my laptop... Same low speed.

So, I now have two things I can solve, either one will do. Either I need to solve my PC's wireless problem, or find out why the cable so drastically lowers the download speed. Any help with this will be highly appreciated.

Also, if I need to buy a new wireless card, please do share which one. Not a Lynksys, because my router dislikes Lynksys for some reason (had a repair guy here once with a Lynksys, also gave problems to him).

Additional info:
House contains (except for my PC) -
2 Laptops, Windows 7
1 Laptop, Mac OSX
Ipod Touch
Nintendo DS
Nintendo DS Lite

All these work perfectly fine. No problems, whatsover.

Speeds:
My PC (with cable): 1.44 down, 1.25 up, 27 ping.
My laptop (without cable): 16 down, 1.2 up, 20 ping.
My laptop (with cable): 1.14 down, 1.25 up, 15 ping.
Macbook (my brother's, without cable): 18.92 down, 1.27 up, 40 ping.

I ran all these tests multiple times, and they are consistent.

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Have you tried a new cat5e cable? You may have a bad one(it happens). I'd also try buying an inexpensive router instead of using their all-in-one modem router it sounds like you're using?

As far as wireless, what letter are the pc and laptop's getting 1.2 using? Make sure they are all G, or N.
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Have you tried a new cat5e cable? You may have a bad one(it happens). I'd also try buying an inexpensive router instead of using their all-in-one modem router it sounds like you're using?

As far as wireless, what letter are the pc and laptop's getting 1.2 using? Make sure they are all G, or N.
I'm using a separate modem and router. The cable is cat5e, but you're right, it might be a bad one. I've got some others, but they're significantly shorter, but I'll see if they give better results (on my laptop, that is, because they won't reach my PC). If they do, I'll probably get a new cable.

And I'm not sure how to check the G or N settings, but I'll find out. I'll report back with any results.

Also, I plugged my laptop directly into the modem (using the same cable), and it didn't work, at all. It got stuck on "Identifying" the internet.
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Check the device properties on both the wireless desktop and laptop running at the slower speed. It will say intelv345AGN or something similar.
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