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post #1 of 11
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Heya everybody,

So I downgraded my PC back in February to an AMD system. The first motherboard had the Realtek 8111DL chipset for the LAN.

I was noticing every day, at least once, my driver would fail. I would have to unhook my ethernet cable and plug it back in so it would work.

I thought it was due to me not reformatting after switching from Intel, so I did a complete reformat. Wiped everything clean, and it continued. Well needless to say I bought another motherboard for core unlocking purposes, and after yet ANOTHER reformat, the driver for the Realtek 8111DL chipset continues to fail.

I have installed it many times, old versions, brand new, and nothing prevents it from failing. I get no error message, just lose connection and a yellow ! appears on my icon in the toolbar.

I cannot replicate the problem and it just happens randomly it seems. I went into the driver properties and disabled anything that I thought that could be doing it such as some "Green" setting, changed it to full duplex, turned off any sort of sleep options.

It's driving me crazy and I'm about to push my computer with a baseball bat. I had to unplug and replug back in about 5 times already today.

Any suggestions? I was considering buying a NIC but would rather try to fix this issue.
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post #2 of 11
It honestly doesn't sound like your nic or the driver. Try using a different ethernet cable first. If that doesn't solve it, move onto (if you have one) your router. If your actual driver was failing, you'd get more than just a yellow exclamation point. You would most likely receive an error message or the NIC would be flagged in the device manager.
Also what I would try is see if the manufacturer has an updated driver for it.
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It honestly doesn't sound like your nic or the driver. Try using a different ethernet cable first. If that doesn't solve it, move onto (if you have one) your router. If your actual driver was failing, you'd get more than just a yellow exclamation point. You would most likely receive an error message or the NIC would be flagged in the device manager.
Also what I would try is see if the manufacturer has an updated driver for it.
Could it be the port I use on my router? It's only my computer affected. My brother's is fine and so is his and my mom's laptop.

I'll have to go look for another cord I could use to test if it's the cord. Next time it happens, I'll take a look in the device manager to see if it gets flagged.
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Could it be the port I use on my router? It's only my computer affected. My brother's is fine and so is his and my mom's laptop.

I'll have to go look for another cord I could use to test if it's the cord. Next time it happens, I'll take a look in the device manager to see if it gets flagged.
It could be the port, but I would rule out a bad cable first.
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It could be the port, but I would rule out a bad cable first.
I tried a different port & cable, but it's still happening.

I'm going to try and wipe the driver completely and see if it still happens after I reinstall it.

Are there any other suggestions besides installing a NIC? If I must install a NIC, could a PCI bus handle it or must I get PCI-E?
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PCI has enough bandwidth (133 MB/sec = 1064 mbit), although is half duplex at the bus level.
Unless you do a lot of LAN transfers between RAID arrays or SSD's you won't notice the difference, though.

I'd point to dead/dying NIC, indeed.
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PCI has enough bandwidth (133 MB/sec = 1064 mbit), although is half duplex at the bus level.
Unless you do a lot of LAN transfers between RAID arrays or SSD's you won't notice the difference, though.

I'd point to dead/dying NIC, indeed.
Nah I don't do a lot of LAN transfers.

The thing though with the dead/dying NIC thing is that it was happening with another AMD board before this

The only thing they had in common NIC was was, well, it was the same chipset.
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post #8 of 11
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Just posting an update:

I tried a different router port and it still happened.

So I found a D-Link NIC in my closet and hooked that up and now I haven't had a single disconnect all day. While I'm glad that I fixed it (so far), I'm not glad I don't know what's causing the issue. Whether it's the onboard hardware or the driver.

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post #10 of 11
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SILENT DATA CORRUPTION

Realtek driver 6.191<-bad very bad.
Use md5 checker and check the checksums of the files you downloaded. A couple of them will be altered by a small bit due to it.
Uninstall that driver and download a newer one.
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