Since yesterday my computer has started to stutter when connected to the internet, but the conditions in which this happens are very strange.
When this problem first came up I tried restoring my router to factory defaults and checking for firmware updates to no avail, and then decided my computer was due for a reformat anyway so I reinstalled Windows 7 fresh, since there aren't any files on my computer I was particularly interested in saving. At first I thought the problem was solved, until I installed the latest drivers for my graphics card. The stutter came back and I was puzzled as to why.
After experimenting trying to find the source of the stuttering I learned a few things:
- What I had first thought was only my mouse skipping turned out to be the entire screen, and audio stuttering
- Uninstalling my graphics drivers fixes the problem
- Uninstalling or disabling my network drivers fixes the problem
- Changing my router from mixed to wireless G fixes the problem
The strange thing is, the problem started when I reinstalled my Asus PCE-N13 wireless card's drivers, but a reformat didn't fix the problem.
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
CPU: Intel i7 @ 2.66ghz
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850
Mobo: ASRock x58 Extreme
Wireless Card: Asus PCE-N13
Router: Linksys WRT300N V1.1
I'm currently running ok using Wireless G, but I would like to be able to change my router back to mixed in order to take advantage of N's speed, and if the problem is hardware related I'd rather know now before something fails completely.
Anyone with similar problems or ideas that might help would be greatly appreciated.