General PC Help Thread - OP updated with useful links - READ

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread - OP updated with useful links - READ
by <]:^D » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:39 pm

can you 'forget' the BT hotspot?
what windows are you on?

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread - OP updated with useful links - READ
by Ironhide » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:44 pm

Win10.

I'm using an Asus dongle to connect and I'm wondering whether it's the software for that causing the problem, might try uninstalling it and see what happens.

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread - OP updated with useful links - READ
by <]:^D » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:46 pm

you shouldnt need any 3rd party software to connect on Win10; try uninstalling it for sure

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread - OP updated with useful links - READ
by Green Gecko » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:52 am

You can also try finding out what chipset your Asus dongle uses and downloading the driver directly from the semiconductor manufacturer, installing it with Device Manager. It's nearly always a Ralink, Broadcom or Azalia chipset and their drivers are sometimes better than the ones automatically installed by Windows Update. I've never had any problems doing that with Ralink chipsets.

Edit: if it's an Asus it probbaly is a Ralink chipset, they are quite good, the parent company is now MediaTek and their chipset numbers begin with "MT" (or RT). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralink

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Windows has never needed any kind of software install or tray utility to run at startup for managing Wifi connections since the Wireless Zero Configuration Utility (a service running with the OS unless it's been disabled) in XP SP2. If your USB device's chipset driver is installed, whatever brand on on the plastic casing, it will work. So I never install any of that stuff, or I install it to get the driver and then uninstall the pointless utility that comes with it, as it's just bloat and often buggy crap.

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PostRe: General PC Help Thread - OP updated with useful links - READ
by Ironhide » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:17 pm

All sorted now.

I normally don't install utility software but for some reason Windows wouldn't recognise the dongle when I first got it unless the utility was running and I never bothered uninstalling it afterwards as everything seemed okay.

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