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Old 09-09-2015, 09:00 AM   #1
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network problem for Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon

I hope that my question is not repetitive or that it has already been answered 100 times in other places, but here goes.

A friend of mine installed Linux Mint on a Lenovo Z50 laptop recently and everything seemed to be working fine at the time. Sometime later, a few days maybe, all of a sudden I kept experiencing problems with connecting to the internet via WiFi. The network would show up in the list and the connection strength would be strong, but once connected, the browser (firefox and also Chromium) would not load the home page, or they would work for a few minutes and then would not load any further pages. When checking the network it would appear to be connected but still no page would load. I have tried to update the drivers for the network card, which are now updated, and made sure it was the newest version of Firefox, but there has been no change. When I reboot the computer, the connection will work for maybe five minutes and then nothing, or it will simply not work at all. I cannot figure out if this is a configuration problem, a network problem with my router/ internet provider, or a software problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I don't think it's MINT 17 itself, may be the driver for your particular WIFI device, but I do see you've checked and/or updated that.

To diagnose if there's any ISP or local router problems, how about the connectivity with another device such as a phone, tablet, or just other computer? If that's fine then likely the ISP and your router are both fine.

Next thing is I might try direct cabled connection with your MINT 17 computer and your router and see if there are any problems like that.

If possible try to find a different WIFI adapter, such as one which uses a USB and try that.

Sorry, that's all I've got. I know of no particular problems with MINT and in fact use it connecting over WIFI myself with no problems.
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