May 9, 2020
My wifi card isnt working.

I had a PCI-e card that wasnt working, it would shut off every 20 minutes or so and I would have to turn the computer off and wiggle it around and reboot to make it work. So I replaced it with another PCI-e wifi card, the ASROCK h510-HVS R2.0, and it worked maybe a little better, but still had the same issue, the wifi wiould disconnect every 20-30 minutes or so, and when I clicked the wifi widget in the tool bar, it wouldn't even show a list of any nearby networks, it would simply be blank. I thought maybe it was an issue with the motherboard, so I bought a new motherboard; I now own the ASROCK h510-HVS R2.0. This did not fix the problem. Also when I noticed that when the wifi shut out and I went into windows settings and tried clicking "Network & Internet" the window would freeze up and it wouldn't open, but I had no problem clicking into all the other settings categories such as "system" or "devices" or "privacy."

I eventually discovered that I could fix the problem by re-installing the drivers, whereby every time the wifi shut out, I would run the ASUS wifi card driver installation file and select repair and then my wifi would turn back on. So this makes me believe that it is not a hardware issue. Is it possible that the drivers are just bad or something?? The only other thing I can think of is that the card might be overheating and shutting itself down? and maybe it just stays shutoff until i wake it up by re-installing the drivers? But I think this overheating theory is a longshot cuz i keep it rlly cool in my place like 68degrees F and I have two or three fans in the case; also it doesnt explain why my computer is freezing up when I try and click into "Network & Internet Settings." I tried working through a lot of trouble shooting articles like the one below:

Here is my setup:
CPU: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600 @ 2.80GHz 2.81 GHz
Installed RAM: 16.0 GB (15.9 GB usable)
System type: 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
Running Windows 10, and all the wifi card drivers are for windows 10 as well.

Grateful for any thoughts / suggestions / advice