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When I first boot up my computer and launch a browser, it takes 5-7 minutes before it will actually load a page. Before then, it just shows the "loading page" screen, no matter how many times I try to refresh (the browser itself doesn't hang, though). This happens when the computer is turned on; the router had already been on for several minutes before I turned on the computer. What's the issue?

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What version of windows, what browser, what add-ons/extensions are you using. If you load a clean copy of WIndows into a Virtual Machine does this still happen. Does it happen on a Linux installation. More information is required. – Ramhound Feb 26 '13 at 20:20

Try this Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools double click SERVICES go to "Wired AutoConfig" right click Properties and set the "Startup Type: " to "Automatic"

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at the moment this service was set to manual and was turned off. I don't use wireless.. – Totty.js Feb 26 '13 at 20:22
    
Its not for wireless! That's why your internet's not working. – Davidenko Feb 26 '13 at 20:25
    
The Wired AutoConfig (DOT3SVC) service is responsible for performing IEEE 802.1X (And that's not wireless :D ) Just turn it on again ;) – Davidenko Feb 26 '13 at 20:26
    
what exactly improves by activating this service? – Totty.js Feb 26 '13 at 20:54
    
If its turned of, you will have problems with your wired connection, wired client must perform an authentication prior to being able to use its switch port. So I recommend you turn it on to Automatic or Manual! – Davidenko Feb 26 '13 at 20:59

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