I have a PC that is having some connection issues. It randomly drops pings. Not like 1 ping dropped here and there, but like every 5-15 minutes, it will drop 2-6 pings.
I have hooked it up to an entirely different wall socket, with a new Ethernet cord, and it is still experiencing the drops. So the issue seems to be with the laptop or Ethernet card itself.
It is a new laptop, only a few months old, and the Ethernet card is not heavily used (i.e. not massive torrent downloading or anything like that).
So my questions are.
Is there a good free program I can use to specifically test the Ethernet card?
Is there anything else anyone would suggest trying/testing?
Other than answers to the above 2 questions -- do you think it's pretty safe to assume the Ethernet adapter is starting to fail?