I'm running the newest version of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on my HP laptop dual-booting along with Windows 10.

On Windows, the Wi-Fi connection works as expected and is relatively fast, but on Ubuntu it's very slow and takes minutes just to load one webpage. What could be causing this? Could it be a driver issue, and if so how do I update it?

Feedback appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Could you list the model of HP laptop and/or the chipset of its wifi card? – thomasrutter Jan 10 '18 at 22:56
  • The laptop is HP 255 G1 and the Wi-Fi adapter is Ralink RT3290 802.11bgn (I think? At least that's what Windows tells me) – Ave Jan 10 '18 at 23:27

Connect to ethernet, and run sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade && sudo apt dist-upgrade

This command updates your system fully. That way, if there is a fix already in the new kernels (which get updated extremely frequently) you get it.

  • Thank you, but I do not have access to direct connection to ethernet. I assume it's possible over Wi-Fi? But I'll try that. But would it make a difference considering I just recently installed Ubuntu with the latest .iso? – Ave Jan 11 '18 at 2:55
  • 16.04 is not the "latest" iso. That's April 2016. – pauljohn32 Jan 11 '18 at 4:42
  • pauljohn32 However, it is LTS and more widely supported than 17.04 or 17.10, which are both getting to be end-of-life soon. – Gaultier Gotz Jan 11 '18 at 13:35

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