Intel has a driver update for newly launched 700-series motherboards with 1226 ethernet controllers, which prospects reported would randomly drop ethernet connection. This could hopefully provide a brief repair for Raptor Lake motherboards as Intel continues to work on the difficulty. 

In January, we reported {that a} design flaw on the Intel ethernet 1226-V 2.5 Gbe controller would often trigger it to lose an ethernet connection for a number of seconds. On the time, the one workaround was switching to wi-fi or putting in a spare PCIe community card. 

Final month Intel posted on its neighborhood discussion board it had “reproduced the difficulty and is diligently engaged on a root trigger and repair,” however the submit did not actually deal with the difficulty with the I226-V itself, which is the successor to its often problematic I225 ethernet 2.5 GbE controller. 

When you have disconnection points on a 700-series chipset with a 1226 ethernet controller, Intel suggests doing the next:

“For any of our prospects experiencing this downside, a mitigation choice to discover is to disable the “Power Environment friendly Ethernet (EEE)” mode within the Superior Home windows/ Linux driver setting.”

The brand new driver update will disable EEE by default. Nonetheless, Intel remains to be working to determine a extra everlasting resolution which may show troublesome if it is a matter with the chip itself that may’t be fastened on the software program aspect. Benchlife reviews that MSI has additionally launched driver updates with Intel’s newest networking chip on their motherboards, with different OEMs doubtless following quickly. 

Within the meantime, in the event you personal a brand new 700-series chipset motherboard, you may test in the event you’re experiencing these random drops by diving into your Home windows Occasion Viewer and looking out below “Home windows Logs” then “System” and trying to find “e2fnexpress” and see if and when your community hyperlink has been disconnected.