strange internet connection problems
Posted on 2001-06-13
Sometimes when I use the internet (IE5.5) it suddenly stops receiving information - or appears to. It just stops. No activity on the indicators. If I dump the connection and reconnect it usually starts up again OK. Sometimes it doesn't. Even shutting down IE and restarting doesn't sort it then. Everything connects OK but nothing comes down the wire. If I restart in this situation almost certainly Win98 doesn't shut down after the final screen and I have to hit the reset. After that AOK again. I have found one webpage where the activity light would flash as though the page had downloaded but nothing changed on the screen. If I disconnect/reconnect the next page is already there and displayed instantly. This is really weird. It doesn't happen all the time, and doesn't consistently happen with the same webpages. I use zonealarm, but disabling this doesn't appear to make any difference. I also use filtergate (was adfilter) but only for the "adultfilter" - I disable the adfiltering function. Again, disabling this app makes no difference. Like another questioner I appear to have many aliases (50-100+) in the I/O property of my computer under device manager although I have no idea if this is usual or not. I think I have all the latest upgrades to IE5.5 and currently have (I think) DUN 1.3. At no time do I ever receive any error messages and no programme is ever "not responding" I guess this problem surfaces in about 5-10% of my web browsing. One other (possible) indicator. My portal occasionally fails to read the cookie I have on my machine so I don't get the usual customised welcome screen. Any suggestions welcome.