A problem that NO ONE seems to be able to solve.... help??
Posted on 2002-06-26
I hope the title doesn't turn anyone off to reading this. I think the person who can solve my problem should win... some huge award, as I have yet to find someone can help me... ^_^
Here we go,
About 6 months ago, I got windows XP, and built myself a new computer. Before that, I had been using DSL provided by Earthlink, and I continue to use it to this day. My problem started a few months after I got my computer, and it's kinda hard to describe. The best way to describe the problem is "getting disconected from the Internet every 10 seconds for 1 milisecond." I use a router, so I never actually 'connect' to Earthlink to get to the internet, I am always on, but it seems as though I get short lapses in my internet, causing me to
- be kicked off aim every 5 seconds,
- have to refresh a lot of webpages becuase they just don't load, or they load for a sec then IE gives me an error saying it couldn't find the server, or that the page could not be found, (the detect network settings page)
- get booted from all multiplayer games
- spend hours on the phone with the motherboard company, network card company, ISP, all to no avail. Generally it happens when I am on AIM, (aol instant messenger) and I can still see people online, but when I try to check their profiles, I get a "Please wait......" sign, and I eventually get a window from AIM that says I've been disconnected and it has to reconnect. Lately, it's been happening so often I can barely get one sentence in to somone before I get disconected. Likewise, when I am surfing the web, or downloading files, I often click on a link and get an error that the page doesn't exist, so I retry, and it works fine. Or when I'm downloading a file I'll get an error message that file "connection with server reset" and I have to try'n download the file again.
My computer specs are as follows,
AMD Athlon 1.2ghz on a Shuttle AK12 Motherboard
Netgear FA310TX, (I have also tried the 311)
D-Link DI-804 Router
As far as I know, neither AMD nor Shuttle has updates for their processor/motherboard, and Netgear has no updates for the FA310TX. I'm not sure about the D-Link router.
I think that's all you should need to know about the setup.
I never techincally LOSE connection to the point where I'd have to reconnect, (maybe I do and my router just reconnects for me automatically) but this problem is literally driving me insane. I have changed network cards, reformatted my computer, and tried different OSes. To make things even more complicated, I have 3 other computers in the house, and none of them have problems, or at most, they have problems VERY rarely with wierd disconections.
My friend said he thought it might be a problem with the way my motheboard is communicating with my network card under windows XP, but... I dunno.... I built the computer myself, it's the 7th one I have built, so I know I did everything, and made all the right settings. Perhaps there is something about Shuttle Ak12 motherboards and XP that I don't know.
Any help that anyone could give would really really help. I'm pretty much at the end of the line... I'm about ready to just throw this computer away and build a new one... I'm serious... This has been going on for like 6 months, and I can't take it anymore!
I realize this is lengthy, but I really want to give a good description of my problem. Thanks in advance for anyone who can help!