Here's my setup:
Win2K Server with NIC 1 connected to DSL with static IP and NIC 2 connect to LAN. ISC is enabled and standard DNS and DHCP servers turned off. Server runs IIS hosting several sites and an email server as well.
2 workstations - 1 running WinXP Pro freshly installed, the other running Win2K Pro.
Both workstations set to obtain IP and DNS from server.
Sitting at server I can access all websites with no problems - very fast response and no page failures.
Sitting at either workstation I can access some websites with no problem other than slightly slower than when siting at server. Email works fine and websites hosted on my server are fine. But, I have the following consitent problems:
- For some/many websites I have problems getting full pages to download in the browser. It appears to be mostly graphics that cause the problem. Most often they will simply not download and I will be left with placeholders. The very same websites load fine on the server.
- Very frequently pages will not load at all and instead the "Cannot find server or dns error" page will display. Often this occurs when following a link on a page that had problems loading in the first place, but also occurs for links on pages that seemed to load fine.
- Sometimes hitting refresh will allow the page to load, sometimes it will not.
- The "bad" websites are consistent. Everytime I go to them I experience the same problems in my browser, although sometimes the specific images that do download will alter. (An example is www.hondoo.com
- lots of graphics on home page and never loads properly. MSN homepage loads very quickly though).
- Finally, if I connect the WinXP computer to a dial up connection, everything works fine and all pages load as expected. The dialup account is with same ISP as the DSL account and uses the same DNS servers.
My limited understanding leads me to believe it is someting to do with DNS, but I have no idea what to do next in terms of isolating or fixing. I know one solution would be to get a DSL router and trash ICS. I will probably go that route eventually but would like to understand this problem if possible.
Any help appreciated...