Wireless Connection Drops in Windows XP - Event IDs 8033 & 4202


i'm having this extremely irritating problem where my wireless network connection drops, seemingly at random. running newly formatted xp sp2 with no security centre firewall, and a linksys befw11s4 v4 router (with firmware upgraded to newest version). network card is a intel pro wireless lan 2100 3a (with, again, newest drivers).

the only way to reconnect once the error occurs is by rebooting the computer entirely. attempting to reconnect to the network without rebooting results in the "connecting to wireless network..." dialog sitting there until it times out.

one suggestion i got was that this could have something to do with many concurrent tcp connections (in relation to the cap of 10 half-open connections in sp2)... but who knows?

help = appreciated. please.

here are the events:
Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      BROWSER
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      8033
Date:            03/07/2005
Time:            12:05:06 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      PAULITICS
The browser has forced an election on network \Device\NetBT_Tcpip_{4CE94017-26AB-4DCA-9D1A-35528BB09C7F} because a master browser was stopped.


Event Type:      Information
Event Source:      Tcpip
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      4202
Date:            03/07/2005
Time:            12:05:10 AM
User:            N/A
Computer:      PAULITICS
The system detected that network adapter \DEVICE\TCPIP_{4CE94017-26AB-4DCA-9D1A-35528BB09C7F} was disconnected from the network, and the adapter's network configuration has been released. If the network adapter was not disconnected, this may indicate that it has malfunctioned. Please contact your vendor for updated drivers.

0000: 00 00 00 00 02 00 50 00   ......P.
0008: 00 00 00 00 6a 10 00 40   ....j..@
0010: 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........
0020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   ........

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>> The browser has forced an election on network

that is not an uncommon event to see in the log.  it is not something that i would expect to be related to the wireless issue - does it always coincide woth your problem?

>> The system detected that network adapter

that is more like it.  have you tried disabling the wireless adapter   (right click on the network adapter in "start->connect to->show all connections" and select 'disable') then enabling again?  just a dodgy work-around, but may avoid reboot.

Sounds like it could be a faulty network card.  I would start with Window's suggestion to upgrade the device drivers for it.  It also might be a virus or sypware.  Reboot into safe mode and run the lastest scans.  Next time you drop your connection, ping to see if TCP/IP is working properly.

Tim HolmanCommented:
It's possible there is interference, or that the wireless router is rebooting itself for some reason.
Can you plug directly into the wireless router with a cable, and sustain a connection?
If so, put the wireless client closer to the router.  Is connection sustained?
Change your SID, setup WEP or WPA, and make sure no-one is hopping onto your wireless network - this could also cause you to drop off.

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pshiffAuthor Commented:
Turns out that a hard reset of the router solved the problem.
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