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Looking for a network monitoring tool (CRC, frame, packet loss, etc.)

I am having a dumb moment. I cannot seem to find a tool (free or cost) that will display real-time network statistics either for stand-alone or from computer to computer.

I know there is netstat and perfmon (which I am using right now) but I am looking for something more comprehensive. Besides I cannot find all the perimeters that netstat shows in perfmon.

I am looking for a real-time network error monitoring and recording tool that will help me diagnose a rather perplexing problem. See OPEN question: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Microsoft_Network/Q_21851529.html

Can anyone suggest a tool that works in Windows XP?  Ideally a tool that can *also* watch for network errors between two computers.

Thank you,
Shawn
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Shawn ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
See OPEN question: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Microsoft_Network/Q_21851529.html

For instance, when I am staring at an hour-glass (on the "problem" XP Pro workstation) I want to know why there is an hour-glass for such a long time (actually it appears as though File Explorer has locked up - more then 4 minutes will elapse). I do not have this problem on the other computer. Even though I have just about every error monitoring feature turned on in perfmon, it displays NONE!  

*BUT* something is obviously wrong because netstat IS reporting errors!


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cschipperCommented:
maybe is ethereal a good option to capture all the packets

http://www.ethereal.com/

hope this will help you further.
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Shawn ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
Thanks cshipper: Ethereal is great and I use it often but it is not going to do what I want.

I need a real time monitoring and graphing tool displaying network interface errors. Eccentially an enhanced GUI version of netstat.

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Shawn ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
Sometimes (perhaps most of the time) the solution to a seemingly complex problem is so simple that one doesn't even consider it.

I was so focused on finding a Microsoft fix (in the way of a registry correction or replacement of a component) I never considered that another problem I was experiencing was the cause of this one.

The solution? Update the "Marvell Yukon 88E8001/8003/8010 PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller" driver from version 7.x to 8.41.1.3 (dated Sept. 19, 2005).
I first tried removing all the networking and reinstalling. That did not help. What worked was asking Windows to automatically update the NIC driver. Amazingly and for a change Windows DID update this driver. I did not find this NIC driver version on ASUS's website.

This begs the question, what would I do if I could not update the NIC driver?  For the most part, I will admit I got lucky!

I still see an occasional, "The specified network name is no longer available" but not like before nor does Explorer "lock up."  

Advice on how to grade this question are welcome.... but points are still available for any of the following suggestions:
- eliminating this error ( "The specified network name is no longer available" )
- suggesting a better File Explorer than File Explorer
- A real-time GUI graphing and recording version of netstat

Related questions:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Microsoft_Network/Q_21851529.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_21852880.html
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21825856.html
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PAQed with points refunded (125)

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