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Connectivity breaks and starts

Hello, I'm running Windows XP media center. I've been having this problem for about 6 months. Whenever I load a webpage, it will randomly stop loading at a random point. The same goes for downloads, and even uploads/downloads to other computers on our network. I've tried 3 routers and various other cables to no avail. I'm pretty lost as of right now, help please.
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Scythy
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PUNKYCommented:
Are you using  DSL ?
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johnb6767Commented:
The common factor here is that it all involves this one machine?

If so....

What I like to do on any network problem....Is to reset it ALL....

Open Network Connections in Control Panel>Double click it>Properties, and select the Client for MS networks, and File and Printer Sharing. Select the Uninstall button....

Then....

Start>run>CMD.exe

netsh int ip reset reset.log
netsh firewall reset
netsh winsock reset

Then remove ALL NIC's from the device manager..
In the Device Manager, select View>Show Hidden Devices

(If the Show Hidden devices is not present, do the following command from a command prompt..)

start>run>cmd
set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

More information on that command here....
Device Manager does not display devices that are not connected to the Windows XP-based computer
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315539

Go back to Network Adapters, and make sure your adapters are all gone, including any older ones. (there will be several ' miniport' devices that are not able to be uninstalled....)
Once they are all gone, reboot and let Windows reinstall them...

Thats a total rebuild of your network connections, to hopefully correct any problems with Basic connectivity.
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ScythyAuthor Commented:
I completed all the steps you said Johnb6767. The connection still suddenly breaks during download of anything.

Also, Punky, I have cable, which is irrelevant though since I've taken my laptop to 3 locations with different connection types and still had the same problem.  It happens with wireless and wired. I suppose i wouldn't mind if the connection started again, but it just stops wherever it is. Downloads over 3MB are pretty much impossible since it stops before then.
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MarkDozierCommented:
sounds like a bad NIC. Have you ran diagnostics yet
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ScythyAuthor Commented:
Any instructions on how or where to run diagnostics.
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johnb6767Commented:
Start>run>cmd.exe

netsh diag gui

Will bring up a Network Diagnostics page, and you can set custom scanning options.....
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