I have a really weird situation right here, and would appreciate some help!
Ever since I reinstalled Windows XP Pro on my own PC two weeks ago, I frequently loose my connection to the Internet. What I don't understand is that I'm in a small network (4 home PCs in my house) and I'm the only one having this problem!
When I reinstalled Windows, I did all the updates and also reinstalled all my applications, including my spywares/antivirus (Spybot - AVG - Adaware - Hijackthis annd even the Windows Defender software!). First thing I did when I started loosing the connection was to run them al, thinking it might be a spyware, but everything came clean.
Then I thought it might be my oldschool Netgear RP114 router that was playing me. I checked the configuration, reseted it and the modem a couple hundred time, and finaly switched it to a new Linksys BEFSR41 router I had. The result was the same while all the other computers and the Xbox were still working perfectly.
What frustrates me is that I can't reproduce the problem, and doesn't have a clear idea as to why it is doing this. Most of the time it seems to happen when I downloading big files, but I also get disconnected while browing the Web. When I get disconnected, I can reboot my PC and everything works fine again for some time. Also, I noticed that when I loose the connection, I still have an IP address when I use IPCONFIG. It returns me the address of the modem, like I wasn't connected to the router anymore. The other thing I noticed is that the number of packet sent drops to 0 while the number of packets received is up in the thousands when I get disconnected.
Finally, I don't think my network Card, an Accton EN1207D-TX PCI would be the problem since I used it for a couple years now, and never had troubles with it. The day before I reformated it was working perfectly...
I hope you guys can help me out with this, I'm definately not a pro in networking and I ran out of ideas a long time ago! Let me know if you need more information.
Thanks a lot for your time,