For the past few weeks I am regularly getting "Network Timeouts" when attempting to view many web pages. It has turned into about 90% of my attempts are met with the Network Timeout error. It can be any web page, and cannot be connected to specific web sites - sometimes they display ok, and sometimes they don't - nearly always, they don't.
There are ONLY two things that I think I have done recently:
1) Installed Firefox 3. However, I experience the same thing when using Internet Explorer 7.
2) Installed XP SP3.
However, I have not heard of anyone experiencing similar problems from either of these, so assume that neither is the cause.
The only thing that appears to be constant is my inability to view any Google map - whether it is on the Google's own page, or whether embeeded in another web page - the web page may display fine, but I can never see the Google map.
My investigations so far....
I have performed a thorough virus and spyware check.
Disk has been defragmented.
Temporary files have been removed.
Disk has plenty ie. 10's of Gbs free.
Things got so bad, that I was practically unable to surf the web at all. So.....I re-formatted my PC and re-instaleld windows from scratch. Things looked ok for a couple of days, but have now resorted to the same. But I cannot think of anything that can be causing my surfing to effectively grind to a halt like this.
I have to assume it is software-related, because I also have a laptop connecting to the internet via the same router as used by my ailing desktop PC.
PLEASE, can somebody advise what might be causing the problem?
FYI, I have an Intel E6400 dual core processor, 2Gb of Crucial RAM, Windows XP SP3, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS, 2 x 500Gb Samsung Spinpoint HDD (in RAID 0), 2 x 300Gb Spinpoint (in RAID 0).