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kCFErrorDomainWinSock:10054

This is the third time I have experienced this issue, and my computer has been rebuilt in-between to ensure it was not an OS/malware issue. This first occurred on Monday of this week and it has recurred today, after the rebuild. Seemingly randomly I will be unable to browse using the HTTP protocol; Internet Radio and connectivity to the network continues; I simply cannot browse the web in Safari, IE or Firefox, and the only fix I have found is a restart of the machine (graceful, though).

Firefox times out; Safari reports a 'kCFErrorDomainWinSock:10054' error message when it times out. As yet, I am unable to locate any information on this error, but this is becoming VERY annoying none-the-less.

Has anybody seen this before? If so, please post, as any info may help me track this issue down. I have no idea what the error indicates, so if I am barking up the wrong tree, let me know and I can supply additional information regarding network firewall etc.

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If it helps, the applications running at the time (on a Windows XP SP3 computer) were:

Outlook 2007
Safari
Firefox
Windows Media Player (streaming Internet Radio)
Yahoo Messenger
...and possibly a few others I can't remember.
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younghvCommented:
Hey tm,
I would check out Ramesh's suggestions here: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/winsock.htm

You can also try throwing in a spare NIC you have lying around and see if the problem continues.
The advice from Ramesh wouldn't necessarily apply since you have a fresh OS re-load.

Interesting problem.

Vic
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tigermattAuthor Commented:
Vic,

Thanks for that. I've run the reset command from Ramesh's site, and will continue to monitor to see if this repeats itself. As I said, it's seemingly random, so it could be a bit of a wait :)

I am considering that it could be a hardware issue, and will ensure I have a spare NIC on hand to install into the machine if/when this recurs. It also has dawned on me that some update to the software I use on a regular basis could cause some issues with its Winsock integration... is that possible?

-Matt
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younghvCommented:
Ahhh, Grasshopper ... with computers, all things are possible (especially bad things).

I would wait for one of the really serious Experts (garycase, lrmoore) to respond. They know this kind of stuff down to the electron level.

If they don't check in by tomorrow, do an RFA and ask the Mods to add this to "Network Security" and "Hardware". Note - they are both quite elderly, so make sure you wait until they are up and about.

Vic
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tigermattAuthor Commented:
:-)

Thanks Vee_Mod, appreciated.
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tigermattAuthor Commented:
Hey Vic,

It happened again, so I installed a new NIC. I guess it's just a case of waiting to see if it repeats itself (I hope not!).

-Matt
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younghvCommented:
WHEN the new NIC fixes the problem, I'm looking for a whole heap of them poink thingees.
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tigermattAuthor Commented:
Murphy's law states that the NIC will die the moment I click the Accept button...

I installed a new Netgear Fast Ethernet PCI card and have not had a problem with speed or complete loss of connection since. That would indicate the (awful) onboard NIC was the problem.

Thanks Vic

-Matt
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younghvCommented:
Yippee!
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Glad it worked (Old Dog, Old Tricks).
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