VMware Player Keeps droping internet connection

I am having an issue using VMware Player 3.0 where the host os will keep its internet connection but the virtual server will loose it's internet access until i shut the virtualization down and reboot the host.  This happens quite frequently.  The host is xpsp3 unfortunately, it will upgraded soon but I was given a budget to make something work.  The VM is server 2008.  The Network settings in vmware player are bridged and the use physical connection state box is checked but it will drop either way.
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Michael WorshamStaff Infrastructure ArchitectCommented:
In the Server 2008 VM, do you have the TCP Offload Engine (TOE) enabled or disabled?

Cut/paste the results of the following command here: 'netsh int tcp show global'
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If the above does not solve your problem, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling VMware Player, but I suspect the problem is with the particular VM and not with VMware Player.
... Thinkpads_User
FusionTechServicesAuthor Commented:
Here are my results,  If ahave been testing the vm as well to see if thats the case.

TCP Global Parameters
Receive-Side Scaling State          : enabled
Chimney Offload State               : disabled
Receive Window Auto-Tuning Level    : normal
Add-On Congestion Control Provider  : ctcp
ECN Capability                      : disabled
RFC 1323 Timestamps                 : disabled
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FusionTechServicesAuthor Commented:
It also seems like I am loosing all network connectivity when it does go down.  
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Depending on how important this is, it may well be worth your time and effort to replace VMware Player with VMware Workstation 7. Why? Workstation has tools to upgrade the virtual hardware of your guest (may help) and provides more networking options for the guest. Your guest also may just work in Workstation.  ... Thinkpads_User
FusionTechServicesAuthor Commented:
Also, unless I just down the vm and restart the host the network connection won't come back.  If i just restart the vm, still no ip...i'm going to reinstall
Michael WorshamStaff Infrastructure ArchitectCommented:
A few things you might still try...

1) Make sure the Guest VM is running the latest VMware Tools

2) Attach the VMware Tools to the virtual machine and update the vmxnet driver in the guest OS

3) Disable the TOE stack on the Windows 2008 VM:

netsh interface tcp set global autotuning=disabled
netsh interface tcp set global chimney=disabled
netsh interface tcp set global rss=disabled

Choosing a network adapter for your virtual machine
FusionTechServicesAuthor Commented:
I will give that a try mwe,  the reinstall didn't do it.  I"ll update the driver and disable the toe stack and let you know.
FusionTechServicesAuthor Commented:
Well, that didn't do it.  I am going to make a new vm and see what happens.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you are making a new VM, make sure you build it with current (VMware 6.5 - 7.0) hardware, and make you use the newest VMware tools. Then try bridge mode networking first and it should work just fine (always does for me). ... Thinkpads_User
FusionTechServicesAuthor Commented:
well I'm going to leave it up over night but I think making the new machine did it.  Thank you for the assistance.
FusionTechServicesAuthor Commented:
Well it looks like it was just a garbage vm.  Should have just made a new one from the start but you never know.  Thanks guys.
FusionTechServicesAuthor Commented:
Well actually guys,  after I got the vm on the machine it will be running on, it was having the same issue which leads me to believe it's something on the host.  It's getting a format next week so I'll just leave it at that.

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