I just upgraded my system board, CPU & memory. I formatted the hard drive and
installed WinXP.Sp2. I installed all the latest patches and fixes, etc. [Asus
board, P4 2.8, 1mg RAM] Dial-ip using 56k modem (Creative di5652). On board
LAN disabled in BIOS.
I got started installing my programs, starting with my firewall and
antivirus. After about a week of installing and running the computer in the
evening after work, one night I had just checked my email and Eudora hung up
normally. I saw a link I wanted to check out, so I opened my browser (Opera)
and it connected using the dialog box. But as soon as it connected, Opera
gave me a blank page with the basic message that the page could not be found
(or something similar). So I opened IE, Eudora Mail, and Firefox, too, and
they gave me the same message.
Here's the problem: Nothing fixes it except to reboot. I can't recreate
it, or make it happen. It seems to happen about once in a 24 hr period.
(I'm thinking that this happens, because I turn off the computer before work
in AM, back on PM, stays on all night. The turning off must reset whatever
is causing this. Maybe it would happen more often if computer was left on?)
Here's some things that I tried (I
tested connection after each change). I
tried logging off and back on again. I completely EXITED my firewall program
(Sygate, which never gave me any troubles, just defaults), and turned on the
Windows Firewall. I exited my antivirus (AVG). I checked all the Network
and Internet settings. "Always connect using my default connection, Under
LAN, all buttons are NOT checked, Remote Access Auto Connection Manager,
Remote Access Connection Manager, & Telephony all set to Automatic, I ran a
WinsockFix for XP that my ISP sent, I created a new Internet Connection,
deleted the old one, deleted both and recreated a new one. I tried a
relatives' ISP on my machine, I have run every online Antivirus check I can
find. I have run Spybot and other spyware. I have run antivirus checks on
it. I ran Hyjack this and saw nothing out of the ordinary and when posted
noone else did either. My board does have an onboard LAN, but it is disabled
in the BIOS and does not show up in Windows Hardware. I didn't even have all
my programs installed. I tried the pinging thing, but I truly don't
understand it that well, because even when I'm connected to the internet when
I ping, I get timed out. So I must not be doing it right.
Finally, I gave up and re-formatted and re-installed a
(This is the 3rd time I did fresh install.) All seemed to be going well as I
was re-setting up the computer with programs, etc. (in evenings after work,
so slow process). On the third day after install, it does it to me again!!
I tried a bunch of the usual things, and finally just rebooted and problem is
gone (I'll have to wait at least 24 hours).
I have another computer that runs WinXP.SP2 with just about the
software (just minor difference such as graphic programs), and it connects
just fine all the time, even when this computer is not connecting.
Could it possibly be the modem?? What about
the disabled LAN on the board??
Could that still be causing a conflict or something??
This is a brand new system, I am tired of trying to figure
this out!! It's
driving me crazy! I will gladly replace anything that needs it. I would
even take it to a technician, but I can't recreate the problem!! It is
random. Just seems to happen about once in 24 hours!!
Any ideas, Anybody!!!??? I would be really grateful for