I've been getting this connection drop-off for months now, and despite trying all sorts of basic to radical steps, am still being intermittently and inexplicably cut-off from the Web.
Folks in the Windows 2000 Pro OS forum reckon it might be a problem with my NIC.
I've found out today that NIC means a Network Interface Card, and since the only card that I've installed is a 3-Port USB 2.0 + 2 Port ethernet PCI I/O card about a year ago, is this the same thing? I mean, is my NIC the PCI I/O that looks very similar to this picture:http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/Search...&CatId=2658
Click on the picture to enlarge what mine also looked like.
The router is plugged directly into one of the three USB 2.0 slots.
The ISP insists there's no problem with the line.
The connection will suddenly cease regardless of what I'm doing (although active torrents already connected will stay connected until the other computer goes away). Whereas Firefox and IE will suddenly report either a timeout error or a Problem Finding Server message.
To fix, I need to pull the plug from the USB slot of the Card, wait, then re-plug. Or reboot the computer and (for good measure) reboot the router by switching off/on at the mains.
If I don't reboot, the System Log on reconnection can report up to 2 of any 3 DHCP Warnings (ID's 1003, 1006 and 1007), often followed by 2 Server Errors (ID 2504 and 2505 relating to an inability to bind to the router on NetBT_Tcpip, and to NetbiosSmb - the latter due to "a computer with same name being on my network" (a 'newtork' of one computer connected to one router via USB)).
So, is this PCI I/O card my NIC?
And if it is the root of my connection problem, what the heck do I do please?