At first I thought it was just the regular occasional momentary loss of connection that happens every couple hours or so (althought sometimes not for days). But nope; I soon realised there was definitely a cause and effect correlation.
I have two laptops and ironically, it doesn't happen on the one that runs XP Professional but on the one running XP Media Center!
It happens regardless of what version of WMP I'm using, cos both laptops came with v9 and have both been upgraded to v10. (I even upgraded the faulty laptop's WMP to v11, hoping that perhaps this was a wide-spread problem that they had written out of the new player, but no such luck.) The one that has always played correctly continues to play correctly despite upgrades, while the one that never worked correctly continues not to despite upgrades.
What's going on?!
I mean, they connect via the same router to the same (only) modem that I have. They both use the same browser (Firefox v18.104.22.168) ... - I even let the faulty laptop try streaming from an Internet Explorer browser, on the off-chance that perhaps this was one of those times where a Microsoft program mysteriously chooses to work only in conjunction with other Microsoft ware for absolutely no reason. But it wasn't.
(it was poor logic, i know. esp cos WMP and firefox work fine together on the other laptop, but believe me, i've had situations where this was an equally unlikely solution but it inexplicably worked ... no seriously, it's been weird ...)
Anyway, according to some, this problems occurs precisely because there are two laptops sharing the broadband and they don't like it (yeah, not much of an explanation. i was skim-reading ) so one of them fails to stream. But I tried it when the "healthy" laptop was even turned OFF and it STILL didn't work.
Meanwhile, all other streaming-platforms work just fine: youtube, divx, tudou, (not sure about realplayer) and I can listen to web-radio and podcasts on iTunes without any problems.
The "sick" laptop automatically reconnects to the internet as soon as the window/tab containing the WMP console is closed. But this problem is restricting me from watching a lot of stuff and it's incredibly annoying! (esp when I'm downloading something!!) Besides, what's the point of forcing myself to watch videos on a 15"-laptop that has shrill, crappy speakers, when I specifically bought myself TV-replacement-machine that has a 17"-screen and decent sound ...
Any help is much appreciated!