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Puzzled Re Occasional Connection

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#1 flingel


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Posted 07 February 2006 - 08:24 AM

My home network set up is:

- 1 PC running XP Home and wired to Netgear DG834G wireless router
- 1 Laptop running 98SE connecting wirelessly to the router
- 1 PC running 98SE connecting wirelessly to the router

All are running the latest version of Internet Explorer and both the wireless computers show excellent connection with the router – approx 80-90%.

The laptop has no problem accessing the net via Internet Explorer but it will only rarely work for the PC – I’ll try a couple of times a day and maybe once a week it will actually work….

I’ve tried checking everything I can think of (including firewall settings) but to no avail– it would make more sense to me if the PC never connected at all!!

Does anyone have any ideas please?


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Posted 07 February 2006 - 10:54 AM

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 11:00 AM

I had this problem not too long ago and posted about it on here:

It turned out that my motherboard was going. Try switching the Network Card to A different PCI slot and see if it will work. Don't just try one, but try them all if you really want to get to the bottom of this. I was told that many times that it was not likely my motherboard but it was.

Do you have any other hardware problems? My old pc also had problems with the soundcard: It only worked occasionaly, just as your wireless card, and mine previously.

You say that it is running 98? Well if the computer is as old as the OS then this just might be the case.

I hope this helps you :thumbsup: .

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 05:51 PM

Thanks for your replies.

Re the security side, I run AVG, Ad-aware and Spybot and keep them up to date (or at least I do when it allows me onto the net :thumbsup: ). I do also on occasion do a Panda check and all appears fine. I will check that I'm using Spybot properly but I'd be very surprised if it's a security issue simply because this computer had never been linked to the net until very recently when I set up the network - and the problem I'm encountering has occured from that point, although of course it's always possible that something slipped in real quick. But as I say, it's not showing up in any checks. I also use Zone Alarm firewall.

Re the possibility of the motherboard going, I will do as you suggest and switch to a different slot - but again I'd be surprised if it is this as the connection it shows is so good, plus I have used the PC for a lot of sound work (Cubase, Soundforge etc) and have had no problems there, nor with any other aspect of software or hardware.


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