Posted 21 June 2012 - 03:01 PM
I have an interesting problem...
Recently I have been having trouble with one of my computers. As a result I have now re-installed windows XP 3 or 4 times since the beginning of the year, with the majority of those times being the last 2 months or so.
Internet connectivity stops working. I get a message that a network cable is disconnected. I cannot use the internet.
Strange because it is a dual booting system and my Linux partition has NO TROUBLE connecting.
After I re-install Windows XP everything works fine. Internet works, I can download, surf, email... I then go through the very lengthy time consuming process of re-installing software and registering licenses so the software can work (some packages make it impossible to just use a key phrase).
Sooner or later the internet stops working in XP. This happened again recently, when I boot to linux it works so I know it is not the hardware.
I tried changing the speed and duplex setting from auto to 10 or 100 mb full or half. No change, no internet connection.
I have tried removing and re-installing the driver for the network adapter.
I removed my hard drive and I re-installed XP to a smaller hard drive and, yes, I can connect again.
I do NOT want to go through the process of re-installing software or license rights again. Besides, it may only fail again in a few days/weeks.
I would like to be able to fix this on my XP installation.
How do I ...
1. Find out what is broken and fix it?
2. Stop it from breaking again.? (This will no doubt depend on answer to 1).
One thing that comes to mind... I do not register XP after I install, I just activate it over the net. This option to register it... is it manditory? Could this be the cause?
Asus A7V8x, Asus tek/Broadcom 4401 integrated controller (on motherboard) .
XP home. XP service pack 3, I allow all updates to take place as I am notified (except I do not allow iIE 8 to be installed), normally I use firefox.