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What gets reset when Vista restarts? (RE: Networking)


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#1 evcco

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 12:30 AM

Hello,

Recently I have encountered a problem in which all my internet browsers are suddenly rendered useless at seemingly random intervals (every few days to every few weeks). My network connection remains intact, as, apparently, does my internet connection. However, my browsers (Firefox, Chrome, IE) give "page cannot be displayed" or "failed to establish network connection" errors when I attempt to access any HTTP/HTTPS site (including my router admin page which, of course, does not even require an internet connection to access) - and I continue to get these errors until I reboot my laptop.

I've yet to find the cause of this problem (nor has anyone else I've talked to), so I've just learned to live with it for now, knowing I can always fix it (albeit temporarily...and annoyingly) with a reboot. However, I would much prefer a quicker fix if possible - something I could do from Windows in a few seconds, rather than waiting for a full restart of my computer. Below is a list of what I've tried so far without success:

restarting all my browsers
refreshing the network connection
rebooting the modem
rebooting the router
resetting the network adapter
flushing the DNS cache
stopping/restarting WinHTTP
stopping/restarting Windows Explorer
release/renewing "ipconfig"
release/renewing "nbtstat"

Still, only a full laptop reboot will get my browsers working again. My question, then, is WHY? What other network/internet/browser-type things normally get reset when your computer gets restarted?

For the record I'm running Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit, SP1, on the laptop in question.

Thanks in advance for any help!
 



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 11:18 AM

Try using OpenDNS servers. Flush DNS after changing.

 

Depending on if you use Wireless or Ethernet, Right click the controller in Device Manager, select Properties, and under the Details tab select Hardware IDs in the dropdown box. Copy and post the first line.



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Posted 17 August 2015 - 09:32 PM

I'll try that next time I get disconnected and let you know. Thanks.

 

 

Hardware IDs for my Ethernet adapter:

 

PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_170C&SUBSYS_00901025&REV_02
PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_170C&SUBSYS_00901025
PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_170C&CC_020000
PCI\VEN_14E4&DEV_170C&CC_0200
 


Edited by evcco, 17 August 2015 - 09:40 PM.


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Posted 18 August 2015 - 08:18 AM

This is a broadcom chip. What is the make and model of your computer?



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Posted 18 August 2015 - 10:01 AM

Acer Aspire 3690-2316



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Posted 18 August 2015 - 10:20 AM

How is the internet connection?



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Posted 27 August 2015 - 04:00 AM

Tried the OpenDNS for a few days - didn't work. Tried another DNS - didn't work.

Rebooting the computer still works.

Any other thoughts as to why this might be?



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Posted 28 August 2015 - 12:27 PM

No idea other than reinstalling the driver from Acer's support site 

 

http://www.acer.co.uk/ac/en/GB/content/drivers



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Posted 30 August 2015 - 10:38 AM

The only thing is: if I do have a corrupt driver, or some other such componant causing this problem, why does a simple reboot fix it?

 

It seems there is some sort of magic switch that gets flicked during the reboot process which lies at the root of this whole problem.






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