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by xumuskie / February 26, 2010 9:49 PM PST

We bought a Dell Inspiron 530 about 1 1/2 years ago with Windows Vista loaded. We have a DSL internet service and the signal is split between two PC's off a switch. From Day one, on the new PC we have had an issue where we have to click the "e" 2-10 times before we actually get an internet connection (when it doesn't connect, it just says "connecting" and stays hung up).

From things I read and talking to others, I figured it was the Windows Vista, so I switched to Windows 7 a couple weeks ago. Still happening. So I switched my router to a Wireless N (was a wired switch). Still happening.

Could it be the PC? Any other ideas? This problem has never happened even one time on our other PC.

Thanks.

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Has it ever worked?
by Jimmy Greystone / February 26, 2010 10:31 PM PST

Has it ever worked? It's important to know, because if it has worked in the past, but slowly degraded, it's probably a malware issue. If it never worked to begin with, then it's likely something else.

And I know Vista is everyone's favorite whipping boy, but it was nowhere near THAT bad on it's own. It wasn't really that bad a product anyway. It was just way overpromised, way overdue, and incredibly underwhelming when it finally did arrive. It was a marketing blunder more than a technical one, not that many people seem to have the skill necessary to separate the two.

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It has been a problem since the beginning
by xumuskie / February 28, 2010 6:13 AM PST
In reply to: Has it ever worked?

It has always been this way to our memory.

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That's because . . .
by Coryphaeus / February 28, 2010 9:55 AM PST

a switch is not designed as a stand alone unit, it will not distribute IP addresses to each PC nor will it allow sharing if needed. Get a router.

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Router
by xumuskie / February 28, 2010 7:13 PM PST
In reply to: That's because . . .

I misstated, I bought a wireless N router.

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