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internet connection problems??

Ive been having problems with my internet.In the middle of surfing the web my internet will stop responding,yet the little computer down on my task bar does not have a red "X" on it and the staus will say "connected".Even if I attemp to repair it it still wont work.Sometimes it'll take me shutting down the computer and restarting it.And I know I use a lucent technologies wireless card with my xp professional.Like I've said before I am the rookiest of rookies when it come to computers.I've been reading posts on various forums & I've read something about patches.I have no idea what a patch is.So basically Im clueless.Can anyone help me with my internet problems??Please & thank you!

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