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Internet connection shutting off.

by BTDM / December 12, 2010 7:47 PM PST

Recently, I have been having my internet shut off and the only way I am able to get it back is to restart my computer.
I'm not sure what happens, but when I try and play an on-line game, or download updates for said game, my internet just shuts off.
I can't disable it in the Device Manager window when this happens either, it just locks up.
I read that it might be the integrated Ethernet on my mother board being unable to handle all the incoming connections or something like that, but I don't really know what causes it.
I am running an nForce chipset, the motherboard is an Asus M3N-HT.
On a side note, I am unable to update any drivers for it. Every time I try, it drops to 640x480 and I cannot change the settings. I have to roll back the drivers to make it work properly again.

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Is this running some TORRENT?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2010 2:42 AM PST

"handle all the incoming connections" is the only clue you might be running some torrent software.

Tell a little more.

As to drivers, tell HOW you update them. To start with, do not use the Windows Update or the Update Driver button in Windows.

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Very rarely.
by BTDM / December 13, 2010 4:59 AM PST

The update software for the on-line game is torrent based, but that portion of the software rarely runs. Only when there is a major patch/update for the game. The update software will work for about 15 minutes before my connection is shut off. I never really download anything, I would know if uTorrent was running.

From what I was told, a reason my internet might be dying is because it is receiving all the player information at once for all the players near me. Not sure how true this is, just the only logical answer I've heard about what might be happening, because it happens all the time with high population on-line games. Not just the one. The only solution I can come to with this, is that I might want to try and buy a different network adapter.

About the drivers, the last time I tried (it's been almost two years since my last attempt) I went over to nVidia's website and downloaded the appropriate drivers for my hardware and used their .exe launcher to run them. The install will run just fine, then after the forced restart everything is all messed up.

Do you think it could have something to do with my operating system being Windows XP 64-bit?

Thanks again for the future help!

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That helped.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2010 6:17 AM PST
In reply to: Very rarely.

XP 64 is something best abandoned. I know some won't give that up but the brutal truth that I wish could be delivered with kindness is it was never well supported.

-> It's also known that the drivers on the Nvidia site may do that on LAPTOPS and boards with onboard video so it's very important to share details like the OS and if you don't use the maker's drivers when a post is made about this. I see the motherboard noted so unless this is some addon video card, stick with the drivers from

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by BTDM / December 13, 2010 6:49 PM PST
In reply to: That helped.

Both my video card and my motherboard are from ASUS, so I will try their drivers instead. There isn't much I can do about my OS, other then going back to WinXp 32-bit. I have no means to get Vista or Windows 7.
Any information on what could be causing my internet to cut out? No one seems to be able to figure it out.

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Just the usual.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2010 2:01 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks.

XP 64 support being what it is and "was" means we have to take whatever they give us or if we find a card not working we have to decide to change this, that, try other drivers or change the OS. I see you understand this.

The TORRENT use is now causing denial of service attacks which is why I asked. If you find a torrent user with dropping connections you know why but they often don't want to know or accept it. It's worth asking so you know if you can help.

-> The drivers to try are the maker's offered versions. I've lost count when that works and the later ones fail. Being XP64 limits our options.

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by BTDM / December 14, 2010 8:13 PM PST
In reply to: Just the usual.

Do you think purchasing a new network card might fix the issue? Or is my best bet to reformat, install Xp 32-bit, and pray that it doesn't keep happening?

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Worth a try and cheap too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2010 4:25 AM PST
In reply to: Hmm

A new network card is under 10.
And if you wanted to try XP 32 and keep your XP 64 you could save an image to some USB external drive with CLONEZILLA (hint, nod, recommended!)

Sounds like costs are minimal except for the time to invest.

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