that "idle" time has been set to a small amount.
If you are reading something on a web page and idle time has been set small, say 1 minute, you may lose connectivity.
Instead of rebooting the computer, have you tried just closing down the browser and re-starting it?
In Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Internet Options then the Connections tab. Under "Dial-up and Virtual Private Network settings" highlight the connection, (even if it is broadband). Click Settings.
Inthe next window click the Propeties button even if the User name and Password fields are blank.
In the new window click the Options tab and see if "Idle time before hanging up" is set to never. If not, change it.
Click OK, then in the previous window, (Username and password), click the Advanced button.
Make sure the two "Disconnect ........" options are not ticked.
Click OK, OK, then Apply, OK.
See if that helps.
I have a real head scratcher here, on a friends PC. When the computer boots up to WinME, everything works fine. IE and Outlook work as expected. After about 5 minutes of surfing, I loose the ability to surf. Email does not work either. When I open a DOS window, I CAN still ping addresses by both IP and name. Yet I can not surf to any address, even if I specify the IP address. Rebooting the machine solves the problem for about 5 minutes of surfing.
Here are the details:
- OS = WindowsME
- Dell 1GHz / 384M RAM
- High speed cable access (5Meg/s)
- Norton A/V (current)
- All Microsoft updates applied
- Installed ZoneAlarm about a year ago, and everything worked fine.
- About a month ago, during a ZoneAlarm update, they accidentaly upgraded to ZoneAlarm Pro. Any yes, they did buy the license. Thats when some instability started.
- Last week, convinced ,y friend to drop ZoneAlarm Pro and install a home router (DLink 4 port).
- Uninstalled ZoneAlarm Pro (no problems)
- Did a full system clean, using an assortment of tools.
- Did a full registry clear/repair with "Tuneup Utilities 2006" (181 reg error / 130 app errors).
- Ran Search&Destroy. Only found 2 entries (nothing maor)
- After a reboot, the machine ran a bit faster, but still dropped the internet after 5 minutes of surfing. Pinging by IP or NAME still worked.
- Then ran one of many Winsock2 repair tools. Rebooted, No change.
My bag of tricks is empty. I can't find the problem. No spyware, no browser hijacker, no viruses (detected thus far).
Any suggestion, other then a complete reinstall?
Thanks in advance