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Losing internet connection

by Rod2 / June 3, 2004 2:17 AM PDT

First off I run Win ME, cable connection with a Best Data modem and a D-Link Ethernet card. Infrequently I lose connection; my cable light goes out along with the data light. I have unplugged the modem and once in a great while it starts working again. This is hit and miss at best.

Recently I noticed that if I reboot and unplug the modem it works correct. I've only done this twice and it worked both times. I have not rebooted with the modem left plugged in as yet to see if that works alone. I have to wait until it goes out again to try that approach.

I called the ISP to which they replied they could send out a tech. That is the only way they have to troubleshoot the problem, other than check if they see me online at their main office. They say there is no problem reported or outages. Does anyone have any ideas? Possibly the Ethernet card or a software problem? No Virus or Trojan?s exist on my machine that I could find. Thanks --


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Re:Losing internet connection
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2004 2:30 AM PDT

Another post with similar words found that Microsoft's selection of the ethernet driver was at fault. They installed an newer driver they found on their own and it was cured.

You will also make sure the machine is free from PARASITES. Read

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Re:Re:Loosing internet connection
by Rod2 / June 3, 2004 3:33 AM PDT


The driver shown in Device Manager was provided by D-link. However it has a date of 10/20/2002 and the latest driver shown at D-link is dated in 2001, I forgot the exact date. I tried to update the driver using windows but it can not find the driver, it needs the disc. I think that tells me along with the driver shown it did not come from MS.

I'll try safe mode to see if I can find any problems unless you or someone has a better idea. Is installing the one from D-Link a good idea even though it shows to be older?

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Re:Re:Re:Loosing internet connection
by Rod2 / June 3, 2004 5:35 AM PDT

OK, I found the nic driver in windows. It is fron D-Link, the date shown is from the original install. Nothing I find shows the version but it is the original. No parasites that I could find and I have a lot of programs.

No other problems found in safe mode. I am a little hesitant to just replace the driver but I can if you think I should.

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Driver looked at, but what about the pests?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2004 6:06 AM PDT

As subject.


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Re:Driver looked at, but what about the pests?
by Rod2 / June 3, 2004 10:45 AM PDT

Well I'm out of programs to run and online searches, nothing found. I even used the resources on the link you posted. I'd say I have a clean computer. Thanks BTW I added it to my computer tips. Haven't had a problem for hours but then it happens that way sometimes.

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Hours and DOS based Windows = ....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2004 11:54 AM PDT

Frankly, in 1995 to 2000 and DOS based Windows, the issue of the 64,000 resource pools (called resources...) was never cured. While sites like supply stellar advice (read Optimizing Windows) and explain the memory issues (read the Memory articles), no definitive fix ever materialized. But time marched on and these older OSes will continue to exhibit the same behaviours.

This issue has been cropping up more often as time passes. I hope you understand that no improvements to Windows ME have arrived to address reliability in the past 4 years.

Review the two links above to see if you can optimize a little. In closing, if you run a Firewall on Windows 95, 98 or ME, then you may want to research if these old OSes are exploitable and what use this is. I note this because with the DOS based OSes, we already have the finite resource issue and we must run without any extras.


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Re:Hours and DOS based Windows = ....
by Rod2 / June 4, 2004 12:00 PM PDT

Thanks Bob,

Yes I understand but I have to wait a bit before I change O/S. The site is very helpful, which I bookmarked some time ago. It only happened once today, my next step is go back to the older 4x version of ZA. I'm thinking that was the time frame when this started happening.

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