"Sharaza program because it was running when this problem started,"
Sorry but P2P programs continue to plague owners with issues like this. Review this discussion where we had to eject the P2P and hit the machine with what I call my SIXPACK.
My laptop will connect to networks, but will not receive packets. The university, the coffee shop, and other places it used to work well at are still connecting, but I receive only a few packets here and there. I have Trend Micro Internet Secury 2006 with a firewall and antivirus, so I refuse to believe it's got something. Is it my card? This happened first to my LAN connection, then a few months later to my wireless connection.
This same problem has been mentioned in other threads, but they all seem to go unaswered or the cure is something I've tried. Such as the "obtain IP address automatically" so-called-cure, or the "WEP key reset" so-called-cure. Those both don't help me.
My laptop is a Toshiba, but it seems that others have this same problem with Dells, Levonos, and others, so I don't think this is a Toshiba problem. I am using Win XP Home Edition. The only thing I suspect is my Sharaza program because it was running when this problem started, and sometimes it uses a lot of bandwidth. Was I ejected from networks? Did my internet cards fry? Help! Please!