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SP2 Installed, and loss of internet connection

by boombatty / September 21, 2004 8:42 AM PDT

Several times I have installed XP SP2, and several times been forced to remove it because I have not been able to connect to the internet. I'm connecting using a Linksys USB2.0 10/100 ethernet adapter and BEFW11S4 Wireless router. The computer is a Dell 4300S, 1.6 GHz P4, 640 MB RAM, 20 GB and a 6 GB HD. After several days with the previous installations of SP2 I have lost the internet connection, and got an IP address with more than just the usual 12 digits. Is there anyway to keep the connection from being corrupted beyond the 3rd or 4th day? Also, anyone have any clue why the other computer connected to the router can't connect when mine goes offline?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 21, 2004 9:35 AM PDT
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by boombatty / September 23, 2004 11:32 PM PDT

Unfortunately the second link you gave me only refers to USB storage devices, it does not mention USB network devices. The problem seems to be with my router. I get a message after a few days saying "Loss of Connectivity." My computer can't detect enough of a signal coming from the cable modem. Right now I have the computer connected directly to the cable modem, and there's no problem except for the fact that I had to disconnect the other computer from the net. The router is a Linksys BEFW11S4 V.4. Any ideas about any hidden quirks that may prevent SP2 from addressing it properly?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 23, 2004 11:52 PM PDT

Actually I used both links to cure a machine. I gave the account more rights and it works. Some will want "spot-on" articles from Microsoft about these issues but such is not happening. We get to take an article about USB issues and use it to fix an USB ethernet problem.

If you feel this is wrong, feel free to tell Microsoft, but I just roll with the information and sort it out and... try to help others understand it a bit.

As to quirks, here's one. Microsoft may offer drivers on Windows Updates that cause machines to behave badly. Often I read/hear it's SP2, but many will not distinguish SP2 from other Windows Update items. It's a fine line to some that is hard to see. In short, the machine's owners get to update BIOS and drivers from each maker's web site.


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