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Trouble with wired networking

by ethanallen2 / September 16, 2006 9:39 PM PDT

This is the first time I've asked for help here, so bare with me...

I'm running a Windows XP SP2 (build 2600) Pentium 4 (32bit) computer with a 10/100 wired network card.

Within the last few days, I've been having trouble with the network card. At boot, it'll act fine, no trouble... but after an hour (sometimes 5 to 10 hours, it's random) the network would stop functioning. I am unable to enter the Network connections folder either. When I right click the icon in the system tray and click repair, Windows tells me it's "Unable to query TCP/IP settings" or something similar, and I am unable to get network back until I reboot. Needless to say, that for a heavy gamer like myself, it is annoying.

I'm hoping that someone can help me, as I've almost had enough of it.

I have most noticed the problem in heavy network games like Star Wars Galaxies, where in a 2 to 3 hour gaming session, I end up rebooting next to 5 times. (and it's not just gaming either, sometimes it's just web browsing.)

I have confirmed that it is not the windows install as I have reinstalled Windows, to no effect.

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Sounds heat related.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2006 12:26 AM PDT

Some parts are heat sensitive and we either cool them or replace them. Some owners fixate on CPU temperatures but what about the rest of the machine?

Try this test. Leave the cover off, point a house fan at the open case and see if the problem vanishes.

Bob

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Heh... Um...
by ethanallen2 / September 17, 2006 1:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Sounds heat related.

Okay, I'm going to admit somehting... I've been a bad boy, in the fact that... my computer's cover hasn't been on for nearly a year...

Through the area around my computer is dust free, as can be seen from looking at my fan(s).

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Still sounds heat related.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2006 1:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Heh... Um...

I'd try a new network card, different cables, make sure the router is cool too.

Bob

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Temp
by ethanallen2 / September 17, 2006 9:47 PM PDT

Just wondering... are there any windows programs that allow me to check the temp of various components?

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Yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 17, 2006 11:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Temp

Speedfan, and others will but I've yet to see temperature sensors on the network card. When I suspect this I point a fan at the box and see if the problem fades. If so I swap out a card or device and retest.

Measuring the temperature won't find or fix this one from what I've seen. For instance I have this video card that gets no warmer than any other card but it works until it warms up. Fine for a bench test card but nothing else.

Bob

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:(
by ethanallen2 / September 27, 2006 11:02 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes.
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Did you replace the suspect part?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 27, 2006 11:22 PM PDT
In reply to: :(

Flakey stuff can waste a lot of our game time.

Bob

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Not yet but...
by ethanallen2 / September 28, 2006 8:54 AM PDT

... I've ordered the part. However, I have an onboard and a Wlan installed... and neither works after the issue starts (until reboot).

I'll see if the part works when it arrives.

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I think
by ethanallen2 / September 30, 2006 11:48 PM PDT
In reply to: Not yet but...

I think we found the problem.

My sound device and network device are both IRQ 18

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