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Disconnect while playing online gam

July 4, 2007 at 07:34:44
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Pentium 4 2400 //

I've had the following problem for about a month now, its about getting disconnected when
playing online games. I simply get disconnected and the whole network is down. "DSL" light
shuts off on my modem, and I get disconnected from ventrilo/teamspeak as well as the game.
The signal comes back as soon as the game throws me out of the server. It happens to all online games I play,
mainly WoW, Warcraft 3 and Diablo 2.

It has never happened while downloading, browsing the internet or anything like that.
The disconnect is not regular, sometimes I can play an hour without the disconnect, sometimes it
occurs every 5th minute.

I've installed all firmware for router, modem. Firewall doesn't block any ports, in fact I
disabled the firewall completely. I've also tried playing with a different modem, network card and
router. Still same issue.

I have also formated the whole harddrive few times, issue did not resolve.

I really have no idea what the hell might be causing it, even gone as far as checking the telejack :p

hardware:
Belkin Router Wireless G PLUS MIMO router f59230-4
ZyXEL Prestige modem 645MP-A1
D-link desktop PCI network card (nothing fancy here :p)
Windows XP


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#1
July 5, 2007 at 05:08:20

i would look outside in the telephone box for spider webs, broken/loose wires.
have the tele co. run a line test to see if upstream noise might be present.
also, get a 50' telephone wire run straight out the that box to the filter on the modem.
see if the games drop out then

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#2
July 6, 2007 at 08:55:58

I did check the telebox, as you suggested.

I've also seen two interesting things lately. On startup of my PC, I saw some messeges about "No boot file recieved" or something like that, PXE-E53 problem. After 30-45 seconds "PXE-ROM" is exited and Windows starts booting. Under that time, the "DSL" or "WAN" light on my modem shuts off, (and whole network at home is down, of course). I've restored BIOS settings to default, so now I don't see the error message but the "WAN" light still is not lighted while booting my PC.

Another interesting thing is that I can play the same games, Diablo, Counter Strike, WoW, Warcraft 3 and god knows how many other that I've tried, on my brothers PC without ANY trouble. His PC is using the same DSL connection as I do, connected through router.

would that mean that there is something wrong with my PC/hardware/settings?


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#3
July 6, 2007 at 14:47:07

The "PXE-E53" message was because somehow your NIC got inserted in the boot-order; the order of devices your PC goes to for OS bootup instructions. When you reset BIOS to default that entry was removed.

It sounds like your network problem is a bad NIC from the steps you've taken so far to root-cause the problem. Download and install the latest drivers for your NIC. If you have an onboard NIC in addition to your D-Link card, disable it in BIOS. Then go pick up a new NIC if that doesn't work.


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