|Recently my wife's machine just started randomly losing it's network connection. Nothing has changed on her machine at all. Here's the details I can think of:|
- I'm running 3 computers behind a Linksys router. Only her computer has this issue. They all have static IPs. When the computer loses its connection, I can no longer ping the router, and of course none of the other machines on the network can see this machine then either.
- In addition to the onboard NIC, tried a PCI card
- Have removed the NIC from the device manager and reinstalled
- The following things restore the connection SOMETIMES, but none of them work consistently: disabling/re-enabling the connection in the "network connecitons", rebooting
- Using the "repair" option on the connection always says that it worked, but never restores the connection.
- It seems to possibly get worse over time. This part I'm not sure about, but it seems like after each time I've removed and re-added the connection, it seemed to work for a day or two. After that, when I start just trying the disable/re-enable, or reboot it seems to start losing connection after shorter and shorter times. Several times it has eventually got to the point where I couldn't keep a connection for more than a couple of minutes. I don't know if this actually gets worse with time, or if it's just random in how long it will hold its connection.
- have checked for viruses, adware/spyware, etc. used registry mechanic to look for any problems there.
Is there anything else I can try aside from a total XP re-install? Any other tools that might help find the problem? Some netstat commands or something? (I'm not very familiar with all the netstat commands). I really don't want to do a complete re-install but I'm running out of ideas here.