This is a bit of a last resort. I'm running
Windows XP SP3 on a fairly old computer from
around 2006 (3.2ghz, upgraded to 4gb RAM
etc.) I use a Belkin 802.11g wireless card,
connecting to a Linksys WRT54G wireless
A few months ago, I started having odd
connection issues. Nothing new was
installed/uninstalled. Previously, the last thing
uninstalled was a Steam version of M&M:Dark
Messiah, but that was about a week previous.
What would happen is that whilst browsing the
internet (Chrome) the browser would not
connect, saying 'Resolving Host'. When this
was happening, no other browser would work
(they'd just be 'loading'). Other programs would
work (so, League of Legends would work
except for the 'browser' bits such as news,
Google Talk would work). I would have full
signal, packets being sent, and I could always
connect to the router config utility. I looked
around, read a load of stuff about DNS
problems, tried the fixes, with no luck.
Eventually I stumbled across someone who
recommended I turn off UPnP function of my
router. I did so, and things miraculously
worked. No problems at all.
Until last week. Despite the UPnP function
being off, and despite not changing anything
(to my knowledge) my internet has gone crazy
again. It's worse than before. Posting this was
an exercise in frustration - more 'resolving host'
problems. Interestingly, the problem has
spread to other programs - AdAware can't
connect to the server and thus can't run,
apparently; other scanners show no
malware/spyware. Connecting to League of
Legends is much slower - although once I am
in the game, it runs entirely properly - as low a
ping as ever. I've searched around and entirely
failed to find a solution that works. On Chrome
I disabled DNS-pre fetching, and that seemed
to help, for about 2 minutes. Then back to
I have had ZoneAlarm installed in the past, and
have Avast! running. I recently reinstalled ZA
after the problems restarted to see if that
would change anything, but nothing so far.
Any help? I'm more than willing to provide
extra information - not entirely sure what would
Thanks a lot!