I have an odd problem I would like some advice with. The server seems to freeze when performing certain network connection operations. I have set up a continuous ping to watch network traffic, and when I perform the operation the ping goes from a healthy return to request timed out. While the network is frozen, the system appears to freeze as well - taskbar is unresponsive and clicking on quick launch icons do nothing. When the operation is cancelled (by cancelling or yanking out the network/sync cable), the ping eventually returns to normal, and the taskbar catches up with clicks and the quick launched programs start. There is nothing in the event viewer to indicate a problem.
So far, I have noticed this happening with:
Connecting to a local (but not remote) MySQL installation
Connecting to MSN (both Miranda and Trillian)
Connecting my smartphone using Active Sync - device connects ok then causes hang during "Looking for changes".
I have tried installing a new network card incase it was an onboard nic issue but the problem persists. I have tried a few hotfixes that sounded relevant, but nothing helped.
I am curious to investigate what is causing this problem, so any insights that you can offer to help me narrow down the problem would be greatly appreciated. I imagine there is commonality to the connection method in these cases, and it is causing a conflict somewhere.
Thanks for your time,