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March 29, 2006, 3:40 am
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Linksys router on a cable connection.
About every 30 minutes, more often when I'm doing something bandwidth
intensive (downloading video or streaming music for example,) the
connection drops. I can't even ping anything.
I have to go to network connections and "repair" the connection to get
(It's a built-in the mobo Realtek RTL8139/810x NIC. I've tried using
the drivers that came with the mobo, the latest Microsoft signed
drivers from auto-update, and the latest drivers from RealTek... the
connection death happens regardless.)
Thing is, I know it must be related to Windows because I can boot up in
Linux (Fedora Core 4) and nevel loose connectivity.
In both OS's I have it set to a static IP, gateway, subnet, DNS, etc.
But I've also tried DHCP. No change.
I guess I could go out and buy a PCI NIC, but I'd rather not spend the
money if it's a setting issue, which I'm tempted to believe since it
only happens in Windows.
Is there any recommendations of what I can take a look at, what options
or settings I can play with, to try to keep the NIC from having to be
"repaired" every 20 to 30 minutes?
Re: Why NIC keeps dying in WindowsXP? Keep repairing.
When I've contacted MS tech support, they say there is no HCL now;
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/default.mspx says "
Products Designed for Microsoft Windows – Windows Catalog and HCL
Updated: March 28, 2006
Windows Marketplace and the Windows Catalogs are the comprehensive
listings for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000. The HCLs
are no longer maintained as a comprehensive reference."
MS tech Support told me "How to determine if a part is compatible in
the future To do this, when you purchase any new hardware it should come
with a logo stating that it is compatible with Windows XP"
I don't think I've ever seen a nic with that logo, or a mainboard, etc.
I've noticed similar problems with my DVD drive. I can't copy files or
install games if I use XP. (Yes, i have the latest drivers, firmwares
etc). Under Ubuntu (linux distro), no problems. I used to have win ME
and it worked fine too. I just wonder what's different in XP SP2 that
there seems to be a lot of compatibility problems. DRM???