Why can't my computer connect to the internet reliably?
January 22, 2008 7:56 AM Subscribe
I'm having an intermittent problem connecting to the internet, and the problem appears to be narrowed down to one computer, as others on the network are not affected. I say intermittent because if I click links or enter a url enough times, it eventually connects.
posted by entropic to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My desktop at home has Windows XP installed, and I mostly use Firefox (although the problem is not solved by switching to IE). When I attempt to click a link on a webpage, usually nothing happens. If I click enough times, eventually the status bar and/or indicator on the tab open will show that it's working, and a connection will be made. Same thing happens if I enter a url in the address bar - at first, nothing, but if I hit enter enough times, eventually the page will load, although often incompletely.
I know the problem is isolated to my computer (and not a router/ISP problem) because my wife's laptop connected to the same network has no problems at all. Additionally, the problem exists whether I'm connected with an ethernet cable or using a wireless adapter.
I've tried rebooting, but this seems to do nothing. I'm not really sure where to start a google search for this issue, as I find it difficult/lengthy to explain and I'm not sure what terms I should be using.
Are there certain settings in Windows that I can reset to defaults or check for problems?