A new kind of dial-up internet hell.
June 23, 2008 2:11 AM Subscribe
Archaic Windows dial-up networking question; why do I randomly lose internet connectivity (with dial-up still online) and can't get it back without restarting the computer?
posted by Jimbob to computers & internet (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
OS: Windows Vista
Due to a recent move to an internet black hole (Tasmania), we've had to resort to dial-up internet. We've been having a problem where we will randomly (as far as we can tell) lose network connectivity. Browsers (Firefox, IE, Opera, whatever) will no longer access sites, saying the sites "Exist but cannot be reached".
Similarly, other software (Yahoo messenger, Putty!) will also refuse to connect.
However, if I open up a command prompt, I can happily ping, nslookup, tracert without a problem.
Killing the dial-up connection and redialing doesn't help at all. Rebooting the PC fixes the problem 100% of the time.
I've tried disabling the only thing I can think of that might cause a problem, the anti-virus software (Avast!), but that doesn't help.
Any ideas how I can diagnose this problem? Why would every program that accesses the internet claim it can't connect, but low-level command-line utilities can?