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Internet problems PC, but not network wide

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by atrac, Apr 17, 2008.

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  1. atrac

    atrac Thread Starter

    Mar 31, 2005
    Hi there,

    I have an xp pro machine hardwired to a netgear router. My wife has an 18 month dell laptop wirelessly connected to the network. At christmas I added a dell xps 1330, also wireless, this time running vista.

    Since approximately christmas, I have been having problems with the internet on the desktop. Some sites take a long time to reload, and others - particularly secure sites such as paypal or ebay - seem to stall, and just perpetually load without ever arriving. Sometimes if I refresh I can bump it along and get the result.

    I am running firefox, but if I switch to IE the problem remains. I even installed safari for windows just to check, and the problem remains on that too. I have also disabled the firewall on the desktop and this makes no difference. Both the laptops run fine.

    I used to have an ip reservation for the desktop on the router (this was useful because I regularly use remote desktop connection from within the network to access my desktop from downstairs), but have gotten rid of that and the problem still remains.

    So I think the problem is something on the desktop, or possibly the router. I don't think its a DNS / hosts issue because the sites do arrive in the end sometimes, and there are also times when the machine is better behaved and the sites to load without too much delay. I have checked for spyware / malware with nod32, spybot and adaware, and nothing.

    Any suggestions as to what might be causing this?
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