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I've been having some problems with my internet connection lately.

I'm on Windows XP SP2, using IE7/Firefox 2.0. I'm on a broadband cable connection.

So, basically, using my internet connection makes my internet connection stop working.

I can connect to, say, MSN Messenger just fine. I'll even stay connected. But once I open IE, Firefox, or open World of Warcraft and start downloading a patch for it, my connection starts dying.

Webpages won't load, and the patch for World of Warcraft quits downloading. If I'm connected to MSN Messenger while this happens, I'll also disconnect from MSN.

Curiously, uninstalling IE7 and reverting to IE6 kind of stopped the problem. Firefox and WoW still disconnect me, but IE6 doesn't.

Once I do disconnect, the Windows connection tool will briefly try to reconnect before informing me that I have "limited or no connectivity," and the only immediately-apparent way to reconnect is to run the Windows XP Connection Diagnostic tool, or restart my PC. If it does reconnect on it's own it takes longer than the five minutes I waited patiently. When I do reconnect with the diagnostic tool, the connection will drop again within a minute.

I've tried directly connecting from my modem to my PC, so it's not an issue with my router, and all the other PCs on my network are fine, so it's not a problem with my modem. It's a problem on my PC.

Virus scan turned up blank, using AVG.

Help me? =\
 

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Go to the Control Panel and to Network Connections. Right click on the network connection (not "Internet Connection," but the actual 'connection' that has your ethernet device listed underneath it.) Then click on TCP/IP and click Properties. Make sure all of those are set to "acquire an IP address automatically." Also make sure the other computers on your network are set to this. I think there might be more than one PC on your network that is trying to use the same IP address.
 

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Thanks, I'll give it a try next time I'm on that PC. I hop between two houses, so it'll take a day or two to find the time to mess around with the settings over there. I'll be sure to get back to you with results. =D
 

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It was already set to acquire an IP address automatically.


Worth mentioning is that this all happened suddenly, it went from working fine to not working at all. I didn't change any settings or anything, it went from working fine when I turned the PC off to not working when I turned it back on.
 
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