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Hi,

I have a home network at home made up of 2 pc's running winXP pro and an xbox. I have a 5 port workgroup hub to which they are all connected to. They all share internet connection through one of the PC's which has a ADSL usb modem (I will refer to this as PC1).

PC1 has a VIA VT6105 Rhine III Fast Ethernet Adapter (not onboard). PC2 has a NVIDIA nForce Network Controller which is the onboard one for my Abit NF7 Socket A motherboard.

PC2 used to be a PC with a VIA adapter as well but it erm caught fire so I replaced it when the Abit. PC2 also used to be the PC that the modem was connected to.

Now with the old network, the network used to run at a decent speed and the red collision light on the hub hardly ever flashed. Now, speeds seem sluggish in all directions and the collission LED is constantly on (or more accurately, very very rapid flickering). I'm thinking that since the only main change is that a VIA network card is now being used with a NVIDIA one, if that is the problem, how can I solve it?

The problems don't stop there, the xbox complains that it has a half duplex connection even though I have set it to autonegotiate full duplex 10mbs on PC2 (I can't force it on PC1 it doesn't like it (won't connect to network) - left it on Autonegotiate.

Moreover the xbox also complains that it does not have internet even though it can access it (it just says "No Internet" - everything else works as normal).

I;'ve also noticed in Windows Explorer under My Network Places>EntireNetwork>HOMENET on PC1, PC2 does not appear. even tho PC1 DOES appear on PC2 in the same section. The mapped network drives I've made for PC2 do however work and allow me to access PC2 from PC1.

I know nothing about networking, (maybe the very basics) and so need some help. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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1 down 8 billion problems to go....

"Moreover the xbox also complains that it does not have internet even though it can access it (it just says "No Internet" - everything else works as normal)."


I managed to fix this problem, unrelated to the network problem. It still reports that it is half duplex though I'm sure that IS related to the network issue.

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First off, if you use a switch, you'll probably avoid many of the collisions, and they're dirt cheap. Also, if the problems started when changing the NIC, try a different NIC, they're also dirt cheap.
 
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