I'm hopeful that salvation lies within these pages....
I run a 4 pc network, all with XP Pro SP2, using one pc as the "server" which has the ICS and acts as the network drive/ shared folder.
Just lately, I've been getting problem after problem with network connectivity and also the internet dropping out (due in part to a rather crap "three" broadband modem (have to use a wireless modem as we do not have cabled BB in this area - stone age I know!)) and now I've totally lost connectivity with my pc on the network.
I thought this may have been the network card - so I replaced it to no avail. I also replaced the switch and the cable, but again no joy.
As I needed to get my emails, I swapped the modem from the "server" pc to my pc and set up the BB connection on that. Joy - I could receive emails and surf the net - so could two of the other pc's (not the original server). Unfortunately, the "server" now has the same problem that my pc originally had - i.e. limited or no connectivity.
It's not receiving any packets but is sending them.
I've tried the winsock fix, messing around with the NIC settings (I've read loads of threads on this) but just can't get to the bottom of it.
I even swapped all of the pc's to Mozilla Firefox as I was told this would solve the problem.
Finally, I even tried a patch from Microsoft, but again no joy.
Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated as I'm no computer genius but think it may have something to do with the DHCP settings.
Thanks in advance for even looking into this.