I've had a small home network for some years. I have 2 main desktop computers. One runs XP Home, and is set up as the gateway for a ICS using a broadband modem and is configured using the XP wizard. The other runs Windows 2000 professional. I also have a laptop (Windows XP) which I connect when necessary. There are no wireless connections. The W2000 machine is connected to my router via a co-ax cable, the two XP machine via standard connectors. This has been in operation for some time and there have been no hardware changes since it was working fine. For the last few weeks I have had no connectivity at all. The machines are unable to even ping each other, and obviously the laptop and W2000 machine are unable to obtain their IP addresses from the server.
I have ZoneAlarm firewall and Norton Antivirus on the server machine (xp firewall off) but I have tried closing these and it makes no difference.
The cables are all attached securely. The whole system has been powered off many times in the period of problems.
Can anyone suggest where I might start to look?