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I have just finished a fresh reformat and reinstall of the OS bringing the seqeunce to 22 times in 2 1/2 years on this particular machine but luckily I have had a stable system for the last 12 months proor to this overhaul. (I reckon this is a record for XP Pro and was neccessary due to DVD/RW and CD/RW related issues.

I have also just finished installing all my applications, service packing and all the usual stuff and needless to say am having problems right from the get go. A problem with app menues 'whiting' out on me is a thread I started elsewhere here but can anyone help with the Internet Connection Problem.

I have a Webstar Scientific Atlantic Cable Modem (USB Connection) whick connects at 512 kbps - well used to once upon a time. Since the reinstal I am getting timeout after timeot and very poor page dowload tomes. In some cases this might be attributable to the sites I'm trying to connect to which are lirttered with ads. Isn't it just amazing that idiot web masters insist on hosting ads on their sites when the better half of the computing comunity are trying to keep such C*** of their macihnes, eh? (Guess we're dealing with ex-Micro$oft employees. Never seem to get the message).

I popped open netstat last night as I was viewing and find open TCP/IP connections to such delicacies as reverse.the.planet.com and hypermakers.net just for example on one particular site. This is with Firefox running and adblock enabled. I'm not sure that this is the root of the connection problem but nevertheless I do not wan't these people connecting to me when browsing a site in good faith. Thoughts on this one please and instructions on how to permanently block the IP's for same. Unfortunately I am running windows firewall which offers precious few options to this end. The assumption being that everything is blocked unless you allow it.

To the root of the problem - I strongly suspect once again that the Gates Organisation are culpable through their Service Packs. My bandwith has suffered much the same fate as the Thanksgiving Turkey will in a few weeks time - strangled to death. I'm sure others have faced this very same problem and some of you have figures out how to get the performance back.

Thanking you in advance for your observations and assistance. Sorry if a little wordy!

Vote with your conscience - don't buy Micro$oft, They're stealing your money!
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Try WinsockXPFix near the top of the list here

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