Please help! I am at my wits end.
I am by no means a techy, but I feel I am intelligent enough to read these forums and follow directions, but I digress...
My issue, I have a very simple home network which consists of a DSL modem, a router, and 2 computers (1 laptop and one desktop,both running MS XP SP3 and hard wired into the router). All of a sudden my desktop computer stopped being able to share on the network and then eventually it lost its internet access as well, all the while the laptop is completely unaffected. I've literally tried EVERY fix that I found/read including changing my network adapter and updating the drivers, swapping out the cables, and changing the configuration of the network adapter. I've run through a series of pings. The working laptop does not see the desktop. The desktop fails when pinging the default gateway and the laptop, it is only successful when pinging itself. I've noticed when monitoring the attached devices from my Netgear browser interface on the laptop during a reboot of the desktop, it shows up but eventually disappears (a couple minutes after the reboot cycle completes). I've even noticed that I gain internet access after reboot, but only for about 5 min before it goes away.
Has anyone seen this type of behavior? Could it be software/firmware related? I am having real trouble believing its a hardware issue as I've replaced all of the network hardware on that side of the router related to the problematic desktop, and the rest of the network hardware seems to be fine (in my assessment) as the laptop functions perfectly. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated as this computer being on the network is essential to my day to day work. Thanks, Wits End