This morning my network started being very intermittent. The connection only drops for a couple of seconds so you don't really notice it when browsing, but when streaming music from my network drive, or when connected to mIRC, every 3-5mins the connection drops so the stream cuts out / mIRC disconnects. My PC is hooked up to the router via ethernet lead and runs win7 64bit. I have a cable modem info here. I've done pretty much everything I can think of to try and fix this.
The most bizarre thing is that if I run foobar2000 (my music player) in 'safe mode' (doesn't load any plugins), then the music streams for a lot longer before cutting out compared with when stream in normal mode.
Also, the connection works fine on my laptop on both wireless and ethernet. And so does streaming music from the media drive. So I'm pretty sure it must be my computer port. It's almost as if when there's a higher load on the port then it forces the connection to drop. However, saying that, if I run a speed test I get top speeds and the test completes without issues. I've also run windows in safe mode and it works on that too, which suggests its a windows update or something that has created the issue. So I did a system restore to a week before it started occurring and I get the same problem, so it cant be? I'm completely baffled.
I'm starting to think it's my Ethernet port, but I thought I'd ask here first just in case some has a solution. But first, here is what I've tried so far:
- Restarted router
- Changed etherenet lead
- Uninstalled / reinstalled ethernet drivers
- Disabled / Enabled DHCP on router to force local IP change.
- System Restore to 2 days before it started happening.
- Changed speed to half duplex
- Pinged my PC from the router - 10/10 1ms responses.
I've rebooted my PC / router after every step above.
Please help this is so annoying.