broadband connection problem
I know very little about connection problems, so maybe somebody can help me. I'd be nice to do school work from my pc instead of the family computer. Anyhow...
We have a motorla SURFboard cable modem. We have a broadband internet connection which is advertised at 256K. The modem software is properly installed onto the family pc, and I am currently sending this message from the family pc. The digital, coaxial cable runs into the back of the modem, then the modem plugs into the family PC via usb. My computer, is hooked into a LAN output jack, in which the cord runs directly from the back of the modem, throughout the house via a 50 foot lan cord, into the back of my computer going into my motherboard's onboard LAN. Both computers use the same modem. This has worked flawlessly and effortlessly ever since I built my pc.
The LAN, and motherboard drivers for my pc are installed properly, and up-to-date. Not only that, but the connection is active, so-to-speak. I can uninstall the network adapter, then when I goto the networking performance tab on system properties with Windows XP it shows that no adapter is found. So, the drivers get reinstalled, and then the networking performance tab has the typical chart and shows the connection as operational. I can also unhook my cable from the back of the modem by the family pc, then my computer will say a local area network cable is unplugged.
However, I cannot get anything that connects to the internet to load at all. I get DNS errors, p2p file tranfer progs won't connect and outlook tries to receive messages forever.
It shows that it's active, but it won't receive anything or "work." The kicker is, it worked like 2 days ago, perfectly. All I did was shut my computer off for the night, then tried to use it the next day, and have been observing this problem ever since. I didn't change a dang thing and I make sure to show profenciency in system software.
Shoot, when my dad brings a laptop home from school which has onboard LAN, he does the same thing I usually do. He plugs the output jack on the modem into the LAN jack on the laptop and instant internet.
Any ideas why mine is being stubborn?