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Old 05-24-03, 06:58 PM
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Loosing internet connection when computer left on overnight ?

I don't know why but when my computer is left on overnight, I lost internet connection. I tried to launch the web browser (IE) and get notthing but a blank/error page. If I restart my computer, everything would be back to normal. It also happened when I'm not using the computer for a few hours.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Dell Dimension 4400
Pentium 4, 1.90 GHz
WinXP Pro SP1
512 MB of RAM
(using insightbb cable connection)

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Old 05-24-03, 07:44 PM
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Some sort of inactivity shutoff with your ISP maybe?
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Probably power management. Turn it off.
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Old 05-24-03, 08:38 PM
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I second power management as the cause
computer is either going into suspend or hibernate
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Old 05-24-03, 09:55 PM
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Does your computer automatically renew IP's? It does sound like your ISP is somehow closing your connection after idle. Download some program that 'pings' somewhere every X minutes, leave it on overnight, see if that works--I use Mailwasher, and set it to check mail every nine minutes.
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Old 05-24-03, 10:00 PM
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I don't have a clue why it does that. Here is my Power Management setting:

Turn off Monitor : After 20 minutes
Turn off hard disk : Never
System Standby : Never
System hibernates : Never
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Old 05-25-03, 09:56 AM
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I had that problem from time to time a couple of years ago. For me, it turned out that my nic wasn't making good contact in the pci slot. The contacts on it looked kind of "faded". Anyway, got a new nic and never had another problem.
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Old 05-25-03, 10:50 AM
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Originally posted by Alvis
I had that problem from time to time a couple of years ago. For me, it turned out that my nic wasn't making good contact in the pci slot. The contacts on it looked kind of "faded". Anyway, got a new nic and never had another problem.
The thing is, I have 2 computer connect to internet via a router. Dell Dimension 4400 and 4500.
Both of them are doing the same thing. Do you think it could be the Nic ?
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Old 05-26-03, 01:30 AM
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Try dtcarson's idea. Download a program or use a program (email) to keep the connection alive.
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Old 05-27-03, 01:14 PM
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It could be a problem with the router. I have D-Link router that would lose internet connection from time to time, even when there are connections going on.
Sometimes, it even needed to be reset before it would reconnect.
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Old 05-27-03, 04:52 PM
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Originally posted by poochie
It could be a problem with the router. I have D-Link router that would lose internet connection from time to time, even when there are connections going on.
Sometimes, it even needed to be reset before it would reconnect.
Ah, I see....I'm using a D-Link DI 604 router and occasionally have to reset it. I don't know why, I have the latest firm ware...
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I also have a DLink, Di704, and I do lose my connection sometimes, but it's rare--about once or twice a month; a reboot or flip on/off of the route rusually gets it going.
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My old DLink 614+ would lose its connection as well and require a reset. Sometimes this would happen frequently, sometimes not at all for weeks on end.
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Old 05-29-03, 09:57 AM
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I also have DI-604. This web page talks about a possible fix for those that upgraded the firmware:
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/rema...rt=1~mode=flat

The reboot issue should not occur with F/W 2.10. This FAQ might help those who experience problems when updating the firmware on the DI-604/614+:
F/W Update Help

Updating to F/W 2.10 will wipe out the configuration on the gateway. We recommend performing a hard reset on the gateway after applying the update. After the firmware is applied, release and renew the IP address on the computer to verify that it has properly obtained an address from the gateway.
IP Config 98/ME
IP Config 2000/XP
You should get an address in the 192.168.0.x range.

Next, log into the web management with your browser.
Help Accessing Web Config

Access the WAN configuration and configure the settings as needed. If you have cable, you may need to Clone the MAC address FROM THE COMPUTER THAT NORMALLY MAKES THE CONNECTION TO THE INTERNET. If you have DSL, select PPPoE and enter your username and password just like you do when signing on with the PC connected to the modem. Apply your changes.

Close the browser, then power off the modem and the gateway. Power the modem on first letting it completely stabilize. When the modem is ready, turn the gateway back on and let it stabilize. Test your internet connection, you should be online.
I'm going to try it myself.
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Old 05-30-03, 07:07 AM
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You all are awesome! I was posting a question in this forum when I came across this thread...I also have a 614+ with the same type of symptoms...once or twice a month...I'll give Poochie's find a try. Thanks all!
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