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Why does my broadband connection keep dropping?
only happens when I visit a certain site

 11:55 pm on Jun 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

In case the following info is useful:

Operating System: Win2K Pro with Service Pack 4
Browser: IE 6
ISP: Insight Communications
Modem: Motorola SB5100
Router: Netgear RP 614v2
Ethernet Card: 3COM 3CR990-TX-97

My cable broadband connection keeps on dropping whenever I visit http sports dot yahoo dot com (I think I am not supposed to post URIs so I have to list the URI this way).

After I visit this site I cannot surf other pages even if they are on other domains. And the only way I can restore the connection is to reboot the system. releasing and renewing the DHCP using ipconfig /release and /renew does not work.

What could be the reason? In fact I am able to post this message only after rebooting the system after another unsucessful attempt to browse that yahoo subdomain.



 6:01 am on Jun 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

no immediate answer springs to mind, but have you tried another browser and seeing what cookies said subdomain sets... I can't offer an explainantion but only offer a possible way to find out what could be causing the issue! Good luck solving this strange one!



 9:51 am on Jun 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

This is a long-shot, I'm not sure if you're using wireless, but I read recently that if you set your router to broadcast your SSID then your connection will not drop as much. This has something to do with allowing WinXP to configure your wireless network settings.


 6:39 pm on Jun 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have seen something similar only once and it was with probably IE4 on a win95 and dialup. The symptoms were identical however the issue was with a travel booking site. The problem was related to a bug in the graphical rendering of the browser. I disabled the "Show pictures" option in the advanced properties of IE to fix.

I would start by resetting all of your properties for IE to default.


 8:35 pm on Jun 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Last year I was having all kinds of weird connection problems, and it ended up being the modem. Can you try a different modem?


 5:06 pm on Jun 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

it may be a dialer installed by that webpage, which then disconnects you.


 5:54 pm on Jun 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't think Yahoo has started running dialer scams, but I could be wrong! :P

Could be something on the page isn't processing correctly and causing issues, but that doesn't make any sense.

Are you using a firewall? (I know zonealarm has caused some really, really funky issues)


 11:28 am on Jun 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

Try installing the Mozilla web browser (assuming you use the Internet Exploder at the moment) and see if that changes anything.

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