Internet problem with Vista
Computer: HP Pavillion dv9205us (AMD Turion 64)
Software: Windows Vista Home Premium (32 bit), Internet Explore 7, Firefox
188.8.131.52, CA Internet Security for antivirus/firewall, Yahoo! Messenger
Network: Cable modem, Belkin Wireless G router (F5D7230-4), with 2 computers
and printer attached via Ethernet and the laptop via WiFi (signal strength
varies 40 - 100% depending on location)
About a week ago I started having problems with the internet on the laptop.
I would boot the laptop, log in, Yahoo! would start and log in automatically.
I'd bring up the web browser (either one) and start browsing. It would work
fine for one to a few web pages, but eventually either it wouldn't load a new
page or the page loading would hang halfway though, no error, just the
browser saying "waiting for www.whatever.com". Yahoo! appears to stay online
but can't send or get messages, and if I leave it on it eventually times out.
Other programs that connect through the web fail to connect either on launch
or shortly after. Both desktops (running XP) work fine. The laptop was
working fine up until this time. As far as I know, *I* did not change
anything on the computer (Microsoft et al, who knows?)
Under DOS (as administrator) flushed the DNS cache - did not help
Placed laptop next to router to ensure good signal - did not help
Plugged laptop directly into router - did not help
Happens whether laptop is on battery or on power cord power
Does anyone have any other ideas what I can do to fix this?