Okay, this might take a moment to explain, but... I'll do my best to be as precise as possible.
Roughly a month ago I found myself, rather out of the blue, unable to connect to the internet. I have never had a problem like this in the past. I got a connection when I first powered up the machine, and every time I rebooted it - but the connection only lasted a maximum of five minutes. The first thing I thought to do was check for any viruses or malware. Scans came back clean. I ran through a number of fixes that were tossed at me, including disabling the net card and scanning for it again. Nothing worked. After seemingly exhausting my possibilities we took a shot and determined that it had to be a hardware issue and ordered me a new card.
I got the card installed, and instantly I was back online and all seemed right with the world. This lasted for exactly ONE WEEK... and then, I noticed I was having problems with my connection seeming really laggy. I didn't think much of it at the time to be honest, as I was running an image render in a 3d imaging program and this can slow my system down if the image is intense. The image finished, and sure enough it seemed okay then... for about an hour and it started acting up again. I decided just to shut down for the night as it was late anyway, and figured I would putz with it in the morning. However, when I booted back up I once again had no internet connection.
Again virus scans and malware scans were run, and again they came back clean. Then, it was suggested that perhaps something corrupted in my windows files and to try a repair or reinstall of them. So, I did... but this did not help one bit either. Finally, I became so frustrated that I decided to hell with it, and I formatted the drive and decided to start from scratch. Not even THIS helped. I still cannot connect to the internet.
So, then we figured, okay - maybe in some weird fluke, the new card crapped out. So, I borrowed my Mom's wireless USB adapter and tried that - but not even IT will connect to the internet. I am SO tired of this, so frustrated that it almost puts me in tears. This just isn't funny anymore.
OS is WinXP Pro
ISP is Road Runner
connect to the internet via a Netgear router (normally wired connection)
Currently 4 other computers are connected to this router without problems - 3 wireless (this includes the one I'm typing from) and 1 wired
Any advice or help would be most appreciated.