I have a 2nd PC with an Abit NF7-S2 MB which is on 24x7 for p2p, file and printer sharing ...
Yesterday I starting having numerous problems which I narrowed down to the intergrated NIC which was getting 25-50% packet loss when pinging, which persisted despite restarts, cable changes, router resets, bypassing the router, antivirus and spyware scans ....
However switching to a PCI ethernet card yeiled 0 packet loss.
Suspecting a hardware problem, perhapse overheating, I ran prime95 for 20 hours (priority 10 large FFT's) and got 0 warnings 0 errors.
Finally this morning I take the system appart and gave all the fans a good dusting and now the integrated NIC is working at 100% again.
It would make perfect sense to me if the dust caused the system to overheat resulting in general instability.
I have fixed extremely PC's with nothing more than a can of compressed air. But the dust just affecting the NIC and only the NIC seems a bit odd.
1) Can dust really be that specific?
2) Should I just be happy the system works or should I keep running test, and if so which ones?