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Network Connection Drops, Various Apps Wont Open

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April 27, 2010 11:57:14 PM

I've been having a bizarre problem for the last few days and can't seem to figure it out. I'm running XP Pro SP 2. After about an hour, my network connection will stop working.

At the same time, as I try to troubleshoot, applications will "fail to initialize". The applications often include IPCONFIG and Task Manager (which generates error code "0xc0000017"). I have no clue what would cause a network connection to drop AND task manager to fail to initialize.

I've tried:

  • Running my email program in the background to provide a continuity signal (yes I know - an old school fix - and it didn't work)

  • Repairing winsock (netsh winsock reset)

  • Repairing the network connection ("Windows cannot finish repairing the problem because the following action cannot be completed: Failed to query TCP/IP settings of the connection") Google has not been my friend in figuring that one out...

  • Confirming that various network related services are started (or set to automatic)

  • Turning off my firewall.

  • Flushing the DNS Cache

  • Moving the network card to another PCI slot

  • Using a different network card

  • Running Virus / Trojan scans (although my gut feeling is that this is a network and/or system issue and not malware issue)

  • and probably a few other fixes which have slipped my mind.

    This is going to take a reply from someone that really knows his/her stuff when it comes to networking/system issues. I'll look forward to your replies. Come, pull your hair out with me. :fou: 
    April 28, 2010 12:29:33 AM

    Have you looked into the stop error code? From what I just quickly searched, it's related to RAM/Virtual Memory.

    Have you also tried booting into safe mode with networking and seeing if the issues arises there?

    Good luck with your endeavors.
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    April 28, 2010 8:28:26 AM

    lyleb said:
    Heat issue with CPU ?
    Also try testing the memory. http://www.memtest.org/


    heh - like I said, I knew I'd forget some things.

    I tested the memory and found no problems. I can check the CPU temp via the BIOS every time I reboot, I frequently do check it, and haven't found anything unusual.

    I can do a warm reboot, where the system has had basically no time to cool down, and get my network and everything else working again, so I don't think this is a heat related issue.

    In any case, thank you for the ideas.
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    April 28, 2010 8:46:23 AM

    VanillaGorilla said:
    Have you looked into the stop error code? From what I just quickly searched, it's related to RAM/Virtual Memory.

    Have you also tried booting into safe mode with networking and seeing if the issues arises there?

    Good luck with your endeavors.


    I will try safe mode with networking on my next reboot.

    What did you search for when you found the RAM / Virtual Memory info? What did you find out? I'm a little overtired at this point, I easily could have missed something.

    Thanks
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    April 30, 2010 2:38:48 PM

    I just Google'd "0xc0000017" and the descriptions tell it all. I didn't do to much research but I'll take another look and see what I can find.
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