For at least 6 months my internet connection has been unpredictably unstable. The funny thing is, when I get a disconnection, it does not behave like a normal disconnection. It is more like a cut-off. When a true disconnection happens, phone equipment and modems are sent a signal from telecom/ISP that a disconnection has occured. To which then my ISP client disconnects automatically, which is rare. All other times, as in 95% of the time, I get a cut-off, where the modem is confused and does not recognize it as a disconnetion, thus I have manually disconnect and reconnect. These cut-offs occur randomly, number in the range of 50+ per month, no exaggerations. I use a US Robotics Pro Modem. Some statistics you may want to know: - My other PC suffers the same problem - Neighbors in the area report the same problems - Same problem has occured with multiple ISPs - Verizon is my telecom, and when I had them as and ISP, same problems occured (now I have Earthlink). - Regardless of what I am doing on net, browsing, MMO gaming, email, cut-offs occur - Sometimes I seem to have cut-off black out periods, where I am cut-off several times within a 10 minute period - One time when I played and MMO, City of Heroes, I was cut-off 8 times within a 15 minute period. And yep, I relogged everytime because my team need help in fighting and archvillian, I was the only main damager (we finally buryed the AV) - I did a complete reinstall in the past, no changes - Whether I use SP1 or SP2, same problem - I have switched modems between both PCs, same problems - I have updated drivers in BIOS, video, sound, and modem - We have had 3 technicians out here, and so have the area neighbors have had technicians out here - My first bottle neck backbone from my telecom (Verizon) is a relay box dated in the 1970s/80s. The box only supports up to 28.8k speed. The relay box is also overloaded, having absolutely no spare lines - The technicians believe that the telecom grid out here is dated and cannot handle internet bandwidth, it can just barely handle phone calls - In my modem settings turning compression off does not solve the problem. Note that error control must be left on, or data transmissions are slow and unstable. - Lowering the speed of the modem actually makes my connection less stable! You'd think it would not since the relay boxes are slow. - Cut-offs are random and happen just about anytime - One of the technicians also believes that the relay boxes are more susceptable to bad wheather and thus cut-offs occur more often during these times. But even on a summer Sunday, I have had cut-offs out the ying-yang - The relay box down the road was so full one time that they had to give someone DSL (as in pratically GIVE it away) in order to free up a phone line so someone could have a phone - I have tried to adjust all types of settings and still the cut-offs persist - I use premium phone cable, the expensive stuff! Note that I have directly connected to the telco box outside and the cut-offs still persist, and that is with both phone lines - Verizon is unable to provide DSL here, about a mile away from the folks who have DSL down the road. Note that Verizon, from some stupid reason, has fiber optic running across the powerlines just outside the door - I have extensive internet security software, yet I do keep things like virus auto scan off, so my PC is running fast tip-top shape - If I am lucky, I can go several hours without cut-offs. But in most cases, and most days, I generally have 3 cut-offs at least. - I have placed my modem in a different PCI slot - My system is kept cool, floating around 40 degrees, except for maybe the power supply, which is understandable. 2 side intake fans, 2 exit fans, PSU area wire intake fan, dual fans built into PSU, fan on processor and video card, and two front intake fans for the SATA hard drives. I think that's all of them. There should be very little turbulance, I made sure my CPU fan was facing the proper direction. So what can I do? At first I thought this was a CPU voltage problem, but the same thing happens to the other PC as well. Are these constant ruthless cut-offs the working of a mad organization of evil scientists known as Verizon bent on taking over the world :suspiciou , or is there something lurky dark and decrepit in my PC? Can Verizon, if it is the telecom, be criminally charged with cyberterrorism? What about the FCC, can those fedboys do anything? I will be starting up and online degree and I am just not going to tolerate these rediculous cut-offs. I'm about ready to take a 12 lbs. sledge :knock: to that relay box down the road unless I am able to find some other solutions. Thx for any help.