Can someone help with weird connectivity problem on several XP desktops?

By andrewkonosky ·
I have several Dell Vostro 200n desktops that have been giving me connectivity trouble for a while and I am certain it's not a hardware issue as I have tried using other NIC cards and it affects many systems. These systems worked before but a recent software update has caused this, so I tried on a clean XP SP3 install and have the same problem.

The LAN connection shows as connected in the control panel and has an IP address. Everything appears normal, however when trying to access any network paths I frequently get the message:

"\\server\share is not accessible. You might not have permissions... Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service"

After trying several times it will open the share folder but then intermittently as I'm browsing, I get the same error on subfolders and have to click several times to open them as well.

In Internet Explorer, web sites give me a "Page Cannot Be Displayed" DNS error on and off. I have to hit refresh several times and it will eventually load.

I am leaning towards a driver problem, however the NIC drivers don't seem to be the problem as I've tried both the driver CD, Microsoft Update, and the latest drivers from the Intel website. I have the same problem when disabling the onboard NIC in the BIOS and using a third party NIC & drivers.

This is on a fresh install of Windows XP SP3 but only seems to appear after I have installed all the Microsoft updates, but there are tons of updates and I don't know where to start. I have other Vostro 220, 220s, and 230 models that do not have this problem, but I can't find any definitive answers on google.

Any ideas?

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by lars_honeytoast In reply to Can someone help with wei ...

For the sharing issue, are the computers in the correct workgroup or part of a domain?

Are you using a wired or wireless connection?

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by OH Smeg In reply to Can someone help with wei ...

RAM is installed in these systems?

If it's low the last Patches may have exceeded the systems capacity to remain stable and reliable. If you look at the base install of XP you'll find 25 Process running but as you reach the full Patch Level in XP you get something like 40 + process running. The more patches you apply for XP and most of them are Security Patches if I remember correctly 61 out of 86 where Critical Security patches for XP the last time I applied the Updates to a SP3 Level Clean Install. What started as a fast system was reduced to barely usable by the time I had finished installing the XP Updates.


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