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Two XP home mach with AOL cable

By netvistas ·
Two identical Dells with XP home and AOL broadband with linksys BEFSR41 router. One machine is FINE and the other will not surf the web. It will ping any IP, send and receive email. This machine was full of spyware - enCase, more tool bars than I've ever seen. However it works fine with a dial-up (AOL 8 only!). If you need more info please contact me.
Oh yes. Reinstall of XP had no effect.

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by CG IT In reply to Two XP home mach with AOL ...

humm 2 identical Dells, A Linksys router, AOL broadband [that's the always on broadband ISP? or do you have to launch AOL and connect to them to get broadband? ]. One of the Dells that won't surf has connectivity [verified because you can ping sites and get mail ] but won't browse the internet AND you reinstalled XP Home on the one that doesn't work and it still doesn't work. [get ad aware or spybot search & destroy for the spyware and junk]
So, are you using 2 different AOL accounts one on each Dell???? LAst I remember AOL is peculiar that way. You can have multiple user names under one account but you can only log in under one name on that account at a time.

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geez forgot to ask, what's the TCP/IP info for both Dells and what info is on the status page of your linksys DSL/Cable router? e.g. LAN and WAN info? oh and are you using the routers DHCP option?

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by Greybeard770 In reply to Two XP home mach with AOL ...

Reinstalling XP on top of the old version still leaves all the crap that was there before. You would need to do a format & reinstall or use a Recovery CD that may come with the computer. I would try cleanint it up with Ad-Aware and SpyBot - yes BOTH of them.

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by ArthurP In reply to Two XP home mach with AOL ...

Q. does the router have a DSL "modem" built-in ?

I'm currently using a "Belkin", where I've set my partner up as "auto-connect", and I have to launch my AOL client to collect my mail and surf the web ... secondly take a look at the MTU upon the second machine, AOL doesn't like anything less than 1430 from the router, however, upon the internal network you can set the MTU at 1400, which will provide connection ....
Download DRTCP from this site & set the MTU ... .. think that might solve the problem ... also reduce the caching size, and set the "check for updates" with IE to when visiting the site ...
Let me know if it works ...

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