Internet Connection Active but No web browsing


I just did a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and I'm having a bit of a problem connecting to the internet. The Network & Sharing Center says I have an active connection and I can see packets being sent and received. However, when I open IE8 or FF no web pages can be displayed. They are in a constant state of "Waiting for Reply". To confuse things further, gadgets on my desktop are being updated with an internet connection, albeit randomly. For instance, if I change the zip code on the weather gadget and save it takes up to 15 minutes to refresh the weather for that city.

I know that I have an active internet connection because I have another computer on the same router with no issues (Windows XP). The computer I am having issues with was using Vista previously. I did a clean install to Windows 7 x64 and this is when I started having issues.

I have read in other threads that nvidia has released updated drivers but since I can not connect to the internet I can not update them through that computer. If I wanted to download drivers on the XP computer for the W7 computer, how would I know what model device I have and what drivers I would need? The Nvidia website asks for product, device and series and I have no idea how to find out what I am using so I can get the proper updates.

Here are my stats:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ 2.60GHz
NVIDIA nForce Network Controller

If more information is needed just let me know. I have scoured the internet for help with this so any and all help would be greatly appreciated! :)

This is a long shot... but can you test it for me... it's easy to reverse:

Go to Task Manager /services /services and Disabled the Function Discovery
Resource Publication

Note: Windows 7's new "HomeGroup" connectivity requires this service.

Reboot and let me know please.

Thank you for the feedback TBlount. I tried what you suggested and still no luck. After a reboot Windows is still saying that I am connected to the internet however I can not web browse. Actually, the gadgets are no longer connecting to the internet either. I am going to turn that service back on and we'll take it from there.

Thank you for replying though! I'm sure you can imagine how frustrating this can be.


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There have been several folks that could not seem to use a browser to reach the net. You may find something in another thread. You might also check for firewalls, anti-virus programs that might be blocking it. Maybe try turning off add-ons or accelerators.

But for now, could you type this in your browser address window and see if you can get to the site?

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