Below is the procedure for removing the ethernet device and then let xp reinstall it on reboot. Incidentally, if folks are having problems like I did and even if you are not using Internet connection sharing, your ethernet device which connects to your gateway router could be hosed up in the same manner and require removal and re-install. I'm pretty convinced this was a packet/frame dropping issue: Right click the 'My computer' icon on the desktop Select 'Properties' Select 'Hardware' tab Select 'Device Manager' Select 'Network Adapters' by clicking the '+' sign Right click the adapter connecting the pc to the home lan or gateway router Select 'Uninstall' Reboot XP will find the device again and reload the drivers for it. If you don't want to use file and print sharing and QOS, be sure to go to Network and Internet connections from control panel, Change settings for the device and unselect file and print sharing and qos. Hope this helps!!