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Windows 7: Windows 7 computer (Shared) loses connection

07 May 2016   #1
Smokin Joe

Windows 7 64bit
Windows 7 computer (Shared) loses connection

I have had a Xp based network for years with no problems. Remote desktop connection to a shared computer. The same shared computer would have various drives that were shared and I could map network drives from it or remote desktop to it without issues.
I recently upgraded my office laptop to a newer computer and it is running windows 7 Pro.
Upgraded the shared computer( named Grunt) with shared drives to windows 7 at the same time.
Ever since changing my computers to Windows 7 I have a problem that has been reoccurring.
The Grunt will disappear from the network, the mapped drives will stop working(in the middle of streaming or copying a file) or/and the remote desktop connection will disconnect.
Very frustrating.
All computers same workgroup.
Windows 7 computers same homegroup
Looked online and saw that other people have had similar issues for years.
Unchecked ipv6 in adapter properties ...on all Win 7 Machines
Some fixes on the internet said to edit the registry
Problem is I have no HKLM section in MY registry...
What can I do to fix this problem?
I just noticed that if I connect from my laptop wirelessly and disable the ethernet adapter it seems to stay connected longer...
Also when Grunt disappears one shared resource remains..on Grunt...It is a folder that contains an old backup for my xp laptop that I replaced with the current Win 7 Laptop....

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09 May 2016   #2
Smokin Joe

Windows 7 64bit
Maybe Solved

So one of the sites suggested that I shut off flow control.
Apparently the Atheros L1 Gig onboard controller on my P5B sucks and I disabled flow control.
Texted a buddy and we bonded over what could be the problem. He put me on the right path.
I was trying to update the driver and got bored waiting for Windows to find an update on the web. It was lookin and lookin so I decided to give it time and after watching a porn and a half I decided to surf google.
Turns out the onboard nic has issues and it could be better to install a pci NIC.
Changed the properties settings on flow control and....
Turned the computer off....cold.... with a reach around to the power supply.

Works like a charm now
Later Dudes
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